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Cincinnatians split loyalties in World Cup game U.S.A. vs. Germany
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Despite a loss to Germany Thursday, the U.S. men's soccer team is still alive in the World Cup.
The Americans lost one-nothing to the Germans and will play again Tuesday in the round of 16. Large crowds have packed Fountain Square for all of the American games.
Even though the U.S was playing, both sides had a lot of support Thursday. On a sunny, American afternoon, a few thousand Cincinnatians gathered to watch the world game on the square. Many of them, freshly-minted soccer fans.
"I have never seen a whole soccer match in my whole life. I always thought it was pretty sleepy. But this is the way to watch it," said new fan Ed Warren of Wyoming.
It was a partisan crowd on the square, but in Cincinnati there's always a hint of Germany. Cheviot was about as American as it gets but on Robb Avenue people were flying the German colors.
"My grandparents are from Germany. My parents belong to the Germania society. So I figured I'd be one of the few people in cheviot rooting for Germany today," said Carl Vollmer.
At Katharina's Cafe in Newport there was more than a taste of Germany. The game was on German TV. German was the house language but loyalties were split there, too.
Tina's from Frankfurt and her husband Tim is from Middletown, "It's about who can wake up the earliest to dress the kids in which outfit. She woke up earlier and they're wearing German flags today. So I guess if you snooze you lose," Tim said.
No snoozing on the square or the pitch Thursday but Germany ruled the day. Fans left defeated but not disappointed.
"It would've been nice to see a goal. But it's good because we still get to go on. So, it's a nice loss, I guess," fan Emma Kasperczyk said.
The national team's next game will be Tuesday. You can bet the crowd will be back but with U.S. likely playing Belgium there won't be so much waffling on loyalties.
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