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Local fans to gather for USA opener in World Cup soccer tournament

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NATAL, Brazil (AP/WRCB) – Chattanooga sports bars will be full of red, white, and blue on Monday night at the USA soccer team face Ghana in their game of the World Cup in Brazil. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. EDT. The USA is in a group of four that also includes powerhouse teams Portugal and Germany. The top two teams from the group advance to the next round.

Thousands of U.S. fans are expected in Brazil. The American Outlaws supporters group chartered two Boeing 767s from Houston that brought 530 fans to Brazil, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said it sold its official allotment of about 2,000 tickets.

Ghana beat the Americans by identical 2-1 scores in the final group-stage game at Germany in 2006 and in the second round at South Africa four years ago. The U.S., appearing at its seventh straight World Cup and 10th overall, has never lost to a team three straight times in the tournament.

“It’s going to be like they’re coming for revenge,” said Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, whose overtime goal was the difference in the 2010 match.

The Americans will wear their red white and blue road uniforms. While confident, Ghana coach James Appiah sounded wary.

“America years back I believe was more interested in baseball,” he said. “They are a big football country now.”

Where to watch locally
  • The Chattanooga chapter of the fan club group American Outlaws will be gathering at Jefferson's Restaurant, 618 Georgia Avenue.
  • Chattanooga FC soccer team and Volkswagen have teamed up to promote viewing parties at Big River Grill, 222 Broad Street.
  • Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike, has long been a favorite of local soccer fans. They will feature drink and food specials.
  • Chattanooga Brewing Company, 1804 Chestnut Street, is a new location that will feature $3 local brews during any World Cup game.
  • Brewhaus, 224 Frazier Avenue, is a popular German-style pub on the Northshore.

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