Barack Obama Lauds FIFA World Cup Team as US Buzz Grows

President Barack Obama hailed the US team's progress to the pre-quarterfinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

updated: June 27, 2014 08:14 IST
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Presidential Support: US President Barack Obama watches his team play Germany.


Los Angeles: US football fans erupted in celebration across the country on Thursday as their team reached the next round of the World Cup, fueling a surge of popularity for a sport struggling to gain a foothold.

Crowds gathered in bars, pubs and in front of open-air big screens nationwide to watch Team USA battle Germany -- a losing effort for the Americans, but enough to move on in the tournament in Brazil.

Football mania even appeared to hit Wall Street, where trading volumes were down about 10 percent during the game, which started at noon on the US East Coast -- the perfect excuse for long lunch breaks.

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