A rude soccer joke that is circulating: “U.S.A. is in the World Cup?” Yes, yes it most certainly is, and has been for the past 24 years following a long spell in which it failed to make it past qualifying rounds. Fans will get to see what the 2014 team is made of Monday night at 6 p.m. when the United States takes on Ghana in its first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
CNN is calling it a “grudge match;” Ghana defeated the U.S. in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Those who want to watch the game over a meal with a crowd can find both after work Monday at Rowdy Hall, Race Lane, and Citta Nuova in East Hampton, Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, and even Amagansett Seafoods. In Montauk, restaurants making a big deal of the Cup are Navy Beach, Ruschmeyer’s, and Zum Schneider, where soccer fans may be watching Germany play Portugal as you read this. That game started at noon Monday. All of them have promised to welcome soccer fans with open arms and good deals.
Cittanuova in East Hampton will be playing the game on its TVs at the bar, where you can take a seat to watch the whole thing or sit on the front patio for a meal and peeks of the game. Cittanuova is raffling t-shirts and hats during all World Cup games and the restaurant’s manager reported that Citta has been packed all week. Race Lane will show every game on its patio.
Also catching World Cup fever are the Surf Lodge in Montauk and the Southampton Social Club.