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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A lot of you didn't let the workday keep you them from cheering on Team USA in the World Cup.

We went to the Loco's expecting there might be a few soccer fans there to watch the game.  The number of people there was a surprise.

The USA advanced to the next round in the World Cup even with a loss to Germany today.

Some fans who don't even like soccer showed up at Loco's on North Westover just to show American pride. 

"I ain't much of a soccer fan, but anytime it involves the United States, I have to watch it," said Nick Harvey.

"I'm only a soccer fan once every four years, but you got to root for your home team," said Jacob McCook.

Even though the game was during the week, it fell right in the lunch break for most people. McCook thinks longer lunch breaks for employers would be nice.

"When it's for your country playing against the entire world, I think it's a good idea. It's more patriotic," said McCook.

Xavier Thomas came out with his boss for that extended lunch break. He enjoys the atmosphere more than the soccer.

"I'm not really a fan of soccer but free wings, Doc's taking me out, and I'm enjoying the atmosphere right now," said Thomas.  

The World Cup has turned people all over America into soccer fans, and the dramatic ending weighed more on Harvey than he thought it would.

"In the very end we gave it up and I was heartbroken; I was in tears. I had a hard time going to bed at night," said Harvey. "Man I ain't much of a fan of soccer but America lost."

For patriots all around America, the World Cup is about one thing, for the US to prove our dominance Harvey said

"Well hey, America's the best, we just got to prove it," said Harvey matter-of-factly.

The Americans next chance to prove that will be Tuesday against Belgium. Expect people to watch that one too.

 

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