It appears World Cup fever has swept the U.S.
ESPN reports viewership has soared a whopping 149% since the 2010 World Cup.
But you don’t have to be in Brazil, to see the international community come together.
Turns out, North Texas is a growing hub of diversity. The latest census report indicates an increases in every ethnic demographic.
On Sunday, Mexico fans packed the pub at Trinity Hall. The futbol fans gathered to cheer on their team as they played against the Netherlands.
“It makes me proud to be a Mexican American, it’s the land of the free,” fan Francisco Sanchez said.
“Viva Mexico! It makes me happy to see everyone here cheering for our team.”
A few miles away, Henk’s Deli was standing room only for the Holland America Club of Dallas watch party.
“It’s wonderful to see such a turnout for the Dutch team, the “Oranje” team.” Club President, Agatha Mills said. “Hup Holland hup!”
Regardless the colors of the kits, both sides agree: the World Cup is all about passion and pride.
“It means everything to us, it brings the Dutch out in all of us!” Mills exclaimed.
“Todo corazón!” Sanchez said enthusiastically. “All heart, all love for my team!”
Well, in the end the Netherlands pulled off a stunning last minute comeback to beat Mexico, 2-1. Just goes to show, no matter who wins, someone in North Texas is cheering.