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Madison goes World Cup crazy again Thursday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For the third time in as many games, thousands of soccer fans packed into various venues around the city Thursday to watch the U.S. Men's National Team play Germany in the World Cup.

The UW Memorial Union held one of the biggest watch parties on Thursday as thousands gathered both outside on the Terrace and inside the Rathskeller to watch the match.

"Yeah, it's awesome.  Turned out to be a beautiful day too," said Dylan Lawrence.  "Couldn't ask for a better venue to watch the game."

Terrace staff set up a Jumbotron screen for people to take advantage of the nice day, while the big screen inside made for standing room only.

"I love seeing U.S. fans just getting really into it, just coming together and watching the game together. It's the best. I live for the World Cup every four years," said Jared Ness, who skipped out of work for a few hours to watch.

But it wasn't all Team USA fans at the Memorial Union.  Dozens showed up to root on Germany as well.

"It feels like home," said Fabian Fischer, a native of Freiburg, Germany who now lives in Madison.  "I am sitting there with a couple of Germans and we watch the game and it's a good atmosphere.  I love it."

While they were happy to see the Germans dominate and win the game 1-0, they are also happy to know the U.S. is advancing to the Round of 16 by virtue of Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana.

U.S. fans were obviously even more thrilled.

"Super exciting," said Jeremy Homan of Whitewater. "We didn't get the result we wanted but, hey, we're still in.  Group of death - we made it through, so that's exciting."

And just about all of the fans look forward to joining together to watch next Tuesday's game against Belgium as well.

"Oh, you know I'll be back here next Tuesday," said Ness.

"Oh absolutely and I hope even more people join us," said Kurt Squire, who says he grew up just hoping to watch the United States play in the World Cup.
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