World Cup fever takes over Grant Park

American soccer fans and Lupe Fiasco go nuts as Clint Dempsey and John Brooks lead Team U.S.A. to its first win in Group G. Check out photos from the party

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  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

Photograph: Max Herman

Supporters gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA team at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup viewing party.

What a game! When Clint Dempsey scored 30 seconds into the first match of Team U.S.A.'s 2014 World Cup campaign, American fans who made the trip to Natal, Brazil, went bonkers. Who says we don't care about futbol?


There was much revelry in our city as well. U.S. Soccer is hosting its official viewing parties right in our front yard. Last evening, thousands of red, white and blue supporters flooded Grant Park to watch our boys square off against Ghana. You can see just how nuts it was when Dempsey scored in the slide show above.


The 74 percent equatorial humidity, a broken nose and tweaked hamstrings could not stop the U.S.A. from exacting revenge over Ghana, who beat us in the Round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup, by the same score of 2-1. We survived a relentless attack from a more skilled side.


When the Black Stars tied up the game with 8 minutes left, it seemed inevitable. Anguish washed over the crowd, as evidenced by the guys clutching their heads. But then substitute John Brooks knocked in a header on a corner kick, and it was "Party in the U.S.A." time all over again.


Well, with Lupe Fiasco performing instead of Miley Cyrus. Another win!


You have two more chances to watch the USNMT—against Portugal on Sunday, June 22, at 5pm, and against Germany on Thursday, June 26, at 11am. Go easy on us, Germany. There are also tons of bars for World Cup viewing.



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