The World Cup is nothing like the Olympics. Everyone knows who won and understands how they did it. Everyone knows what a goal is. Everyone enjoys a scoring celebration. Because of that – and because Team USA needs all the support it can get – a crowd makes the event far more entertaining. Drinks don't hurt either. Here are the bars that will get busy during the tournament and regulars walk the line between enthusiasm and hooliganism.
Clive's Public House, Portland
The Vibe: Named for Clive Charles, the Portland Timbers star who became the University of Portland's coach, Clive's Public House is the bar and restaurant portion of Rose City Futsal, a massive indoor soccer complex. The bar will be playing World Cup games while actual games take place a few feet away. Expect a lot of hardcore fans with a deep knowledge of tactics second guessing USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's every decision. That probably means that people will be spending a lot of time talking about fishing.
The Game to Watch: The Mexico vs. Cameroon match on June 13 will be the first morning game for the West Coast. Clive's serves Stumptown coffee. The crowd will be wired.