2022 FIFA World Cup: Philly-area places to watch Pulisic, Aaronson, and the rest – WHYY

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Soccer fans celebrate in Love Park as Philadelphia is named to host the 2026 World Cup. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Soccer fans in the Philadelphia area can look forward to being a part of the global spectacle that will come with the FIFA World Cup in 2026, when Philly will host matches, alongside other U.S., Canadian, and Mexican cities.
Until then, everyone can whet their footballing appetites with the 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar.
The tournament may be far away this time around, but there still will be plenty of options to follow it in and around Philly.

When are the games?

After the group stages, the original field of 32 teams has been halved to a round of 16 in the first part of the knockout stages, from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6. Games kick off at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Group stage complete ✅
It’s a straight road to the #Qatar2022 Final for these 16 teams!#FIFAWorldCup
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 2, 2022

When does the U.S. team play?

The USMNT started the tournament in Group B with England, Iran, and Wales.  Hershey native — and current holder of American soccer’s unofficial “Captain America” moniker — Christian Pulisic leading the nation’s youngest men’s squad in its history at the World Cup.
Along with Pulisic, fellow Delaware Valley product Brenden Aaronson is also in the squad. Promising spells so far at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria and Leeds United in the English Premier League will encourage fans that this could be a breakout tournament for the Philadelphia in Union academy star, nicknamed the “Medford Messi.”
The U.S. tied its first two matches with Wales and England, and defeated Iran, thanks to a goal from Pulisic, finishing second in the group and booking a round of 16 match against the Netherlands on Saturday, Dec 3, at 10 a.m.

United States’ Christian Pulisic controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Saudi Arabia and United States in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Where can you watch the matches?

All of the games will be on Fox, Fox Sports 1, and in Spanish coverage on Telemundo and NBC’s Peacock streaming service.
But the World Cup is a global, social event, with FIFA audience data showing that more than half the global population tuned in for the 2018 edition of the tournament. So getting out and enjoying the matches with fellow supporters is highly encouraged.
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U.S. fans can join members of the national team’s unofficial supporters group, the American Outlaws, with the Philly chapter hosting watch parties for the USMNT matches at Top Tomato Bar & Pizza in Center City.

See you Saturday bright and early! Mimosas, Irish Coffee, and Breakfast Pizza available! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OGalOWRSBz
— Top Tomato Bar & Pizza (@toptomatobar) December 2, 2022

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Fans hoping to join AO’s New Jersey chapter to watch the U.S. games will have to head way up north to Mulligan’s Pub in Hoboken.

Tomorrow!!! pic.twitter.com/b3fy3GXnjP
— American Outlaws New Jersey (@AO_NJ) December 2, 2022

While Delaware doesn’t have its own chapter of the USMNT supporters club, Stoney’s British Pub on Concord Pike outside of Wilmington will host watch parties for the U.S. group stage matches, opening one hour before kickoff for each game.
XfinityLive! is partnering with the Philadelphia Union to host watch parties for Saturday’s game against the Netheralands as well, with the chance to win two tickets to the 2026 World Cup, Union merch, and digital copies of the latest FIFA video game.

Doors open at 9am at Xfinity Live! for Saturday’s Watch Party! Don’t miss out! 🇺🇸#DOOP | @XfinityLive pic.twitter.com/ygSjPBvRyj
— PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) December 1, 2022

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U90 Soccer Center Philly at the Bok building’s auditorium is also hosting a watch party for the match, as well as Sunday’s match between England and Senegal.

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Old City British pub The Victoria Freehouse will be open for most matches throughout the tournament.
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Members of the Sons of Ben, the Philadelphia Union’s independent supporters group, will be watching the U.S. games at Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester.
Irish pub Tir Na Nog have also posted their World Cup schedule, along with Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, while Misconduct Tavern’s website says it will play the matches.
If by December you’re getting tired of beer and bar bites, Jet Wine Bar in Southwest Center City are adding a twist to the festivities with the Jet Wine Cup on Dec. 13, where participants can compare eight wines from nations competing in the World Cup — Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, France, Mexico, Spain, Croatia, and Serbia — help decide a winner.
Mexican restaurant Sor Ynéz is holding a “Mundial de Tacos” each weekend of the tournament, pitting two World Cup nation-themed tacos against each other. The Kensington restaurant began the flavor competition with a Qatar-inspired lamb shawarma taco defeating an Ecuadorian-style lamb stew with fried yucca, and then beating South Korean and Japanese styles in the second weekend. Next up, it faces American and Enlgish-inspired tacos.
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Sor Ynéz says that a portion of proceeds from the special will go to Human Rights Watch and its efforts to defend the rights of migrant workers, one of the many controversies that arose in Qatar’s preparations for the World Cup.
Did we miss your favorite spot to watch soccer? Let me know at nkariuki@whyy.org 
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