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Mid-Michigan soccer fans cheer on team USA in World Cup

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

A bittersweet day for American soccer as the United States lost to Germany, but thanks to some help the team is still advancing on to the next round. 

The U.S. men's soccer team was seen as long shots to advance out of their group, going up against Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

The team's inspired play has captured the attention of the world and that excitement has spread to Mid-Michigan, and there wasn't a better place to watch Thursday's U.S. vs Germany game than Michigan's own Little Bavaria.

Soccer fans cheered for the stars and stripes at the Frankenmuth Brewery.

"I haven't seen everybody on the U.S. team be so cohesive before so it's nice," said Ryan Buchinger, brewery manager.

It may have been the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of a work week, but that didn't stop the crowd from coming out and cheering on their favorite team.

"It's really awesome the unity that comes together when you got such a world class sport like the World Cup with the Germans and the Americans here at the brewery. It's a lot of fun," Buchinger said.

He said the rare chance to catch the U.S. playing Germany in the World Cup is also great for business in Frankenmuth.

"It's fantastic for businesses. We really enjoy people coming in here watching the TV's, enjoying the game, and enjoying a good German beer with the American game playing," Buchinger said.

Even though Germany won the game 1 to 0, the U.S. is still hanging in there.

The number of goals the U.S. scored in previous games means they advance to the next round, giving fans hope that the U.S. could go all the way.

The next game for team USA is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Their opponent has not been determined.

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