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Local Soccer Fans Rejoice After USA World Cup Defeat

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ERIE- From Brazil to the United States, millions of people are hyped up over the FIFA World Cup Championships.

"I’ve been waiting for this for the last 4 years, counting down the days," soccer fan Matt Paschke says.

Hundreds of eyeballs were glued to the big screen at the Public House bar and restaurant as team USA began its Brazilian adventure with team Ghana.

A 1-1 tie in the second half left the crowd unsure. Ghana fans were still hopeful.

"There’s a passion, there’s an energy, and that's what flows through the players,” Ghana fan Michael Mensah says. “That's what makes Ghana one the best, if not the best teams in Africa."

In the end, it was sweet revenge as team USA would take the opening game in the group stage, 2-1.

It was payback after consecutive losses to Ghana in the last two world cups.

"Thank god we scored in the first half,” soccer fan Steve Ropski says. “We gave Ghana way too many opportunities in the second half."

To get to the quarter-finals, or even the semi-finals would be a pretty good success,” Paschke says. “I think we can do it if we play well enough too."

It’s something restaurant owner John Melody would be happy to see. Coining his restaurant as the world cup headquarters of Erie, he puts business aside on game nights.

"As you can see by the crowds here today, it means a lot to people to support the national team,” Melody says. “I'm very happy with the turnout."

Team USA is scheduled to play Portugal on Sunday.
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