The USA Will Be at the World Cup After All
Despite failing to qualify for this year's World Cup, it appears that the United States will still be represented in Russia.
Despite failing to qualify for the World Cup due to an embarrassing loss to Trinidad and Tobago last October, it appears that the United States will actually be represented at this year’s tournament in Russia. However, it will only be off the pitch.
It turns out that failing to qualify for the biggest event in world sport has not had too much of an impact on soccer fans from the US, as they purchased more World Cup tickets than other country (apart from host nation Russia) in FIFA’s most recent ticket-window opportunity.
The sale opened on March 13th, and US fans, despite not having a team to cheer for and not hailing from a traditional soccer country, snapped up over 16,000 of the 394,433 tickets available. Next in line was Argentina, whose fans purchased 15,006 tickets, while 5,905 Aussie fans were lucky enough to score tickets.
The United States traditionally have strong support at the World Cup, but it is a surprise that demand has been so high for American fans travelling to Russia when their team won’t be taking part. Then again, this could be the last great World Cup.
The final ticket window will open on April 18th, with just under one million tickets available.
Will fans from the United States lead the way once again? And more importantly, will we still be able to hear never-ending chants of “U-S-A” through our TV screens during the tournament?
Regardless of the ticket sales, it’s safe to say that US soccer fans no longer “believe” that they will win:
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