Fans watch the World Cup at Buffalo Wild Wings in Sioux City on Tuesday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Interest in World Cup soccer is at an all-time high in the United States. Almost 30 million people watched the last two U-S matches -- setting ratings records for ESPN both over the air on on-line.
That excitement is also strong in Siouxland as the U-S tried to advance against Belgium.
Fans were packed in at Buffalo Wild Wings in Sioux City to watch this afternoon's match in the Knockout Round from Brazil.
Some of the fans have been watching soccer for a long time -- others are new to the sport -- but all were optimistic about the US's chances.
With a 3 o'clock start -- some fans undoubtedly knocked off from work a little early to catch the action.
"I had to take a couple hours off work, use vacation to come out and watch the team," said Scott Clausen. "It's huge. The World Cup only happens every four years and to get to the knockout stage is great for the U.S. For us to have a possibility of advancing, we've only been past this stage one other time. It would be phenomenal."
The USA lost to Belgium 2-1 and were eliminated.
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