It was a day of World Cup soccer, and a little soccer-tennis


The game might have ended in a tie, but that didn’t stop a number of young athletes from the Long Island Soccer Club to enjoy Team USA at the World Cup.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman partnered with the club last week at Globall Sports Center on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard to host a watch party, open to anyone in the county. The efforts were part of Blakeman’s plan to put together a county-wide celebration of Team USA’s soccer dynasty, as well as celebrate one of its stars with local ties, Crystal Dunn.

Due to the large and spacious area at Globall Sports Center, there were a number of activities for everyone of all ages to participate in. Short nets were set up for soccer- tennis, where players volley the ball back and forth over to each other, cornhole, soccer obstacle course, and of course, pizza.

“This partnership has been fantastic,” said Meghan Ferry, the executive club director for the Long Island Soccer Club. “Having access to the facility and the resources to show such a great sporting event has made it a really good opportunity — not just for the girls, but all the young players to see women in the biggest sporting event in the world. The future for women’s soccer is bright.”

In the final results of the game, Team USA tied 1-1 against the Netherlands, and face Sweden on Sunday.

—Brandon Cruz