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Despite World Cup loss to Germany, fans still excited at Rialto

Despite the United States' 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup, the team advances and soccer fans showed their support at the Rialto Theatre on Thursday morning.

“The way this World Cup has gone, the way the fans have bonded onto the American team, it has only built the last several World Cups ... this has been a special year though,” said Chris Keeney co-owner of FC Tucson.

“Because Americans are blowing off work, they are taking the time to really enjoy the game,” he said at the Rialto after the loss.

Adi Mehrabani, a German who was with his American family watching the match on the movie screen at the theater, was one of the few there who were supporting the German team. He said that his family was happy with the result that both teams are moving on in the World Cup and that the tournament has been a great experience so far for his small children.

“We were up against tough odds with Germany being like one of the best teams in the entire league,” said Sean Coleman. “We lost but we lost by one, so we were able to at least do that and we advance so in a way it was a win for us.”

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Sean Coleman (left) and Jaid Coronel (right) cheer during the U.S. World Cup match against Germany on Thursday at the Rialto Theatre.