CORVALLIS, Ore. — It was a sad day for American soccer fans Tuesday after Belgium eliminated the U.S. from the World Cup 2-1 in extra time – but the watch parties at Oregon State University are not over.
A series of World Cup viewing parties in Corvallis on campus is bringing with it an international flair. Organizers say the goal is to bring Brazil to Corvallis. Ismail Warsame, who works for the International Student Advising and Services on campus, is one of the organizers of the events. He says the watch parties are about bringing community members together with international students to celebrate.
“The World Cup is a very global event,” Warsame said. “It’s something that brings people together every four years. And it’s really an opportunity too big to waste.”
About 50-60 fans came together in Corvallis to watch the nail biting match on Tuesday.
“It’s not just bringing people together, but it’s for something very exciting,” Warsame said. “And that’s not something you find all the time.”
Starting next week for the semifinals, the games will be shown at Reser Stadium at the club level. It’s free and everyone is invited to come watch. Warsame says volunteers will be outside the stadium, directing viewers to where they need to go. Viewing parties at Reser will be on July 8 and 9 at 1:00 p.m for the semifinals. Another viewing party at Reser will be on July 13 at noon for the final match.