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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Fans Fill Redondo Park with Red, White and Blue to Watch World Cup Match

Originally posted at 4:05 p.m. July 1, 2014. Edited with new details.

Thousands of rowdy soccer fans packed Veterans Park in Redondo Beach today to watch Team U.S.A. take on Belgium in the knock- out round of the World Cup, but their hopes were dashed when the United States lost 2-1.

Fans waved American flags and chanted "USA" during the live ESPN telecast of the match from Salvador, Brazil, that was shown on a big-screen television placed on a stage in the park.

The viewing party was organized by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and included appearances by the team's Star Squad promotional and entertainment group, mascot Cozmo and Futboleros freestyle soccer performance team.

A watch party was also held in Long Beach on Pine Avenue between First and Third streets, with the game shown on a giant LED screen.

The only time the U.S. defeated Belgium was in the inaugural 1930 World Cup.

Belgium will face Argentina, which beat Switzerland earlier today, Saturday in a quarterfinal.

--City News Service



Jay Findley July 02, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Just glad it wasn't held in Hermosa this time... No round drunk soccer fans starting problems.. peeing on our houses, cars, alleys, or starting fights with the casual residents trying to go on with their normal daily lives.. Not to mention how loud the game was being televised from the pier.. local buisness owners could not properly hold conversations on their phones, hold meetings, and myself who works from home a block up from the event.. couldn't focus due to the sheer loudness of not only the crowd, but the sound system that was being used.. I am all for our events and bringing buisness to Hermosa. . But this was the loudest most disturbing event to the local resident's and non bar businesses ever! Example... even went to a clients house on 10th and Ardmore.. you could here the sound system word for word that far away from the pier.. a little annoying for those that work and even more for those that live 1 block up!.. Thank you city council for allowing and not monitoring the mehem you brought to us!
Jim B. July 02, 2014 at 12:01 PM
First World problems got ya down, Jay?

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