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Fans fill Luke's to cheer on Team USA in World Cup
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Team USA soccer fans are thrilled the U.S. Men's National Team is advancing to the second round of the World Cup. Millions of Americans took long lunch breaks or found other ways to get to a TV and watch the World Cup match Thursday. Although fans wish Team USA had won against Germany, they say the real win is moving forward.
Fans watching the big game at Luke's in Beaumont groaned during an intense last few minutes in the match between the U.S. and Germany. Although Team USA lost one to nothing, fans say that's okay.
"At least the U.S. gave a good fight and they went down swinging," said Evan Bentley, who had the day off for his birthday. "Those last four minutes were actually pretty intense. Two of those were so close."
"I was definitely looking for a goal from the U.S., but at the same time you can't not be happy with the results," said Sean Bland, a big soccer fan.
"It's good to see America advance out of group," said Jody Reho. "It's a big thing it's a rare thing, not everybody gets to do that."
Although some fans are still frustrated.
"I'm thinking they got to step it up man," said Thomas Bost. "It's not enough time to pull out a win. So, America where you at?"
Many fans found a way to see the game despite work and class.
"Everyone else is in class," said Bost. "The time is bad, 11 o' clock is bad timing, but I skipped class actually to make the game. So, I was going to see it."
The U.S. Men's National Team tweeted out a permission slip to miss work signed by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. In the letter, Klinsmann asks bosses to set a good example and also take off from work to support Team USA. Many fans at Luke's watching the game admitted to taking a long lunch break in order to see the match, and they wouldn't speak on camera.
These soccer fans say soccer is gaining popularity in the U.S., and this year's World Cup is helping.
"They just haven't embraced it yet, and they're starting to and I love seeing it. It's a beautiful game and I hope more people come out to see it."
Team USA will face Belgium on Tuesday, and these fans will be back at Luke's to watch the game.
"Hopefully we just keep moving forward and win the World Cup," said Bentley. "I think you see the fight, the USA, they're never going to give up," said Bland.
Never giving up and moving forward to the knockout round.