Fans pack KC's Power & Light to cheer on US Women's World Cup team in 13-0 blowout

Marc LaVoie
June 12, 2019 - 7:31 am

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Kansas City, MO - A large number of soccer fans held a watch party to cheer on the US Women's National Team against Thailand in its opening match of the World Cup.

The favored Americans dominated 13-0, scoring 10 times in the second half. 

"Women's soccer in the United States has invested probably more time and money into it than any other country," said Kyle Hogge, with Legends Soccer club.

Kansas City's tradition of enthusiatically supporting major soccer matches could be one factor that shows FIFA, the international governing body, that the city would be a good host for the Men's World Cup in 2026. 

"If there's ever a skepticism if Kansas City is a big enough city or Kansas City's gonna support, we've got a photo of a lot of people out here on a Tuesday afternoon, or a Sunday, or a Thursday, showing their love for soccer in Kansas City," said Blake McFarland, director of fan development with Sporting KC. "It can't hurt, it can only help, and the bigger the crowd, the better for us."

FIFA has not set a timetable to announce North American host cities for the 2026 tournament.

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