LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you spent even five minutes at Saints in St. Matthews Monday night, you may have forgotten you were still in Louisville.
Rowdy fans gathered to cheer on the United States soccer team in the 2014 World Cup.
With all the excitement surrounding the sport we asked people if Louisville's love of soccer was enough to support the city's new possible pro-team.
"Just look at the environment here. The whole city's here. Everyone loves soccer in the city of Louisville," one soccer fan said.
While that may not have been a surprise, Louisville's soccer fan club, the Falls City Outlaws is growing by the hundreds.
"In my lifetime I've just seen the sport grow so much in the city in general as a player and now coach, it's just more and more people," the group's treasurer, Peter Karrer, said.
To him the World Cup's timing is perfect, luring new fans to the sport. When the U.S. scored a goal seconds into the game the crowd's shouting was deafening. But for Saint's owner Cliff Amos the screaming was music to his ears. The crowd brought in as much cash as rivalry basketball game.
"It matches the basketball game where UofL and UK played on a Friday night and that game wasn't until 10 o'clock," he said. "For a Monday night in June, we're probably matching those numbers."
Mayor Greg Fischer offered up almost $600,000 in thus year's budget toward bringing a professional soccer team to Louisville. So for some soccer fans, showing plenty of support for the sport is their goal.
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