Joyful locals gathered to watch live telecasts of Sunday’s 2-0 U.S. victory over the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
The festive scene featured a live DJ playing music during breaks, photo opportunities and appearances by the Pad Squad.
The teams played the final at Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, France, a suburb of Lyon.
The U.S. captured a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. Germany is the only other nation with more than one title, winning the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.
The defending Women’s World Cup champion Americans, ranked first by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, faced the Netherlands, ranked eighth.
Both teams had won all six of their games in the tournament. The U.S. wound up outscoring its opponents 26-3, including a 13-0 victory over Thailand in its opener June 11.
The Netherlands outscored its opponents 11-3. The victories included a 2-0 win over Italy June 29 and a 1-0 win over Sweden Wednesday.
Members of the San Diego chapter of American Outlaws, a nationwide fan club for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams, planned several viewing parties.
They took place at spots including Bluefoot Bar & Lounge in North Park, Dan Diegos Euro Cafe and Pub, in Bay Park, Nolita Hall in Little Italy, Senor Grubbys in Carlsbad, and Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Co. in Chula Vista.
– City News Service
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