While we all know THE Big Game this weekend will be Michigan taking on Ohio State, West Michigan soccer fans can come together in Grand Rapids to cheer on the Men's US Soccer team in the World Cup.

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What is the World Cup in soccer?

The World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events on the planet, bringing together the best teams from each nation to compete in soccer. This year's tournament takes place in the oil-rich nation of Qatar which has cast a shadow with many complaints about the host nation including human rights violations by the theocratic government.

Why is the US Soccer team taking part, and are they any good this year?

Despite a majority of Americans supporting a boycott of the event, the men's team has what they believe is a good reason for showing up, they think they can actually win this thing.

Traditionally the US has lagged behind the rest of the world in Soccer, but this year some think the US might have one of the best teams they've ever fielded, and they've done so by essentially copying the world's model. According to sports analyst George Dohrmann to the New York Post, the US is catching up:

The shift that is happening right now is that we are doing it the way the rest of the world has been doing it. And man we are catching up quickly.

Where can I watch the World Cup in Grand Rapids?

While many local establishments like the SpeakEZ Bar are hosting watch partied during the event, the Garage Bar will be hosting a block party on Friday to cheer on Team USA.

Where is the FIFA block party in Grand Rapids?

A group called the Soccer Rebellion will be hosting a watch party for the USA versus England match on Friday at the Garage Bar in Grand Rapids.

What is happening at the Garage Bar FIFA Watch Party?

According to their event page here is what's happening on Friday from 11a-7pm:

Join The Soccer Rebellion for the BIGGEST World Cup Block Party in Grand Rapids. Best atmosphere to watch the World Cup! Bring your friends and family to Garage Bar and Grill Friday, November 25th doors open at 11am. Go enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Garage Bar over on our Instagram!! Let’s not forget Tent City, the outdoor area with a live DJ & MC color commentary, kid’s n’ dogs welcome, prize giveaways, soccer trivia, pet contests and indoor and outdoor drink specials.

 

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