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Soccer fans gather at SteelStacks to watch U.S. beat Ghana

Soccer fans join in on World Cup mania at SteelStacks

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - You don't have to be in Brazil to experience the excitement of the World Cup.

Fans converged on SteelStacks in Bethlehem Monday to watch the USA's first game of the 2014 World Cup as the team took on Ghana.

Thousands gathered watch the game on big screens as part of SteelStacks' official FIFA World Cup SoccerFest and Viewing Party.

ESPN cameras were also there to capture live crowd reactions to show during its coverage of the game.

"We started talking to ESPN about nine months ago, letting them know what we are doing here and explaining that we are going to be broadcasting almost all of the games," explained Curt Mosel, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for ArtsQuest.

Bethlehem was one of only a handful of spots ESPN chose to show.

"Hopefully there are some great points of action in the game where fans will really get to scream and holler and show their enthusiasm," he said.

Fans wore their red, white, and blue as they took in the excitement.

"The whole country is proud to see them play and hopefully they'll get us a good result," said one USA fan.

"Been waiting years for this moment," said another.

USA beat Ghana by a score of 2-1 in the team's first showing at the 2014 World Cup. Up next, the U.S. will take on Portugal and Germany.

"Thirty-two teams qualify to play in the tournament and they play in brackets of four teams and they'll play pool play so they'll each play every other team in their bracket and the top two teams from each bracket will advance," explained Mosel.

Fan Rich McGinnis said, "World Cup is just awesome. You only get it once every four years. Better than the Olympics."

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