After years of indifference, America has finally caught a severe case of World Cup fever, helped by the US team’s progression out of the group stages.

Around 200,000 American fans have travelled to Brazil for the tournament.

The rest are flocking to big screens and bars across the country, throwing their weight behind the team that even the most loyal fans have been surprised by.

Even the President seems captivated – at a speech he marvelled at their success in the so-called group of death.

Four hours before the match, fans old and new snaked around the block to get a prime seat at Fado’s Irish Pub in Washington DC for the big game against Germany.

By kick-off it was bursting at the seams with over 300 people glued to the screens – an impressive turnout for a weekday match halfway through the working day.
Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann wrote a letter urging employers to let their workers out to support their team – with or without permission, they left in droves.

Chant’s of “USA! USA!” drowned out the pumping music – you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d won.

But their loss against Germany and Portugal’s win over Ghana means they’re still through to the next round – something they wouldn’t have dared dream of a couple of weeks ago… see more

source: skynews