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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:07 pm

AUSTIN, Texas — They turned out by the tens of thousands, some painted in red, white and blue, waving flags and chanting “I Believe!” in city parks, stadiums and sports bars from coast to coast on Tuesday to watch the U.S. national soccer team play Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

Some were die-hard soccer fans. Others were newcomers, spurred on by the rising tide of support for the national team in the world’s biggest tournament.

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