Children decked out in red tutus, knee-high patriotic socks and American flag tank tops kicked around a soccer ball Sunday in front of the projectors screening the World Cup final.
Hundreds from the Williamsburg community watched the U.S. women’s national team win the World Cup championship title for the second time in a row from a watch party at the Revolution Bar and Grille.
The team’s 2-0 victory against the Netherlands ended the Fourth of July weekend with a celebration for everyone from College of William and Mary alumni to lifelong soccer fans to those who want to support female athletes’ success.
American Outlaws of Williamsburg, a local chapter that supports the United States national soccer teams, hosted the watch party for the community. Alex Spirn, the chapter’s president, said the event was the best turnout the group has ever had.
“It’s the opportunity for us not to have boundaries or borders,” Spirn said.
Spirn and American Outlaw member Brady Walker coach area club soccer teams.
“We knew it was going to be big. I think it’s overall good for soccer, women’s soccer for sure and soccer in the community,” Walker said. “The goal is to bring everyone together for love of soccer.”
William and Mary supporters cheered for the team’s head coach Jill Ellis, an alumna who has now taken the team to two successful World Cup finals. The win is the U.S. women’s fourth title overall.
Nan Strader, a Williamsburg resident, came to the party fitted in a light-up sparkly blue American flag hat. She’s not the biggest soccer fan, in general. She came to support women, she said.
“The power of women — I think it’s important to celebrate them. It’s really great to see young girls have a chance to experience this,” Strader said. “It’s positive for women’s sports in general.”
As the game’s final timer went off and the team rushed the field the watch party celebrated the win.
“I believe that we just won!” the crowd chanted.
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