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Fans Catch Soccer Fever

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EUGENE, Ore. — The U.S. didn’t kick their way to a victory Thursday, but they’re still advancing past the first round of the World Cup, even after losing their match against Germany.

A big crowd turned out to watch the action at the Oakshire Brewing Public House in Eugene. Oakshire sponsors the Lane United Football Club and they pulled out big screens for folks to watch the World Cup.

Fans we spoke with say it’s clear more Americans are catching soccer fever.

“Oh it’s fantastic, it shows the growth of the sport in the United States and it’s really exciting. I feel like every four years there’s more people that show up and I think this time we’ve really reached the tipping point,” says soccer fan Ian Kwasowsky.

“I’m becoming a soccer fan really quickly. The World Cup this year has been phenomenal. I’ve loved it, it’s exciting,” says new soccer fan Bruce Payne.

U.S.A. will be back on the field, playing Belgium in their first game of the knockout round on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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