The 2014 World Cup tournament kicks off this Thursday with Brazil taking on Croatia at 1pm, while the United States has to wait until Monday the 16th at 3pm to begin its pursuit of World Cup glory with a match against Ghana.
The US Men's National Team, led by Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey (and featuring another Sounder, DeAndre Yedlin, in a reserve role), faces an uphill battle in group play after being placed in Group G—known affectionately throughout the realm of sports media as "The Group of Death"— forcing them into must-win mode before game one has even begun. A loss against Ghana would cripple the star spangled futballers' already minimal chances at advancing out of the group stage.
On that happy note, here are some spots where Seattle soccer fans can gather 'round for US soccer and games from all 32 teams (and plenty of accompanying beverages). Games will be on all over town, but these establishments take their futbol very seriously.
US Men's National Team fans in North Seattle have already made this Roosevelt Way pub a packed house during the team's qualifying games and international friendlies leading up to the World Cup. But some upgrades planned for the matches in Brazil should make this venue even better. The bar will open at 8 am every day; a slate of TVs will show games indoors, but head for the 70-inch screen on the patio out front, where an outdoor bar is being set up just for the occasion. Plus, rumor has it there may be some freebies to be won on US game days.
The South Lake Union Irish pub is a hub for Sounders FC, fans, eager to see Dempsey and Yedlin work their magic for the USA. Paddy Coyne's will be open for every game on the World Cup schedule, with a bracket challenge—the winner gets tickets to the Sounders match against English Premier League megaclub Tottenham Hotspur on July 19. Is that the team Clint Dempsey most recently played for in Europe? Why yes, yes it is. He should be looking to put on a good show against his former bosses. Paddy Coyne's will also give away Sounders and USA jerseys to a lucky few of the patrons who experience the World Cup on one of the pub's five TVs.
Kangaroo and Kiwi
Ballard's home-away-from-home for Australians and New Zealanders was a mecca for soccer fans last world cup, and the same can be expected this time around as the bar intends to offer extra large beer towers to cope with crowds. The pub will open at 8am to show all the games and has added beer and breakfast sandwich specials to the menu alongside the beer towers. Two outdoor beer gardens will be outfitted with TVs to augment the eight screens already positioned around the bar's interior.
A beer garden and full-on jumbotron will greet fans for the USA v Portugal match happening at noon on June 22. Thank the Seattle chapter of the American Outlaws, a national group of organized and dedicated USMNT fans. Beer starts flowing an hour before kickoff; reserve a spot (and two beers) online for $7. No surprise, the Pioneer Square sports bar opens at 9 every day of the World Cup, serves breakfast until 11:30, and each day's menu will feature items derived from the cultures represented in that day's games. In case you're still unconvinced, Fuel has 18 TVs and a projector screen inside and intends to show every game.
The Market Arms
Ballard's British pub is also going to open early every game day, and intends to offer a rotating regional menu like Fuel's alongside the usual fish and chips and shepherd's pies. The bar boasts seven big screen TVs, but additional TVs will show World Cup games on the patio. No deals are planned for morning hours, but happy hour specials, including $4 appetizers and $4.75 pints, will happen as usual.
The George and Dragon
Fremont's British pub—is a bar rivalry brewing?—will be opening early to show all the games too. It only makes sense, as otherwise the Market Arms would take the whole British pub crowd every morning. During the 2010 World Cup, people flocked here, driving the owner to beef up his staff for the tourney this time around to ensure that patrons inside and those viewing the outdoor TVs get serviced appropriately.