Tonight A World Cup takeover in America. Fans packing watch parties nationwide from San Francisco.
To Tampa Bay to Washington D.C, soccer lovers cheering on the Men's National Team as they squared off against perennial powerhouse England.
This year's tournament the first to be held over the thanksgiving weekend, Americans taking full advantage.
We're going to win today and we want to be wearing the costume of George Washington who also led us in the war against England.
Not to be outdone, the English celebrating here in Doha. Going crazy in London's iconic pubs, taking part in a rivalry that's been brewing since 1776⁽¹⁾.
But in the end, the action off the field proved to be more exciting than the game itself, both teams held scoreless, the highly anticipated match ending in a zero to zero tie.
But U.S fans not losing heart. - Do you think it's time to pack the bags? - No I think we could still fight, I don't like to give up easily, I don't think the team wants to give up easily, so I say let's keep fighting and go USA.
但美国球迷并没有失去信心。你认为是时候收拾行李了吗？ - 不，我认为我们仍然可以战斗，我不喜欢轻易放弃，我不认为球队想要轻易放弃，所以我说，让我们继续战斗，加油，美国。
The US now preparing for a critical matchup against Iran, a team that today dealt Wales A crushing defeat.
Iranian fans excited but for some the conflict that looms large at home are still at the forefront. Protesters supporting and opposing the Iranian regime clashing in the streets.
My priority is not soccer, is not World Cup, my priority is, my people in Iran who are fighting with Islamic regime with empty hands for their basic rights.
And inside the stadium these striking images, a fan holding up a jersey in honor of Mahsa Amini, the young woman whose death days after she was arrested by the so-called morality police, sparked protests Nationwide.
A chilling reminder that The World Cup and the international audience it draws is about so much more than just a game.
Meagan Fitzgerald joins us now from the city of Al-Khor in Qatar. Meagan, the Iranian team garnered a lot of attention in their first match when they appeared to remain silent during their own national anthem, what did we see from the men today?
Yeah Jake, what we saw today was a stark contrast from what we saw on Monday, today the Iranian men sang their national anthem.
Although many of them looked hesitant in doing so, but then they took the field and they came to play, they held off Wales for the majority of the game.
It wasn't until the end when they were in overtime that they scored these back-to-back goals winning in the end 2-0 over Wales, Jake.
And Iran is of course the next opponent for the U.S, what do you think the American team needs to do here to stay alive?
Look so for them to advance to the knockout round, they must beat Iran, they take the field next week on Tuesday, Jake.