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South Georgians embracing World Cup

Aly Joslin, Deerfield Windsor girls soccer coach Aly Joslin, Deerfield Windsor girls soccer coach
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Sunday, a number of Albany residents packed Buffalo Wild Wings on Nottingham Way to cheer on the U.S. Soccer team in the World Cup.

"Even in South Georgia here, it's not so much about the sport it's really the United States," said fan Sur Chapman. "It's everybody coming together."

"Regardless of if people like soccer here or not," said Deerfield Windsor girls soccer coach Aly Joslin. "Everyone, when it comes to the U.S. is all in."

For the past four years, he's coached Jordan Lang on the soccer pitch. He says soccer enthusiasm across South Georgia youth is trending upwards.

"I've seen a huge huge backing now, players coming in, people getting involved," Joslin said.

Lang, who graduated this spring, doesn't even refer to the game of soccer as adopted here in the United States.

"There is so much more exposure than there ever was and football is becoming a major sport," Lang said. 

Lang is hopeful that the U.S. can extend its run in the World Cup. The team needs at least a draw to guarantee advancing into the round of 16 on Thursday.

 

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