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Work? What work? There's a game to watch - USA fans gather around the nation

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They're gathering at Grant Park in Chicago and Fourth Street in Louisville. Boston's mayor Marty Walsh invited everyone to City Hall Plaza. Dallas is flocking to the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center and New Yorkers are filling every bar in town. Virginians are watching from the comfort of the air-conditioned Arlington Cinema and Draft House and fans in Ann Arbor, Mich., are filling the newsroom of The Ann Arbor News. All for a soccer game, U.S.A. vs. Germany.

The rowdiest parties so far have been in Kansas City's Power and Light District, while the Hermosa Beach Pier in California is sure to be rocking if the U.S. pulls ahead of Germany.  (Germany took a 1-0 lead in the second half.)

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The Germans are even getting in the spirit, with the German embassy hosting a World Cup festival in the DuPont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. A professor at the University of Louisville is taking his chances by bringing a group of 30 German students to watch the game at an on-campus bar.

Those who couldn't use the Jurgen Klinsmann excuse note to get out of work today are getting creative in the office. Even President Obama found a way to mix work and play.

Here's hoping today doesn't end with another round of shocked faces, cut short midway through chanting "I believe that we will win!"

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