Local Fans Respond to Japanese World Cup Win

As Japan beat the U.S. in the FIFA Women's World Cup final, a Japanese fan in Mountain View felt proud of the historic moment.

The team of a small nation still in recovery after a tragic earthquake and tsunami four months ago beat a mighty giant that hoped to bring home the FIFA World Cup once again.

Japan's Women's National Team beat the United States in penalty kicks 3-1, after 120 minutes of intense play where the teams ended tied 2-2.

At the brewery on Villa Street, a handful of soccer enthusiasts arrived early to catch the game broadcast from Germany and displayed on all of the restaurant's televisions.

But the result was not what Chris Wilburn had hoped for.

"It's pretty disappointing. The U.S. looked really good and had a lot of chances, but didn't take advantage," said the Mountain View resident in his navy blue Team USA jersey. "I was hoping to see them win. I have to give it to Japan for sticking in there and fighting."

Not disappointed at all, Japanese Kunie Oda felt the weight of her nation suddenly lift away.

"Japan had a disaster and we needed some good news," said Oda. "It will make every Japanese very cheerful."

Oda, who will celebrate her birthday in two days saw her country's first win ever in Women's World Cup history as an early birthday present. But the win was the entire Japanese nation's to celebrate.

"I'm sure my parents are very happy," she said. "It's midnight there but everybody's watching this celebration."


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