Photos: Philadelphians Gather to Watch World Cup Final

That was a fun month, wasn’t it? Whether you enjoy soccer or not, the World Cup is a great every-four-years excuse to leave work early and maybe pay attention to a game featuring players you probably haven’t heard of. And though the U.S. went out in the Round of 16, all in all it was a fun month of occasional day-drinking and semi-occasional goal-scoring.

Yesterday’s World Cup Final, which saw Germany eek out a 1-0 victory over Argentina with a goal in the second extra time actually drew pretty big crowds to public viewing parties in Philadelphia. And not just at The Canstatter Club in the Far Northeast!

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America’s World Cup Dream Is Dead. So What?

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No, America won’t be playing when the World Cup resumes this afternoon. But who cares?

I’m still watching the World Cup because I want to see Germany’s colossal back line pummel Brazilian strikers. I still tune in because I want to watch a disciplined Dutch team try to keep up with the creativity of Argentina. I’m still watching because I cannot wait to see who steps onto the pitch in Rio this Sunday to take home the title.

Like me, a record-breaking number of Americans have continued to watch matches after our team’s tragic loss — but look closely and you can call the bluff. Moments after our loss, I could hear American fans saying, “Does this mean I can stop pretending to care about soccer?”

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All-American Bars for the World Cup

Normally we don’t have any problem with Belgians. We’re big fans of the beer, the waffles, the mussels and the fries. But with today’s World Cup game, they’re our mortal enemies. So sorry, no Tripel Karmeliet, no sausage and mussels and certainly no frittes with mayo.

Instead, we’ll be going all-American today. And here are some options to keep it USA all-the-way.

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Watching the U.S. vs. Germany World Cup Match Today? Turn It Into a Workout

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Fans in Philly watching the World Cup at the Piazza.

Skipping your lunch-break workout to watch the U.S. versus Germany game today? Here’s a thought: Why not put the two together? You can turn your World Cup watch party into a mini sweat session, with a few exercises that won’t pull your eyes from the screen. Here’s how, thanks to our World Cup Fitness Game.

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Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Hopes Up Too Much for Today’s World Cup Match

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The United States is going to be eliminated from the World Cup today.

This is what I’m thinking. Dreading. While my bad feeling about today’s match has absolutely no bearing on how the United States Men’s National Team will play in today’s match against Germany, I think it’s best if you prepare for it. I am from Philadelphia and have spent my life rooting for Philadelphia sports teams. I have also watched the U.S. soccer team in scores of international matches since the 1994 World Cup. Based on the track record of those two teams, preparing for utter failure is the best idea here.

I realize that the U.S. has, per FiveThirtyEight, a 76 percent chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. I realize that is better than when the tournament began. It is! I wasn’t sure they’d win a game. But after Sunday’s draw with Portugal, I am not so sure. The U.S. was literally 30 seconds away from advancing and somehow Portugal tied it. This sounds like a Philadelphia-style sports failure.

So I’d like to prepare you for it.

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Sen. Casey Wants World Cup in U.S. in 2022

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Bob Casey has World Cup fever, and it won’t subside for another eight years or so.

Pennsylvania’s senior senator issued a press release saying the 2022 World Cup should taken from Qatar and given to the U.S., which was the runner-up to Qatar in the bidding.

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How the U.S. Can Advance in the World Cup After Yesterday’s Thrilling, Disappointing Draw

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) shakes hands with defender Geoff Cameron (20) following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) shakes hands with defender Geoff Cameron (20) following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It looked as if the United States men’s national team was going to advance in the World Cup yesterday.

In a World Cup where it’s been said anything can happen, the United States gave up a goal inside five minutes. But the team rallied back: Jermaine Jones scored in the 64th minute and Clint Dempsey knocked in a ball off his stomach in the 81st minute. The U.S. had a 2-1 lead against Portugal; it would be their first win in World Cup history after trailing at halftime.

Then, heartbreak. Cristiano Ronaldo crossed it to Varela, who headed it home in the 95th minute to secure the 2-2 draw. It was the last kick of the game. Instead of getting the win and clinching a spot in the Round of 16, the U.S. now may have to get a result against Germany in its final match. Defend a little better for just a few more seconds, and they would have had the opportunity to rest players in the final group stage game. “Football’s cruel sometimes,” goalie Tim Howard said afterward.

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