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20,000 gather in Grant Park to cheer on the USA in the World Cup

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

An estimated 20,000 people made their way to Grant Park to watch the U.S. versus Portugal World Cup game, Sunday.

Although the U.S. team couldn't put Portugal away, fans remain optimistic.

Heavy rain the day before forced organizers to move the watch party from Hutchinson Field to the street on Balbo Avenue.

Some fans arrived as early as 10:30am to claim a first row spot.

"The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. We saw the last atmosphere at the last game and decided we had to come here for this. It's even bigger than before," said Ty Patterson.

So much bigger in fact that fans were denied entry shortly after the game began, as authorities felt the viewing party was at capacity.

Things got a little crazy for people caught in between the chaos.

"It was madness, once they closed the gates, people were chanting and trying to run or jump over the gate. I saw a guy jump over the gate, run and jump back in," said Alex Gage.

Fans on the outside were upset that they were not able to come in and watch the game.

It's Chicago, people are bound to get crazy, with the population, one screen isn't enough," said Oscar Roldan, a fan denied entry.

Fans went from jubilation to disappointment as the U.S. team ended the game in a draw.

"I still have faith in the USA. We did it against Portugal, we can do it against Germany, said fan, Sam Perez.

Next up for the U.S. is Germany.

That watch party is at 11am on Thursday a the Petrillo Music Shell at Butler Field, located near Columbus and Jackson.


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