Locals turnout to watch Team USA beat Ghana at the World Cup

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Chants of USA were heard throughout the United States and from the local branch of the American Outlaws.

The crowd got loud 32 seconds into the game when Clint Dempsey used his left foot to punch the ball into the Ghana net. It was the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history and the fastest by an American player.

After Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute, John Brooks scored the game-winner in the 86th minute giving Team USA a 2-1 victory.

The die-hard local soccer fans are loyal to the game and love watching the World Cup.

It's not the Super Bowl for most them, but it's right up there.

Resurrection High School soccer coach Spencer Buskirk decided it was time to start a local chapter of the American Outlaws, an organization that promotes soccer in the United States.

"There's over 150 chapters of the American Outlaws across the United States, so we're starting one here in Ocean Springs to create a great environment for people to come and watch the game and share a common interest," stated Buskirk.

He believes soccer is catching on all across the U.S. and the more success the Americans have at the World Cup, more sports fans in the United States will take a more keen interest in the sport.

St. Patrick High School head soccer coach Mario Camps attended the Team USA World Cup Watch Party in Ocean Springs.  He said,"Soccer is growing year-in and year-out in the U.S. and it's really picking up locally."

Camps guided St. Patrick to the Class 3A State Soccer Championship this past season, his second state title since he began coaching soccer.  He began his coaching career at Mercy Cross High School in Biloxi and captured a State Championship there.

Oren Zweig, the owner of Big O's in Ocean Springs said,"There's tremendous support for our country.  With the coast having a major military base, it's nice to see the enthusiasm for soccer grow."

He added that soccer fans are turning out to watch other World Cup games.

Former and present players from Ocean Springs High School were also in attendance, boys and girls.

They'll be back Sunday at 5 p.m. when the United States takes on Portugal in game two for the Americans.

Germany defeated Portugal 4-0 as Thomas Muller scored a hat trick.