US women's soccer team plays against Brazil at Citrus Bowl

Thousands of people could be heard chanting for team USA


ORLANDO, Fla. – There was a lot of excitement at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Sunday afternoon as the U.S. women's soccer team played against Brazil.

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Thousands of people could be heard chanting for team U.S.A. For most, this was the first time they've seen the U.S. women's team since their World Cup win. Many said that win helped catapult the popularity of women's soccer in central Florida.

Following this week's announcement of the new Orlando Pride women's team, soccer fans on Sunday said that it is exciting to help welcome a new team.

"I was very excited. We love to be able to see things firsthand and be able to come out and actually feel the experience of being around them and seeing the new teams come up and being introduced, so it's just amazing," soccer fan Laura Gonzales said.

Soccer fans said that with the success of the U.S. women's team, others who didn't used to follow the game are now paying attention as the soccer craze continues to grow in central Florida.

"I think it's growing just like all women's sports, but I think it's growing tremendously," soccer fan Brandie Copperthite said.

"She plays soccer, my kids play soccer, so we love soccer," Gonzales said. "We got to watch the World Cup. We got excited about it when we knew they were coming. We were just overwhelmed to see them in person and see them actually at."

Soccer star Alex Morgan, who scored a goal Sunday, is rumored to be signing with the Orlando Pride. A press conference is scheduled for Monday, where an announcement might be made.

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