Burlington, Vt.- Independence Day weekend continued with even more red, white, and blue Sunday as hundreds of people packed into Burlington’s City Hall Park to cheer on the United States Women’s Soccer Team in the final round of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
“We wanted to be around a crowd,” said DJ Johnson. “We wanted to live in the excitement and energy that Burlington is showing the World Cup and the women.”
“It was a big hit the first time we did it and it’s become somewhat of a tradition now,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger.
The mayor’s office arranged for the game to be projected on an 8×15 ft LED screen for fans to enjoy.
“Bring us together and experience something emotional and exciting at the same time,” Weinberger said. “That’s what live sports does and to be able to do that in City Hall Park in the city’s central public space is a great Burlington experience.”
While the crowd was largely rooting for the United States, there were a few pops of orange among the crowd.
“Today I’m cheering for the Netherlands,” said Matt Conger. “May the best team win.”
Conger is a United States citizen but now calls the Netherlands home.
“I’ve lived in Amsterdam for 3 and a half years so I have Dutch fever,” Conger said.
Ultimately, fans were excited to see the U.S. score two goals and see the team take home their fourth victory in the Women’s World Cup.
“I’m shaking for them,” said Sue Bowen. “They played hard, they played with heart, and they deserved the win.”