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Columbus Earns Soccer Reputation During World Cup
The U.S. Menâ€™s Soccer team is advancing to the Round of 16 which means World Cup mania continues for another week.
Columbus is helping lead the way in fan support.
Hundreds of people gathered at the downtown Columbus Commons to cheer on the U.S. team as it took on Germany on Thursday. These World Cup viewing parties have been popping up all over Columbus, which ranked second in total viewership in the U.S. during Sundayâ€™s match against Portugal.
The avid soccer fans credit the major league Columbus Crew soccer team and a series of U.S. matches for building the local fan base.
â€œIâ€™m not surprised to see this many people here and I think thereâ€™ll be more people in Columbus that love soccer. A lot of that comes from the Mexico games that weâ€™ve had here all the qualifiers and Columbus is a great town for soccer itâ€™s a modern town and itâ€™s a modern game,” said one fan.
Although they fell to Germany, a Ghana loss means the U.S. still gets to move out of the group rounds, and more chances to watch the team.