BOISE Idahoans watched Sunday afternoon as the United States men's soccer team was merely seconds away from clinching a berth in the knockout stage at the World Cup.
The team clung to a two-to-one lead over Portugal, but the Americans had to settle for a draw.
Gone Rogue Pub in Boise was at capacity to cater to thrilled soccer fans.
Rowdy, yelled Kimberly Chestler from within the crowd. It is really busy.
Melissa Williams, the manager of Gone Rogue Pub, said the bar the official gathering place for the American Outlaw Soccer Team, a national soccer fan club for the American team.
Everyone has come and supported us, she said. We are a locally-owned veteran pub, so it s great.
The pub airs the World Cup games and brings in more staff to make sure the bar is properly suited to do so. The second Team USA match even put the bar over its occupancy level, leaving some soccer fans waiting outside the door.
(The) first game, we were just blown away and we knew it would just grow and grow, Williams said.
Many fans told KTVB that the atmosphere at the pub was very exciting.
It s off the hook, Brian Granvall said. This place, I have never seen it this packed either and it s just a great thing to celebrate the USA with their chance to go to the 16 and here we are.
While some are soaking in every last moment of USA soccer glory, others at the pub on Sunday believe the soccer watching is a fad.
People are just glomming onto it because the U.S. is doing so well, one fan said. A month from now we will never know about soccer.
I think they got two more in them and that is about it, Marcus Scott said.
The Americans may need at least a point Thursday against Germany to advance to the knockout stage. They could advance with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game that will be played simultaneously.
Idaho fans will be there watching from the nearest watering hole.
I think it s a great excuse to get together with a thousand of your best friends that you have never met and have a few beers, Granvall said.