ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An exhibition soccer match last night at Busch Stadium between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina drew crowds from across the country. But for many St. Louis-area Bosnians, it felt like a home match.
Clad in Bosnian blue and yellow, fans began chanting for their team outside Busch hours before the match.
St. Louis has about 70,000 Bosnian people living around the area and one fan called Monday a national holiday for his community.
“St. Louis being in the center of the U.S. kind of helped the situation. It’s awesome. Make me feel proud,” he said.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is ranked number 16 in the FIFA world soccer rankings, three spots behind the United States.
“This is the best thing we have from Bosnia,” another fan said, referring to the national team. “Nothing else in Bosnia is really good.”
The game was nearly a sellout with just under 40,000 tickets sold. Fans said they came from California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Delaware, and beyond to root for their home team.
Unfortunately for the Bosnians, the home crowd wasn’t enough to pull them ahead of Argentina, the third-ranked team in the world, who won 2-0.