Tampa, Florida -- Whether you were in Tampa or St. Petersburg, the red, white and blue was prominent on Thursday afternoon. World Cup soccer has hit a fever pitch, forcing a lot of fans to call in sick for work.
"Work has to be dismissed for a game like this," said Tampa resident Jason Petro.
The United States lost to Germany in their final group stage match of the World Cup 1-0. For the Yanks, a victory would've guaranteed them a spot in the knockout round of 16. Yet, luckily the U.S. received help from Portugese pretty boy Christiano Rinaldo. One of the most feared strikers in the world provided Portugal with a 2-1 win over Ghana, catapulting the United States to the tournament's next stage.
"We knew the match would be very difficult for us," said former USMNT player Perry Van Der Beck. "But we did what we had to do and know we're moving on to the next round."
With the U.S. advancing to the knockout round for the first time in consecutive World Cups, the rounds of drinks kept flowing on both sides of the Bay as World Cup fever continues to pour out.
The United States will take on either Belguim or Algeria in the on Tuesday at 4 p.m.