'We're very proud of him.' Family and fans laud Lake Grove soccer star Joe Scally despite World Cup loss
More than 250 fans gathered to watch the game at the Village Idiot Pub to cheer on 19-year-old Lake Grove native Joe Scally.
He is the youngest player on the U.S. Men's National Soccer team.
"We're very proud of him," said his uncle, Brian Scally. He and Joe Scally's brother, Drew Scally, said even thought his team didn't advance, they can't wait to see what's next for him.
"Yeah, it's nice having all our family and friends here to watch Joe and be here for the USA, but of course it's unfortunate. We're not moving on, but it's been a great experience for him and all of us," Drew Scally said.
The U.S. Men's National Soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup after a thrilling 3-1 loss to the Netherlands, but when the U.S. scored its only goal, the crowd went wild.
"It was fantastic. We had such a good time, great people, great vibes," said Stephen Ellsworth, of Smithtown.
"We thought it was very exciting. We were hoping for a better outcome, but it was a lot of fun," said Farmingville resident Susan Mullen.
Even though it was a disappointing loss and the US was eliminated from the World Cup, the fans said there was no other place they'd rather be.
"The energy was amazing here. I can't imagine watching it anywhere else, even with the result," said Miranda Gibbons, of East Northport.
"Family-owned bar, we love the Scallys, we love America. It's the best place to be," said Michael Lidowitz, of Lake Grove.
Scally's family said they plan on having a big welcome home party for him at the pub when he gets home.
He is expected to be back on Long Island on Monday.