KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WDAF) – The United States Men’s National Team advances to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The group stage ends on Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park. USMNT won against Canada – won 1-0.
USA got off to a strong start – scoring in the first minute of the game!
Not what Jerome Duval and Will Burridge wanted to see. They come from New Brunswick and Ontario.
“I thought it was like a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Duval said. “I’ve been here for two weeks at most.”
The couple are in the Canadian Army, but are currently studying with the United States at Fort Leavenworth.
“The best allies in the world,” Duval said. “So a Canada-US match would be great.”
Allies on the battlefield face each other in the Gold Cup on the football field.
Their sponsor family thought it would be fun to play a friendly.
“It was like a really great time when we got here and this is happening,” said Burridge, “and it feels great to have a bit of international competition and have fun.
But there weren’t enough Maples in the crowd for Canada. America scored the winning goal!
“I guess beating a local opponent,” said Crystal Zamora.
Old work buddies met up again to see the USMNT in action.
“I drove 3 hours for the game,” said Zamora. “The ball is always in motion, the action is always there and the talent is on a higher level in my mind for international sport.”
Another couple from Liberty witnessed the World Cup during their honeymoon in Brazil in 2014.
On Sunday, Tara Otterson and her husband brought their two children to the game – and hopefully the World Cup comes to Kansas City in 2026.
“We would love for them to have a place here and watch the game and the world cup here,” said Otterson.
Their son Landon, 6, aspires to one day be on the field doing his favorite thing, “scoring goals”.
The players don’t wear capes, but they act as “heroes” in the eyes of children and those with childish souls.
“I love it. I used to play football when I was young,” said Soccer fan Fortino Fierro. “I’m 75, but I’m still playing.”
Three generations of his family cheered on America Sunday. His daughter said it was a blessing to be together.
“We are so grateful to be able to be here, to be alive and to be able to attend events as a family and enjoy the same things we did before the pandemic,” said Cynthia Fierro. The US will enter the quarterfinals next week.