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The nation is ready for USA v. Belgium

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American fans cheer in the rain before the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014
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American fans cheer in the rain before the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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The U.S. men’s soccer team has impressed so far in the World Cup. They not only got out of the “Group of Death” to advance to the Round of 16; they did so with moments of skill and plenty of tenacity – gathering fans along the way.

Even the President of the United States.

[Related: World Cup Viewers Guide: United States vs. Belgium]

Yes, it appears that President Obama has been bitten by the World Cup bug (no, not Luis Suarez) and is making sure that everyone knows about it - he recently started a cabinet meeting by mentioning the team and declaring, “Go Team USA.”

The stakes are so high even Belgium's Prime Minister has placed a wager on the game, probably following the sudden proposed boycott of Belgium waffles in the United States.

As the POTUS mentioned during his statement, “America will be busy this afternoon” with the match against Belgium… but the busy-ness has in fact already started.

Social media is buzzing this morning with posts from celebrities and fans alike:

Even newspapers are getting in on the hype.

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New York Post front page for USA v. Belgium

New York Post front page for USA v. Belgium

There’s a new era of U.S. soccer fans emerging and they really, truly believe.

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