On Jan. 24, all of the Official U.S. Soccer Bars will be hosting viewing parties as the U.S. takes on Sweden at The Home Depot Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. Get together with your friends and fellow fans to watch the U.S. MNT get 2009 off on the right foot. Now in in its second year, the Official U.S. Soccer Bar Program features bars spread across 16 states. For a full listing of the participating bars, head over to ussoccer.com.
For the game against Sweden, three-time World Cup veteran defender Frankie Hejduk will be taking in the proceedings at Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Frankie, who of course captained the hometown Columbus Crew to an MLS Cup triumph last year, will be doing an autograph session while hanging out and meeting fans from 7:30 to 8:30 at the bar. He'll also be sticking around for the game, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET, so if you needed more incentive to watch a game with like-minded U.S. supporters, there it is: for the game against Sweden, you can kick it with Frankie over at Claddagh Irish Pub.