HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Flags, t-shirts and signs are just some of the gear that fans stock up on.
"New scarf, got the flag," said William Scott, a former soccer referee, who said soccer is a big part of his life.
and until the final game in Rio de Janeiro, Scott is coordinating his schedule around the U.S. team, "One of the biggest stabilizing forces in my life, so to be able to watch the world's greatest event, just amazing."
Mark Dowdy agrees with Scott's idea that it's not simply people passing a ball and hoping to score, "Kind of a uniting force I think. Whenever I watch the tournament, I don't think of like the teams having any other political agenda. They're just there to play soccer, have a great time."
"Brings the entire world together, you've got 32 countries representing all the continents across the world. You've got a chance to see some of the greatest players," said Scott.
While Ghana has knocked the United States out of the World Cup twice, fans say it's about strategy.
"We had a good warm-up game against Nigeria who plays a similar style so it will be interesting to see if we can get that first win," said Scott.
All are hopeful the third time's the charm.
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