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.