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Soccer fans pack Austin bars for U.S. World Cup match

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Despite losing to Germany Thursday, the U.S. men's soccer team was able to escape the group of death and move on to the round of 16 in the World Cup.

"The US has a very strong squad. I think we've been a little underrated coming into this tournament and I think that we've shown very well," said Jeremy Luny of the Austin chapter of American Outlaws, a group that helps strengthen support for the U.S. soccer team.

Hundreds of fans packed Haymaker bar in East Austin to watch Thursday's World Cup game.

The bar was filled to capacity before the game ever started. One of the managers at Haymaker said the line started around 7 a.m.

Covered in red, white and blue from head to toe, USA fans at Haymaker had their eyes glued to the screen during the 94 minute World Cup matchup with Germany.

"Germany is by far the toughest competitor. One of the toughest in the World Cup by far," said soccer fan Conor Edmondson.

Fans at Haymaker cheered for every shot, save and steal during U.S.A's last game in the group of death.

One of the biggest cheers of the day was when Ghana fell to Portugal because that meant the U.S. advanced whether they won or lost to Germany.

"It wasn't pretty, but we did what the rest of the world thought we couldn't and that was make it out of the group of death," said Henry Shytles who was at Haymaker rooting for the U.S. Thursday.

During the tournament Haymaker is designated the official bar of the Austin chapter of American Outlaws. The Outlaws said the fan base for the U.S. team has skyrocketed this year.

"For our country that's all about football and baseball and even NASCAR to some extent… the World Cup does good things to build the sport in our country. So I'm okay with it if you jump on the bandwagon for this World Cup. I hope you stay with us through the next qualifying round," said Edmondson.

In fact, USA fans are so dedicated, dozens of them played hooky to watch Thursday's game.

"I'm supposed to be at my job right now, so yeah there a lot of people here that are supposed to be at their jobs right now," said Luny.

"I took off work months in advance. As soon as the schedule came out I took it to my boss and she was cool with it," said U.S. soccer fan Joey Bacon.

"I'm a teacher. I specifically chose that profession so I could have summers off for the World Cup," said Edmondson.

In the end, Germany showed their strength against team U.S.A. winning the game 1-0.

"I think the US maybe deserves it a little bit more, but Germany's kind of a machine," said Elizabeth Thomas, who's rooting for both Germany and the U.S.

"They played exactly how I expected them to play. It's great defense, probably the best defense in the tournament," said Shytles.

The U.S. will play against Belgium in the knockout round in Salvador July 1.

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