Downtown Tulsa Turns Red, White, Blue To Cheer On U.S. In World - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Downtown Tulsa Turns Red, White, Blue To Cheer On U.S. In World Cup

Posted: Updated:
Team USA soccer fans root on the Americans at ONEOK Field on Sunday. Team USA soccer fans root on the Americans at ONEOK Field on Sunday.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Fans went crazy when Team USA beat Ghana in its first match 2-1 on Monday.

They were hoping for a repeat performance on Sunday against Portugal, and ONEOK Field provided the perfect local atmosphere to root on America.

Tulsa fans were decked out in red, white and blue watching on the big screen downtown. There was food, a play area for kids and even some soccer goals set up to kick a ball around.

As the crowd roared from inside ONEOK Field, the U.S. was less than 30 seconds away from a win and advancement with one win to spare.

The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930.

But the Americans wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity.

Silvestre Varela's goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo's cross on the game's last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie Sunday on an exhausting night in the rainforest capital.

Now the Americans may need at least a point Thursday against Germany to advance to the knockout stage. They could advance with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game that will be played simultaneously.

The World Cup "open house" at ONEOK Field also served to promote the Roughnecks coming back to Tulsa next year as a minor league Tulsa soccer team. The Roughnecks hosted the free party.

"We want to introduce soccer to Tulsa again," Justin Gorski said. "We want to have everyone come out and watch the World Cup. Talk about the Roughnecks a little bit, the soccer team we're bringing in."

The large contingent of soccer fans in the Tulsa area is brimming with excitement for the future of the minor leagues, but celebrating Team USA as it battles on soccer's biggest stage makes it that much more fun.

"It's great for not only fans to support the United States but also for those kids that are going to be supporting those Tulsa Roughnecks," local soccer coach Donivan Bradshaw said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.