Millions Of Americans Cheer World Cup Heroes

Millions of Americans have set work aside to watch the US men’s soccer team play Germany in a crucial World Cup match.

Fans swarmed official watch parties in places such as Washington’s Dupont Circle and Chicago’s Grant Park.

Many more were allowed to watch the big game in their offices.

President Barack Obama joined in the fun, tweeting,”Ready. #LetsDoThis #WorldCup”, with a picture of the US flag emblazoned with the word “Believe”.

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann earlier posted an online note for people to give to their bosses.

It asked managers to excuse staff to watch the game for the good of the nation.

InRecife, Brazil, where the match is being held, torrential raincaused delays for fans trying to reach the stadium but could not dampen their spirits.

Germany scored a goal early in the second half. A USA win or a draw would put them through.

In the other game, Portugal was leading Ghana 2-1. If the scores in both games hold, the USA will go through.

Sky News’ Amanda Walker in Washington DC says the queue for a seat at Fado Irish Pub stretched around the block at 7.45am – over four hours before kick-off.

Office workers pulled their US strips over their suits and ties for arguably the most important game in recent Americanfootballing history.

At least 400 diehard football fans – nursing beers and chicken wings – mingled with fresh converts to cheer on the team that has done better than even their most loyal fans could have hoped.

“It’s a tight game – we’re all on edge but quietly hopeful,” said Ally, 23, in full US kit with sequin blue, red and white stars glittering on her cheeks.

“Well maybe not that quiet as you can probably tell – I’ve been watching the World Cup for years and I’ve never seen this much enthusiasm in the states before.”

The Germans started the game top of Group G with four points, ahead of the USA only on goal difference.

This is the USA’s seventh straight World Cup and its 10th overall.

Adulatory American media coverage of the tournament has observers wondering whether the US is slowly but surely becoming a soccer nation.

Last Sunday’s 2-2 draw between USA and Portugal was probably the most viewed football match in US history, with 24.7 million people watching.

US fans snapped up more tickets – nearly 200,000 – to the World Cup than any other country apart from Brazil. Their supporters’ group is called the American Outlaws.

Although the sport is still seen as fringe across much of the country, a recent ESPN poll found that among Americans aged 12-17, football was now tied with baseball in terms of popularity.

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