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Local fans huddle together to cheer on US soccer in World Cup
US eliminated 2-1 in exciting match against Belgium
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From left, Alyssa Hayden, Mark Almand and Ray Lee react to a missed scoring opportunity by the United States against Belgium as they watch the World Cup on Tuesday at Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville. - photo by Jared Putnam | The Times
Gerry Grogan was much like every other U.S. soccer fan enjoying the World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday at the Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville. Grogan, sitting at the restaurant’s bar with an American flag protruding from the back of his visor, was hanging on every bit of the action, enjoying the camaraderie with people of all backgrounds who were all cheering for the same U.S. jersey. “I like the fact that the World Cup brings everyone together,” said Grogan, who lives in Gainesville.
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