New York Soccer: Denmark

June 14: Netherlands vs. Denmark

June, 14, 2010
6/14/10
7:42
AM ET
Netherlands 2, Denmark 0 » Where to watch in New York »

Nevada Smiths

World Cup updates filed from Netherlands watering hole Tonic in Times Square:

9:55 a.m.: This crowd filed out quickly after the game without much fanfare, but I guess that's to be expected at 9 a.m. on a Monday. It sounded like most people were headed back to the office. Check back here later for video from Tonic and live updates during Italy's opener against Paraguay at 2:30 p.m.

9:10 a.m.: I think I found the biggest Holland fan in Manhattan sitting at the bar in Tonic after the Netherlands' 2-0 win. Michel Supheeit is decked out in an orange pancho with a blue lion -- the sign of the Dutch royal house -- and a big, goofy orange hat. He says he has a soccer pitch in his backyard back home and an air horn in his living room that goes off when the Dutch score. And if you try to come over without wearing orange when the Dutch are playing "we're going to kick you out."

9:15 a.m.: Hup, Holland, Hup! That goal seemed to seal it for The Netherlands and put the Tonic crowd at ease. Announcers say they've now won their first game in every Cup sine 1938.

9:00 a.m.: The partisan crowd exploded when ESPN cameras showed Johan Cruyff, a soccer deity back in Holland.

8:45 a.m.: Robin Van Persie's blown chance a few minutes ago led to some unprintable Dutch swear words from Ferdy Lijftogt, an Amsterdam student in town on a study-abroad program. I asked him to translate what he was yelling and I can't repeat it word for word. But I can tell you it's similar to Reggie Miller used to hear at the Garden.

8:35 a.m.: The own-goal by Denmark got the Dutch fans going a bit and drew some laughs at the expense of that poor Dutch defender.

8:20 a.m.: For two supposedly hard-partying countries, the atmosphere was pretty tame here in the first half. I've seen more people yawning than drinking so far.

8:00 a.m.: Anne-Marie, from Leidschendam, The Netherlands, (yes, she spelled that for me) is in town visiting family and wasn't sure where to go for this morning's game. She asked someone she saw on the street wearing an orange shirt where he was going and that led her to Tonic, which has to feel like a home away from home for the Dutch. This place is lit up in orange -- the national team's colors. Even the staff is wearing Netherlands shirts.

7:30 a.m.: Checking in from Times Square watering hole Tonic, which is packed wall-to-wall for the Denmark-Netherlands game. The mostly Orange-clad crowd is relatively quiet right now. All you can hear is the ever-present vuvuzela.

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