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World Cup 2014: fans around Birmingham gathered to watch USA take on Belgium

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USA Soccer fans ready to watch the match against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup USA Soccer fans ready to watch the match against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup
With a loss of 2-1 against Belgium, team USA is officially out of the 2014 World Cup. Fans around Birmingham gathered to watch the heartbreaking loss.

At Iron City Birmingham, the venue was at capacity with nearly 2,000 people there to watch the game.

Morgan Copes, a Birmingham resident and life-long soccer fan, came straight from the airport to join the crowd at Iron City. Copes has spent the last couple of weeks watching the World Cup matches in Brazil.  He says he’s proud to see so many people interested in this sport.

“I was proud to represent the city of Birmingham while I was down there. And I’m proud to see as many American’s watching the game today as there were in Brazil. It’s incredible,” Copes said.

The USA’s finish in the 2014 World Cup is reflective of their finish in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. However, many see this World Cup as an improvement over 4 years ago. The USA advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing second in a group with two top five teams. But some say their improvement isn’t just in performance.

Eric Lopez, a Birmingham native who also just returned from watching the World Cup in Brazil, says he sees this World Cup as a major success for the country.

"Our World Cup has been awesome. You take a look at the numbers. Look at the ratings in the US. Look at how many t-shirts have been sold. It shows how popular this sport has come."

For the fans at Iron City in Birmingham, not all hope was lost.  Christian Schweers came out to watch the game. He says he’s already looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 
“This is great and I can't wait for four years from now. It's going to be a lot of fun”

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