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America's World Cup Dream Hits Fever Pitch
After years of indifference, America has finally caught a severe case of World Cup fever, helped by the US team's progression out of the group stages.
Around 200,000 American fans have travelled to Brazil for the tournament.
The rest are flocking to big screens and bars across the country, throwing their weight behind a team that even the most loyal fans have been surprised by.
Even the President seems captivated - at a speech he marvelled at their success in the so-called group of death.
Four hours before the match, fans old and new snaked around the block to get a prime seat at Fado's Irish Pub in Washington DC for the big game against Germany.
By kick-off it was bursting at the seams with over 300 people glued to the screens - an impressive turnout for a weekday match halfway through the working day.
Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann wrote a letter urging employers to let their workers out to support their team - with or without permission, they left in droves.
Chants of "USA! USA!" drowned out the pumping music - you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd won.
But their loss against Germany and Portugal's win over Ghana means they're still through to the next round - something they wouldn't have dared dream of a couple of weeks ago.
Insurance worker Gary Johnson was elated.
"We'll take it - a few more days and we could win this whole thing," he said.
Sarah Harding took the day off work for the big game.
As a lifelong football fan, she's delighted this World Cup is capturing the public imagination to such an extent.
"US soccer is taking off and now everyone is kind of taking notice in our country so it's great," she said.
"I can't wait for what's next - it's going to be a fun summer. Look at all these people cutting work to support their team. It's so cool."
The excitement is reaching a whole new generation who are choosing football over national sports like baseball.
At a summer camp in Washington DC, school children are living and breathing the World Cup.
Every game they watch at home is inspiring them each day on the pitch.
Eight-year-old Erin Pollack says the World Cup has changed things for her.
"Before, at recess, we would just walk around and talk - now we play soccer," she said.
"We even play against the boys now - the World Cup has made a big difference."
In a healthy dose of good old American confidence, the children chant a chorus of: "I believe that we will win."
They think their team could go all the way.
This is clearly no longer a game on the sidelines of American sporting culture.
If football is about passion, in a World Cup already full of surprises, who knows what could happen.
But whatever the outcome for the US team, the sport itself has already triumphed.