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Austin Hosts World Cup Watch Party

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 05:23 PM CDT
World Cup fever took over Austin on Tuesday. For Team USA it was a win-or-go-home matchup with Belgium.

Soccer fans flooded the Long Center lawn to watch the United States on the big-screen.

Fans showed their loyalty any way they could. They wore red, white, and blue costumes, painted their faces and waved American flags.

Gabby Seeley attended the watch party, and said she was glad to see such a big turnout.

"I was so surprised to see the outpouring," Seeley said. "The costumes, the show of support for USA was wonderful."

Fans thought the match's outcome was not so wonderful though. It was scoreless through 90 minutes, and Belgium kept the pressure on the Americans. Then in extra time USA suffered a grueling 2-1 loss as Belgium kicked two last-minute goals.

Thomas Copley said he was disappointed, but he was glad it was a nail-bitter.

"I thought we deserved it honestly, and in extra time it's a heart breaker every time," Copley said. "This event really changed my mind about soccer."

The match was also a chance for soccer to welcome in new fans from Austin and all corners of the country.

Soccer fan, Jordan Blair said as the World Cup games gain popularity, the viewing parties also get bigger.

"The fan base in America is really growing," Blair said. "It's awesome that we can come out have hundreds of people out here, having a good time and watching soccer all here for the same reason."

By Cassie GalloAustin Hosts World Cup Watch Party


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