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Jul 10, 2013

…as the game happened the cameras recorded the crowd reaction

Back to the jaguars…the national selection managed to score only one goal against a team made up of international and professional players with far more resources and experience. But even if it was just one goal that penetrated the U.S. goal in seconds in the first forty-five minutes of the game, it was a huge moment for local fans. Around the country, Belizeans celebrated the sheer joy of scoring against the U.S. team. News Five’s Isani Cayetano, has a look at the reaction from local fans who gathered at various venues.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Across the country, fans of the Jaguars remained glued to their television sets in anticipation of Tuesday night’s showdown.  In Belize City, our cameras went roving to various watering holes and public venues where supporters of the national team gathered in dozens to cheer on its players.  We visited the Hour Bar on Newtown Barracks where it was alive with activity, as patrons of the establishment ordered their choice of food and beverage and made merry during the sporting event.  Its sizeable projection screen kept the attention of those seated near and far, others who did not get the benefit of preferred seating viewed the game at the bar from overhead televisions.  At the Riverside Tavern, the atmosphere was equally festive.  Fans held their collective breaths, hoping for a score against the soccer powerhouse that is the United States.  But it was at the Memorial Park, where a throng of residents had converged for public viewing, that we caught their reaction to goal scored by Ian ‘Yellow’ Gaynair.  As fleeting as that moment may have been, Belizeans jumped for joy when the beautiful assist from Elroy Smith was converted into a successful header that goalkeeper Nick Rimando could not stave off.  The loud cheering and applause was heard in unison across the Old Capital when our boys, even if it was only for one fruitful opportunity, scored against the favored team.


The Belize Jaguars are now traveling to Utah where they will be playing against Costa Rica at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy City, in the Salt Lake County of Utah. The game against Costa Rica takes place on Saturday and whether win lose or draw, the jaguars will have to play one more game in the Gold Cup. That game will be against Cuba and will take place in Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut on July sixteenth.  Our coverage of the national team continues. So stay tuned both to Open Your Eyes and the newscast as we follow the Jaguars across the U.S.


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