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Team USA Fans Fill Austin Bars For World Cup

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 02:52 PM CDT

Soccer may be the only sport where a loss can still be a win. Fans watched Team USA lose to Germany, but cheered after learning the US will still advance in the World Cup Tournament. You could feel the excitement at Haymaker in Austin.

An 11 a.m. World Cup game means a lot of people are going to miss work.  

"I'm on vacation," said soccer fan, Phil Campbell.

"I timed my vacation in order to watch the World Cup," said soccer fan, Josh Hunt.

U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, even drafted a note to excuse work absences and it went viral.

"I mean this is definitely probably the busiest we've seen it since we opened," said manager of Haymaker, Evan Shaffer.

Austin bars were ready to accommodate those playing hookie. "We opened at 8 a.m., so it's three hours early," said Shaffer. "We had quite a few people at 7 a.m."

Haymaker reached it's 275 person capacity at kick-off.

"We're growing in size as you can see," said Jake Alexander of the American Outlaws Austin.

American Outlaws are the largest unofficial supporters in the U.S. for the Men's National Team, but they're not all men.  "We have at least 30 or 40 women in here who are active members in our chapter," said Alexander.

Female soccer fans continue to be a growing demographic."Obviously the men are fairly attractive and we are very excited when they take their shirts off," said soccer fan, Erin Castro. "No one's going to complain."

The worldwide web can also not be discounted for the increase in soccer supporters. "It's huge, it's volatile and I think that has really contributed to our growth as an organization and as a sport in this country," said Alexander.

According to Facebook, 141 million people posted, commented or liked posts about the World Cup during the first week. Between June 12 and June 18, more people talked about the World Cup on Facebook than this year's Super Bowl, Oscars and Sochi Games combined.

By Deeda Payton

Team USA Fans Fill Austin Bars For World Cup


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Scores & Schedules

July 29, 2014 07:06 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Tampa Bay 2 Milwaukee 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Games

Toronto 14, Boston 1

Texas 4, N.Y. Yankees 2

Houston 7, Oakland 3

Tuesday's Games

L.A. Angels (Weaver 11-6) at Baltimore (Tillman 7-5), 7:05 p.m.

Seattle (Iwakuma 8-5) at Cleveland (Bauer 4-5), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 5-7) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 7-4), 7:08 p.m.

Toronto (Stroman 6-2) at Boston (R.De La Rosa 3-3), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 2-0) at Texas (N.Martinez 1-6), 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota (Gibson 8-8) at Kansas City (Shields 9-5), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Samardzija 2-1) at Houston (Feldman 4-8), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Games

Atlanta 2, San Diego 0

Arizona 2, Cincinnati 1, 15 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Philadelphia 1

Miami 7, Washington 6

Chicago Cubs 4, Colorado 1

Pittsburgh 5, San Francisco 0

Tuesday's Games

Arizona (Cahill 1-7) at Cincinnati (Leake 7-9), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 5-5) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 4-3), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Strasburg 7-8) at Miami (H.Alvarez 7-5), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 11-6) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 5-11), 8:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Harang 9-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 6-5), 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 11-7) at San Diego (T.Ross 9-10), 10:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Liriano 2-7) at San Francisco (Hudson 8-7), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Milwaukee (Garza 7-7) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

WNBA

Monday's Games

Los Angeles 77, Indiana 73

Tuesday's Games

Connecticut at Atlanta, 12 p.m.

Washington at New York, 7 p.m.

Chicago at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

MLS

Monday's Games

Los Angeles 3, Seattle FC 0

Wednesday, July 30

Toronto FC at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

Colorado at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

New York at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

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