A United States soccer fan, who has been involved in the effort to have a soccer stadium in Miami, was so excited during a game, he fell from a second-story at a bar in Miami’s Brickell Sunday.
Eric Corey, who is now known among friends as the “Flying Yank,” fell at Fado Irish Pub, 900 S. Miami Ave. Emotions were running high. Just when U.S. fans were convinced of their 2-1 victory, a player from Portugal scored an unexpected goal.
Corey landed on an awning, witnesses said. Miami firefighters arrived to take him down and treat him at the scene.
Corey was among hundreds of people rooting for Team USA inside and outside Fado Irish Pub. The bar was flooded with fans dressed in red, white and blue. “We’re going to go all the way to the World Cup, not even a question asked. That’s it,” said a fan. “This year, it’s the United States this year.”
“It’s time for USA,” chimed in another admirer as he held up a beer bottle.
Corey is the president of the Miami Chapter of the American Outlaws, a national support group for U.S. men’s soccer. He said he helped organize the celebration held at Fado on Sunday. “This is a culmination of all of our work,” he said. “It has been amazing today.”
It was an evening filled with chants and cheers as Team USA battled Portugal on the field and went goal for goal with their Iberian adversaries, ending the match in a 2-2 tie. This outcome means the U.S. team has failed to automatically advance to the next stage in the World Cup.
After his fall, Corey was taken away in a stretcher. Shortly thereafter, a status posted on the American Outlaws Miami Chapter’s Facebook page read: “Hey, Outlaws, I am alive and uninjured. Thank you for the prayers and best wishes.”