Soccer in The Land
Soccer Events, Watch Parties & Live Matches
By Kevin Carpenter, Image © ISI Photos / ussoccer.com
Cleveland and its irrepressible love of sports - regardless of team performance - is a fact of life. And, while this town gets to boast three major professional sports teams to quench its sports desires, it doesn't stop there. As one of the fastest growing sports in the country, soccer is quickly becoming a Cleveland passion that draws major national soccer events, a dedicated soccer club and tons of pubs with a special penchant for the sport.
U.S.A. Women Vs. China PR
World-class soccer returns to The Land in the summer of 2018. The #1 ranked U.S. Women's National Team hosts China at FirstEnergy Stadium in a tantalizing international-friendly game on June 12 at 7 p.m.
These American women are amazing. Seriously. The USWNT has been on top of the soccer world for over two decades and doesn't look like their slowing down anytime soon. Come check out Alex Morgan and company as they tune up for the Women's World Cup qualifier in October against a strong Chinese squad. [Tickets on sale here.]
Think soccer's a kid sport? Not with these warriors. The USWNT scored ten goals last month in two games against Mexico.
MARCH (AND PARTY) WITH THE OUTLAWS
The official supporters of the U.S. team, known as the American Outlaws, never miss a match. And, here in Cleveland, the local Outlaws are turning the USWNT's visit into a two-day soccer extravaganza.
It all starts on June 11 at Merry Arts Pub & Grill in Lakewood with the "night before" party to get everyone stoked for the next day's main event.
Game Day means tailgate time. Hustle down to the lot at 386 W. Lakeside Ave. to grab something hot off the grill (free food FTW) and join the traditional march to the stadium.
No need to be an AO member. Both events are open to all. Just throw on a scarf and start singing.
Where to Watch: World Cup
Let's get the bad news out of the way first: the U.S. men didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A bummer, no doubt, but that's no reason to skip out on the sporting event of the season. Everyone - and we mean EVERYONE - will be watching.
There's no shortage of top spots to tip back a beer and tune in when the World Cup starts on June 14. But promise us one thing - leave the vuvuzela at home.
- Old Angle Tavern: This Ohio City hotspot, nominated as one of the nation's best soccer bars in 2015, celebrates its fourth World Cup with wall-to-wall coverage.
- Parnell's Pub at Playhouse Square: No need to attend the theater to experience gripping human drama. Lift a pint and live and die with every kick of the ball.
- Der Braumeister: Germany ranks among the favorites, so this little slice of Bavaria on Lorain Avenue will be rocking. With the first German match on June 17 (when the DB beer hall is closed), visit their pop-up at The Spotted Owl in Tremont for brats and pretzels.
- Flannery's Pub: The Downtown landmark itself. With nearly 100 beers on tap, Flannery's offers nonstop soccer action on the big screens. What more could a fan ask for?
Looking for a live soccer fix after the USWNT leaves town? You're in luck. Get in on the ground floor with Cleveland Soccer Club for their debut season at John Carroll University's Shula Stadium.
"Fans can expect a high quality of competition with exciting talent poised for a conference championship run and likely more," promises owner Samuel Siebert.
One thing's for sure - CSC won't lack for style. Don't miss their eye-catching logo designed by the award-winning CLE Clothing Co. to honor the iconic statuary of Hope Memorial Bridge.
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