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Soccer Fans Gather to Watch USA Take On Germany

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Fans from around the country gathered to watch the Americans take on the Germans, today, including at the Atlantis Race and Sportsbook, where most people were hoping for a US victory. Those fans left, disappointed by the 1-0 loss, but happy that Team USA will advance.

"I'm excited," Nicole Zieba said. "I'm stoked. I didn't know USA was going to advance even if Germany won, but the game was amazing."

"We went toe-to-toe with the best teams; Germany, Portugal, Ghana, the best African team," Levon Guiragossian said.

Fans that we talked to say they like the Americans' chances in the next round of the World Cup, called the knockout round. The team finished the so-called "Group of Death" with a 1-1-1 record. The points were enough to advance.

"We had a very tough group," Guiragossian said. "So, if we were able to get out of the toughest group in the entire tournament and go to the top 16, that puts us in a very good position."

But not everyone at the Atlantis was cheering for the Americans. Zieba has lived in Reno for three years but she's originally from Germany, and that's the team that has her allegiance.

"Germany is going to do pretty well, I'm hoping," Zieba said. "And I'm going to watch America. It's going to be fantastic. I'm so excited, right now."

World Cup excitement is growing among fans. Soccer used to be one of the lowest for sports betting. Now it's at the same level as baseball.

"When you look at it, a Thursday morning at 9:00, there's not normally that many people here and the book's got a good amount of people here," Steve Mikkelson, Atlantis Race and Sportsbook Manager said.

Mikkelson says as long as the US team is playing, business will stay strong.

"When Mexico has played, USA has played, and then the Brazilian team, stuff like that, it's really brought in the interest," Mikkelson said.           

While the US didn't win, the game was good enough to stay alive. "You don't have to win gracefully, every time," Guiragossian said. "You can win ugly and that's what it's about."

With traditional powers like Spain, Italy, and England already out of the World Cup, some say this year could signal the end of European dominance in soccer.

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