The U.S. women’s national team’s match with France in Paris on Friday promised a stadium full of red, white and blue — the French flag shares the same colors — but it was hard to expect what kind of presence American fans would make in the French capital.
Traffic in parts of the city halted late Friday and Parisians craned their heads out of windows as the American Outlaws supporters group and other fans marched through the streets on the way to Parc des Princes.
At one point, fans sang to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” affectionately replacing “saints” with “Yanks” (short for Yankees). At others, they chanted “Equal pay!” recognizing the players’ lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging gender-based pay discrimination.
Spectators have already purchased more than one million tickets for the month-long tournament, with more than 100,000 of those coming from the United States, Erwan Le Prevost, the director of the World Cup Local Organising Committee, told Reuters.
A great many of them seem to have arrived for this quarterfinal match, hailed as potentially the tournament’s deciding contest between two powerhouse teams.
They’re now chanting “EQUAL PAY” #USWNT pic.twitter.com/F2q5GNhBkG— bring back FC Gold Pride tbh (@thrace) June 28, 2019
Who has the home-field advantage? pic.twitter.com/LHPJidKh82— American Outlaws ATL (@atlantaoutlaws) June 28, 2019
Incredible.— Ann Odong 🐨 (@AnnOdong) June 28, 2019
Traffic in Paris literally stops as #USWNT fans make their way down to the stadium. #FRAUSA #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/uJ5dnVOoCj
Thousands of @USWNT fans marching to the stadium for #USAvFRA #FIFAWWC19 #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/g7GmkG9YTr— Kara DeFrias (@karadefrias) June 28, 2019
My goodness. #TourDeFour pic.twitter.com/HspUa5CoZj— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) June 28, 2019
Can't stop. Won't Stop. #TourDeFour pic.twitter.com/nVEL24RRK1— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) June 28, 2019
You're ours, Paris. #TourDeFour pic.twitter.com/Riiov81qqw— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) June 28, 2019
Ohhhh the (masses of) humanity. #TourDeFour pic.twitter.com/vpb7Rb2Nkq— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) June 28, 2019