LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Team USA takes on Belgium Tuesday in the knock out stage, and while Wall Street gears up for another jam packed watch party, hometown soccer star Graham Zusi told FOX 35 how he and the guys are prepping for the game in Brazil.
“For us, we need to focus on our game as much as possible, and doing the things that we do well, being extremely hard to play against,” Zusi said via conference call.
The Longwood born midfielder said World cup fever stateside is pushing the team to play its hardest.
“It just feels so awesome as a player to be part of that,” he said, “Seeing all the support that we’ve gotten from every corner of the country has been amazing and that support has really pushed us on and given us energy throughout the games.”
More people tuned in to watch the USA battle Portugal than any other World Cup match ever on ESPN, many of them in Orlando, which has been one of the biggest World Cup viewing markets in the country. The city has a solid fan base already behind the Orlando City Lions, as they transition into Major League Soccer.
“The soccer scene has always been good in Orlando but it’s just getting to a different level now,” Zusi added, “I’ve got a little bit of a soft spot for my hometown and I’m super pumped for Orlando City in particular… having a professional soccer team in my hometown now. That’s a source of pride for me.”
The US kicks off against Belgium Tuesday at 4 p.m.. Orlando City is hosting that watch party on Wall Street, aka soccer central.