Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hundreds of local soccer fans gathered at Dubh Linn's Irish Pub on Thursday morning to watch the U.S. men's soccer team take on Germany in the final round of group play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
While the Americans lost, they still advanced to the knockout stage and survived the so-called "Group of Death." For soccer enthusiasts, they hope the team's success is a sign of what's to come in the States.
"A lot of people think that USA is kind of a pushover when it comes to soccer," said U.S. soccer fan Donnie Allen. "With us advancing, seeing the teams that were in our group, I think people will respect us. Not only outside the USA, but people in our country as well."
"I think the world was watching," said fellow fan Matt Halbacka. "The Ghana game had 14 millon viewers in New York City. That's bigger than Jets-Giants on Monday Night Football. People are here. We're interested. This is so big."
The U.S. will face off against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m.