Office desks were traded for sports bars this morning for American soccer fans who gathered to watch Team USA face off against Germany in the final Group G World Cup matchup.
RedZone Sports Bar N' Grill in downtown Ashland opened at 8:30 a.m. to a line of more than 20 people, said Rick Krebs, one of the owners of the bar.
Among them were self-proclaimed "super, super huge" soccer fans Cameron Williams and Brian Cape, decked out in American flags and leading chants.
"This, all the fans, makes me so proud," Cape said, adding that he is glad to see soccer growing in popularity in the US, even if just during the World Cup. "You can't be a faker because you're supporting the country, that's what matters."
USA lost 1-0 to Germany, but to chants of "best loss ever" and a standing ovation from fans as Portugal's win over Ghana advanced the Americans to the World Cup knockout round.
Just before the bar's usual opening time of 11 a.m., fans put down their beers and fries and headed back into the real world.
For Williams and Cape, this meant heading to work at the movie theatre.
"This is nothing," Williams said. "Last world cup we woke up at 6:30 to catch the games."
— Kelsey Thomas