The U.S. men's soccer team won its first match of the 2014 World Cup Monday while thousands of fans roared their approval while watching live video in Grant Park.
“All of us, the guys, the staff, everyone here in Brazil saw clips of the celebrations at watch parties and gatherings throughout the U.S., and what we saw from our fans back home was beyond amazing,” head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
“You don’t have to be with us in Brazil to make an impact," he added. "I know the turnout this Sunday in Chicago and all over the U.S. will be incredible and I thank everyone for coming together to show the world that we take a backseat to no one when it comes to supporting the national team.”
The free viewing party will feature ESPN’s live feed of the match on a 33-by-19-foot high-definition screen, and will include live look-ins on the fans gathered in Chicago. The viewing area will open to the public at 2 p.m., with the game set for 5 p.m.
J Niice, from Chicago’s B96-FM will emcee the viewing party Sunday. The Marriott Halftime Show will feature Chicago Fire forward and 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee and former U.S. Men’s National Team star and Chicago Fire assistant coach Clint Mathis.
At noon Sunday, a U.S. Soccer Fan Fest area will open where fans can come early and participate in a variety of activities. U.S. Soccer merchandise and food and beverages will be sold.
On June 26, the viewing part will move to Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park for the team's final match against Germany.