PORTLAND -- It's known as Soccer City, USA, so with Team USA heading into their first 2014 FIFA World Cup game Monday afternoon, plenty of Portland places are hosting watch parties.
The U.S. takes on Ghana at 3 p.m. Monday.
The Cheerful Bullpen on Southwest Taylor Street, across the street from Providence Park, is the official watch party for the team's biggest supporters, called the American Outlaws. You'll have to get to this popular Timbers watering hole well in advance of kickoff if you want to get a seat.
Organizers who love a good German-style beer garden, and plenty of good-natured shouting, made their own venue. The World Cup Beer Garden is set up on Northwest 21st Avenue and Hoyt Street. Tents, sun shades, food carts, ten TV's and plenty of beer will welcome you. Kids and dogs can come with you.
Organizers are using the social media hashtag #skipworkwatchsoccer to get fans united to watch all the games until the final on July 13th.
OMSI is also getting in on the action. Plenty of games will be shown on their big-screen TV's, along with food and drinks. Admission is free and includes sports science demonstrations for kids and discounted admission to the museum.
Ghana has beaten the U.S. the last two World Cups, and one of their players has even gone so far as to guarantee victory for his team this time. The U.S. has been training in Brazil since last week to get acclimated to the weather, which is in the 80s but raining.