Teryn's Take: World Cup hysteria at Ballpark Village

FOX Sports Midwest Girl Teryn says the atmosphere for World Cup soccer at Ballpark Village simply can't be beat.

Patriotic pride was the order of the day for Katie, Teryn and thousands more soccer fans at Ballpark Village.

Shelby Meade / FOX Sports Midwest

ST. LOUIS -- Do you believe?

Maybe soccer isn't your thing. Maybe you don't totally get why a celebration broke out after the U.S. lost to Germany on Thursday. Maybe you don't know a thing about the sport.

Doesn't matter.

You, too, can become a believer. And I know the place that will make it happen.

"I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win!" a packed house sang together, accompanied by drums brought in from St. Louis' very own soccer hooligans.

Soccer Town U.S.A., meet Ballpark Village.

Ballpark Village, the city's newest sports hub, was oozing with pride for the red, white and blue on Thursday -- and with pride for St. Louis' very own Brad Davis, who was in the starting lineup against Germany.

And yes, all this happened in the middle of a workday. All other activities in St. Louis seemed to come to a halt, almost like it was a Cardinals playoff game.

With the town's baseball players wanting to get in on the fun as well.

But nothing beats the celebration Sunday after the U.S. tied the game against Portugal.

Now that the U.S. has slipped through the "Group of Death" in Group G action and advanced to the Round of 16, the do-or-die bracket games could get even more electric at BPV. (And if you weren't already a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo -- which would be understandable, considering he had the soul-crushing, game-tying assist for Portugal against the U.S. four days earlier -- you are now, thanks to his game-winning goal against Ghana that kept the U.S. in second place in its pool.)

Want to be a believer? Join us at Ballpark Village on Tuesday for Team USA's first game in the FIFA World Cup 2014 "knockout round." The game will kick off at 3 p.m., with the U.S. taking on the winner of Group H.


The Cardinals' Wednesday afternoon game in Colorado was so much fun to watch, for many reasons. One was the way the Redbirds clawed their way back from a four-run deficit to win, 9-6. Equally fun was watching a kid's dreams become a reality as a southpaw from a town outside Denver made his major-league debut for the Cardinals with family and friends watching at Coors Field, a ballpark he had frequented -- and pitched in -- growing up.

Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2013 draft, had a storybook start, with a 1-2-3 inning, back-to-back strikeouts and a standing ovation from his hometown fans. Then in his first MLB at-bat he doubled and scored the first run of the game on a Matt Holliday single.

Now, it's fun to look back at FOX Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes interviewing Gonzales the night before his debut.




My first shout-out this week goes to NBA Draft hopefuls Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown of Mizzou. National media outlets have pegged Clarkson as a possible first-round pick in Thursday night's draft. Good luck to those guys as well as the SLU 2014 seniors as they embark on their careers at the next level!

I would also like to give a shout-out to Marshall Faulk and Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels for putting on a wonderful charity event and golf outing over the weekend. Mark your calendars and set your DVRs for the special on FOX Sports Midwest on July 6!

Teryn, a journalism graduate of the University of Missouri, is a FOX Sports Midwest Girl. You can follow the FOX Sports Midwest Girls on Facebook (FOX Sports Midwest Girls) and Twitter and Instagram (@FSMidwestGirls).


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