KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The U.S. Men’s Soccer team continued their quest Thursday to take home the Gold Cup with their second of three matches this week in Kansas City.
U.S.A. defeated Martinique 6-1 as Sporting K.C.’s Gianluca Busio, 19, became the second youngest player in history to start a Gold Cup match.
It was the second doubleheader of the week giving fans double the soccer for one price. Canada defeated Haiti 4-1 setting up a Sunday tilt to decide the Group Stage first place finisher. U.S.A. is guaranteed a berth in the quarterfinals after Thursday’s victory.
US Men’s National team secures win in their first game of the Gold Cup
The U.S. Men’s National team brought a somewhat inexperienced squad to Children’s Mercy Park this year with players averaging just 5 “caps” or matches played in official competition.
But many of the supporters in Kansas City for the matches have plenty of experience following the team.
“This is probably my 50th game seeing the US Men’s team,” Chase Tonkinson of Omaha said.
“This is going to be my husband’s 90th cap, this will be my 60th,” Lila Asnani of Las Vegas said.
“This will be number 184 and 185 this weekend. I’ve been going to games since 1991 with my grandfather I fly out to California and I’m watching him play in a high school stadium with like 90 fans,” said Bryan Heyman, visiting from Texas.
Now they are in Kansas City, hungry for barbecue, but also loving being in a city so hungry for the sport they love, the self-declared Soccer Capital of America.
“I know they want the World Cup I saw the sign downtown I hope they absolutely get it. We would be more than willing to come back if they had it,” Clayton Duggan of Greenville, South Carolina said
The Kansas City Sports Commission estimates being awarded World Cup matches in 2026 could have up to a $1 billion economic impact. The city seems to be winning over more than just fans so far.
“You can see it’s an integral part of this city. You walk around and see the trams with Sporting KC on them you see the building are painted with Sporting KC it definitely has a footprint in the city and that speaks to the soccer culture in the city,” U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Coach Gregg Berhalter said.
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