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World Cup fever taking over Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Forget about hockey, baseball and basketball - soccer is in the spotlight! The United States is set to take on Ghana in their first game Monday and World Cup fever is taking over Chicago.

One of the best spots in the city to watch the World Cup is SmallBar in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The owner of the bar, Phil McFarlane, says the World Cup is a huge deal for Chicago soccer fans.

"We've been waiting to watch this. This is a great community for soccer fans here in Chicago to come out and be with other fans and cheer on their favorite team," fans told FOX 32's Jake Hamilton Monday morning.

Fans say while not everyone follows soccer all year round, everyone can get into watching the World Cup.

"I think the big thing about the World Cup that people don't realize is that it's a world final. It is a two year cycle to get into the games. Like there are 160 teams that start out, and then they get down to 32. When it's over on July 13, whoever wins will be a true world champion," one fan said.

Many fans are part of the "American Outlaws"- a nationwide US Soccer fan club that gathers to watch games together.

The first game Monday kicks off at 11 a.m. The US vs. Ghana game kicks off at 5 p.m. Monday.

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