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United States' Matt Besler chases Germany's Mesut Ozil along the sidelines during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) United States' Matt Besler chases Germany's Mesut Ozil along the sidelines during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Fans at a US-Germany World Cup watch party at Good People Brewing Co. in Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (abc3340.com) Fans at a US-Germany World Cup watch party at Good People Brewing Co. in Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (abc3340.com)
Thousands of eager Americans set work aside Thursday to watch the U.S. men's soccer team play Germany in a key World Cup match.

Fans flocked to official watch parties in places like Chicago's Grant Park and Washington's Dupont Circle, and many more took part in boss-approved, morale-boosting breaks at the office.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a party for its staff of about 100 with a TV and food. Matt Rogers of the Washington-based Urban Institute, which held a party for its 400 employees, says the World Cup is a great way to build office relationships.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann even posted an online note for people to give to their bosses. It asked managers to excuse staff to watch the game for the good of the nation.

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