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Three North Side Soccer Establishments Represent for Chicago

By Todd McClamroch in News on Dec 18, 2006 3:21PM

12_18_2006_us_soccer_best_s.jpgThe United States Soccer Federation selected two Chicago watering holes as finalists for the Best Soccer Bar in America as part of the 2006 Best of U.S. Soccer awards. The finalist will be decided by votes cast by soccer fans who visit Voting is open until Wednesday. Representing Chicago are Ginger's Ale House and The Globe Pub. Chicago is the only city to have two finalists for Best Soccer Bar. Chicagoist assumes that U.S. Soccer might be biased since U.S. Soccer calls Chicago home.

Ginger's Ale House, voted #1 Soccer Bar in America in 2003, 2004 and 2005, has been nominated again for 2006. Ginger's is located at 3801 N. Ashland Ave. The Globe Pub, Chicago's other nominee (located at 1934 W. Irving Park in North Center), finished second in voting in 2005 and is just a little further north on Irving Park. Chicagoist enjoyed United States World Cup matches at each establishment, both of which drew standing room only crowds of diehard soccer fans.

Chicagoist would like to see the Globe win this year's contest so we can have two pubs that have earned the title of Best Soccer Bar and both within a mile of each other. Which soccer bar do you prefer?

Also looking to repeat in 2006 is Chicago Soccer, a retail store for soccer equipment. Chicago Soccer has been selected as a Best Soccer Store finalist every year since the award was created. Chicago Soccer was selected as the Best Soccer Store in 2005 and will look to repeat in 2006.

There's only a few days left to vote, so cast your vote for the 2006 Best of U.S. Soccer today.