Local fans celebrate World Cup win

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 6:48 PM EST
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LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) - With a 1 to 0 win over Iran Tuesday afternoon, the United States is advancing in the World Cup, and at least one Upper Valley business altered its schedule to allow fans to watch the big game.

The Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon is usually closed on Tuesdays because of staffing, but the pub opened Tuesday specifically for the big game. It wasn’t a packed house, but a dedicated crowd of soccer lovers watched the U.S. take home the big win.

“A lot of our regulars, a lot of our guests are big soccer fans, and we just couldn’t not be open today. They got to see this match here,” said the pub’s Josh Tuohy.

“There is a big soccer community here -- youth and adult, competitive, pickup -- a very social thing. So, there is a lot of fan base,” said Jordan Soncrant of South Royalton.

“We needed this. We definitely needed this. And if we can push through, we will see how it goes,” said Brian Benoit of Lebanon.


Fans packed Ri Ra Irish Pub in downtown Burlington Tuesday afternoon to watch the game.

Watching and cheering in the crowd was Paul Biron of Saint Albans. He says he’s been following the team for a long time and is excited to see fellow fans watch the match. “I think it brings people together from all different walks of life. Soccer is kind of universal, they play it in just about every country in the world and the game has come a long way in the U.S. And to see this kind of atmosphere for a game like this, for a fan like me, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said.

Vermont Treasurer-elect Mike Pieciak was also on hand to watch the game. Asked why he wasn’t working, he replied that he won’t be sworn in until January.

The U.S. now advances to the round of 16 and will play the Netherlands Saturday morning.