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28,000 Soccer Fans Skipping Work To Watch The World Cup (PHOTO)

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 01: Fans gather at Soldier Field to watch USA take on Belgium in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers said 28,000 people were in attendance at Soldier Field. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Scott Olson via Getty Images

By now, American soccer fans have probably grown pretty good at making up excuses why they're not at work during the World Cup's prime time games.

In the U.S. Soccer Federation's home of Chicago on Tuesday, fans packed Soldier Field (an NFL stadium) to watch USA take on Belgium in the knockout round. Viewing parties in Chicago and around the nation have been growing larger with each progressive match, though ESPN estimated mid-game that the expected crowd of 20,000 fans had swelled to roughly 28,000.

Sorry, Ann Coulter: Time to come correct that soccer is just too awesome.

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