Moments before the start of United States’ first appearance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday morning, Maura Brosnan took a step outside Kezar Pub to grab a breath of fresh air.
The sports pub, located on Stanyan Street and featuring 27 flat-screen TVs, was jam-packed with U.S. and England fans in jersey’s, T-shirts and hats supporting their favorite team.
Brosnan said she and her friends arrived at 9 a.m. to ensure a seat for the match up.
“I’m a joiner,” the 26-year-old said of why she woke up early to watch the game. “I’m not a soccer fan, but come on, ‘USA, USA, USA!’”
Omar Moore, however, is a huge soccer fan. Adorning a bright yellow U.K. jersey, Moore cheered loudly when England scored its first goal in the opening minutes of the match.
“We’re going to show the U.S. how to play football,” he said. “This will be a walk in the park.”
Moore, born and raised in England, said he grew up watching and playing football (what Americans call soccer). The next three weeks, the entire length of the World Cup, are an exciting time, he said.
Moore was waiting outside Kezar and was one of dozens of patrons turned away from the packed pub.
Many bars and pubs were over capacity throughout San Francisco for the game. Patrons had to think out of the box to find a seat.
Elite Sports, a soccer clothing store on Haight Street, for instance, set up a projector screen to show the game and all the matches of the World Cup.
Andrew Thain, 16, was at the store with his mother, Alison, and sister, Lara, to watch the game.
“I’m surprised they haven’t scored another,” he said of England’s initial lead.
Spectators were also allowed into AT&T Park to view the game and a projection screen is up at the Civic Center.
Though this game ended in a tie, the U.S.’s next match is scheduled for Friday against Slovenia.