Knoxville soccer fans cheer on the U.S. in the World Cup as they

Knoxville soccer fans cheer on the U.S. in the World Cup as they advance despite loss

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Knoxville soccer fans were excited Thursday afternoon despite the U.S. Men's Soccer Team's 1-0 loss to Germany as the team still moves on to the next round of the World Cup. Knoxville soccer fans were excited Thursday afternoon despite the U.S. Men's Soccer Team's 1-0 loss to Germany as the team still moves on to the next round of the World Cup.
It was a nail biter of a game as fans went back and forth between U.S. vs. Germany and Ghana vs. Portugal. It was a nail biter of a game as fans went back and forth between U.S. vs. Germany and Ghana vs. Portugal.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville soccer fans were excited Thursday afternoon despite the U.S. Men's Soccer Team's 1-0 loss to Germany as the team still moves on to the next round of the World Cup.

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With a noon game, there were quite a few unproductive workers Thursday. Bars around Knoxville were packed despite the game time.

The Crown and Goose wasn't as packed as Sunday, but it was close. Some of that was thanks to Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He drafted a "get out of work" letter for fans to give their bosses and surprisingly it worked for some folks.

It was a game Josh Rodgers wasn't going to miss.

"I planned this out three moths ago. I knew I had some time to take off; I was not going to miss the U.S. playing at noon," he said.

He wasn't alone.

"I told my boss I was going to take an extended lunch," said another fan.

It was a nail biter of a game as fans went back and forth between U.S. vs. Germany and Ghana vs. Portugal.

There was distress when Germany scored, but fans didn't give up hope. As the minutes ticked down with no goals for the U.S., they turned their heads towards the second screen.

With another goal from Portugal these fans got their wish.

"All you can ask for is an advance, because this group is really good," said Sean Sullivan.

It made missing work all the more worthwhile for these super fans, especially thanks to that note from coach.

"I actually sent the note to my boss. This was after he approved my time off, so I told him I dont even need to take time off because Klinsmann says its okay that I miss," said Rodgers.

The World Cup continues to be good for business. Crown and Goose says this was one of their busiest lunches ever.

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