World Cup celebration draws large crowd as coverage goes dark

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by Whitney Harding

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –From frustration, to elation, to devastation US soccer fans experienced all kinds of emotions during today’s 2-2 tied match against Portugal. 
 
“My stomach is just kinda empty right now,” fan Phillip Pennington said.
 
“I’m heartbroken!” Jake Nagy added. “I feel sick to my stomach!”
 
Even though the United States couldn’t pull out the big upset victory, organizers of the watch party on 4th Street Live said the event was a big win. 
 
“We actually kind of estimated probably a little less than what showed up,” Tony Thomas, the District Manager of ECI said. “It was nice having Louisville City FC come out and unveil their logo.”
 
Louisville City FC head coach James O’Connor spoke with us about how he looks to keep the city excited about soccer even after the World Cup is over. 
 
“Hopefully we have some player announcements and hopefully as it goes on we'll do some different things in the community,” he said. “Our players will be active role models in the community.”
 
As it turns out, in the city of Louisville and surrounding areas, the big story of the match may not have been the US tying the fourth-ranked team in the world. If you were a Time Warner Cable customer, you could hear the entire match on ESPN, but your screen was completely black. 
 
“I couldn't believe it!” Nagy said while laughing. “I mean are you kidding me this is one of the biggest games in the world right now and the TV's out!?”
 
At 4th Street Live, organizers had to think fast when the big screen went blank.
 
“We switched to I believe it's Univision 911 on Time Warner,” Thomas said, “and ran the sound feed, the English sound feed, from Sports and Social instead of the Spanish sound feed onto the street.”  
 
It worked and the good news was fans got to see both US goals on the big screen. The bad news? They also got to see Portugal score in the final five seconds of the match to end with a tie. 
 
Fans are letting that disappointment last too long, though. They are already excited to watch the Americans play Germany on Thursday.
 
“If we played like this against Portugal, I think against Germany we can do the same thing,” Pennington said. 
 
The match on Thursday against Germany is the last in the group stage for the United States. 
 
If the Americans win or tie the Germans, they advance to the elimination round of 16 – a feat not many were sure they could accomplish in the Group of Death. If the US loses to Germany, there are still some scenarios where they could advance depending on what happens in the Ghana-Portugal match that will be going on at the same time. 
 
Time Warner has not revealed the cause of the glitch.

 

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