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USA Soccer Fans Huddle In White Plains For World Cup Games

Marc Padro, front second from left, of Port Chester, is the president of the American Outlaws Westchester chapter. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
John Herkert, left, of Rye Brook, Marc Padro, center, and Julian Valencia, right, are joined by out-of-state soccer fans. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Port Chester’s Marcos Guzman watched the World Cup game between U.S. and Germany on Thursday at Beechmont Tavern in White Plains with his American Outlaw brethren, but will watch the next game Tuesday, July 1, in Brazil.

Guzman said he bought tickets before Thursday’s game because he “had a feeling” the U.S. team would advance to the Round of 16, which it did. Although they lost 1-0 to Germany, the favorable point differential allowed it to advance.

This will be the second time he has attended a World Cup match. The first was in 1994 at Foxborough in Massachusetts, where he watched Bolivia take on North Korea.

Rye’s Andy Bodner, also was watching the game Thursday at Beechmont, and he said he too was at a World Cup game in 1994. decked out in a red, white and blue face paint and a cape, Bodner said he saw Mexico and Bulgaria play that year.

As for the rest of the American Outlaws, a group that goes around watching and supporting American soccer, they will be watching USA’s next game Tuesday at Beechmont, where they meet to watch every USA game.

Marc Padro, of Port Chester, said Thursday’s crowd was quieter than normal due to the game falling in the middle of the day on a work day.

“Tuesday, you’ll probably hear us down the street,” he said.

Speculating on USA’s opponent, which is yet to be determined, Padro said if it is Belgium he will be eating Belgian waffles all day.

Nicholas Sgambelluri, of Yonkers, said the American Outlaws are "ecstatic" about USA advancing.

Julian Valencia, of Ossining, found out about the American Outlaws when one of them commented on an Instagram photo he posted. He looked into it and joined, saying he supports the team because it’s the “world’s team.”

“My parents are Colombian and they always support America,” he said.

Despite the loss to Germany, Valencia said he felt the U.S. team played well and have proven everyone wrong by advancing.

“It was a good outcome just because we’re going to the net round,” he said of the loss to Germany . “Everyone said we wouldn’t make it out of the group of death… I think we’ll be good against Belgium.”

Markham Rollins, of White Plains, was the newest member of the American Outlaws Westchester chapter, donning an American flag bandana. He said he thought both teams were playing to a draw and unfortunately U.S. came out on the wrong end of the light play.

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