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Duluth Celebrates United States' World Cup Run

Updated: 07/01/2014 7:05 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 6:46 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
blesavage@wdio.com

The United States' men's national team may have ended its 2014 World Cup campaign with its 2-1 loss to Belgium Tuesday, but the spirit across the nation was at an all time high as millions gathered to tune in.

One of Duluth's biggest crowds for this elimination game was at Dubh Linn Irish Pub in Duluth. About 200 people came out for the 3 p.m. game some sporting flags, face paint and other American-themed apparel.

Dubh Linn owner Mike Maxim said the Superior Street restaurant has been holding viewing parties for all of the United States' games throughout the tournament, but this one had a special air of excitement.

"They have been great," Maxim said. Lots of people out (for the games.) We've gotten a really good response, pretty exciting crowds in general, so it's a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun."

Cabrilla Francis is a 14-year old soccer player from Duluth and said what she most enjoys about the World Cup is the community atmosphere.

"The whole world comes together and supports our country for one game, or a few games until everybody's finished and we win," Francis said.

Maxim said Dubh Linn will continue showing the World Cup games throughout the tournament.

United States soccer fans gather in Dubh Linn Irish Pub in Duluth for the United States men's national team's round of 16 game against Belgium Tuesday.

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