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Thousands Flood Foxboro for Copa América

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    (Published Saturday, June 18, 2016)

    Upwards of 55,000 people filed into Gillette Stadium Saturday evening to watch Argentina take on Venezuela in the Copa América quarter-finals.

    "It's like a big party here. Oh yea, it's a big party," said Argentina fan Kimindi Gathii.

    And what's a party without food?

    "We had carne, bifana, linguica, then for dessert we had malesadas. Let me translate: that was some steak and some fried dough for all you people who do not speak Portuguese. Delicious too!" said Tom Mello of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

    While some kids played soccer in the parking lot, others cheered for their team.

    "We are from Venezuela and we're going to win," said one fan.

    New England Revolution President Brian Bilello said Argentina is the heavy favorite, mostly because of their star player.

    "It's got to be Lionel Messi. He's the best player in the world," said Bilello. "Plays for Barcelona, which is one of the best club teams in the world, plays here for Argentina in his nation, and he's just an exciting player and that's what people want to see."

    To put this match in perspective, a normal Revolution game draws upwards of 20,000 fans and Patriots games bring in just 65,000.


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