Soccer fans from all over the country made their way to Cleveland Wednesday night to get their first look at the Men’s U.S. Soccer team as they hosted Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium.

It was the first U.S. men’s game at the stadium since this week in 2006 when the U.S. hosted Venezuela.

Tony Pape of Cincinnati asked for the tickets as an eighth-grade graduation present.

“I had a choice to go pretty much anywhere in the country. I chose to come to the game,” he said.

He wasn’t alone. By the tens of thousands fans came from near and far to see Team USA. Bob Hasinski of Twinsburg couldn’t believe it when he heard the team was coming to Cleveland.

“When we heard rumors that we were hosting a game back in February we got excited. We were planning before it became official,” he said.

His group the Cleveland/Akron Outlaws, a support group for the U.S. Soccer team, put together a host party on West 6th Street then marched en masse to the stadium.

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