BOSTON — The 2022 FIFA World Cup is underway and bars in and around the Boston area are opening early Monday for fans who love the sport of soccer.
Tim Westfield, of the American Outlaws, says the next month of World Cup action is equivalent to March Madness and the Super Bowl on steroids with up to four games each day.
“The World Cup Final is one of the most watched events in the world when it happens every five years,” Westfield told Boston 25.
The American Outlaws is a United States soccer supporter group headquartered at The Banshee Pub on Dorchester Avenue in Boston.
Westfield says fans will start filtering into The Banshee at 8 a.m. to watch England take on Iran. By the time the United States and Wales kicks off at 2 p.m., Westfield says the bar will be packed.
Wales has the best player in the matchup in Gareth Bale, but the United States has the better overall team, according to Westfield.
“They do have the best player in Gareth Bale. It comes down to whether or not out team cohesion can overcome some of their superstars,” Westfield explained.
Westfield says the United States has the upside to advance to the final four stage of the tournament.
In addition to The Banshee, fans can watch the World Cup at the following spots:
- Caffe Paradiso -- 255 Hanover Street, Boston
- El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill -- 61 Union Square, Somerville
- Olde Magoun’s Saloon -- 518 Medford Street, Somerville
- Parlor Sports -- 1 Beacon Street, Somerville
- Cathedral Station -- 1222 Washington Street, Boston
- Phoenix Landing -- 512 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
- Banners Kitchen & Tap -- 80 Causeway Street, Boston
- The Dubliner -- 2 Center Plaza, Boston
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