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Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 02:52 PM CDT
Soccer may be the only sport where a loss can still be a win. Fans watched Team USA lose to Germany, but cheered after learning the US will still advance in the World Cup Tournament. You could feel the excitement at Haymaker in Austin.
An 11 a.m. World Cup game means a lot of people are going to miss work.
"I'm on vacation," said soccer fan, Phil Campbell.
"I timed my vacation in order to watch the World Cup," said soccer fan, Josh Hunt.
U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, even drafted a note to excuse work absences and it went viral.
"I mean this is definitely probably the busiest we've seen it since we opened," said manager of Haymaker, Evan Shaffer.
Austin bars were ready to accommodate those playing hookie. "We opened at 8 a.m., so it's three hours early," said Shaffer. "We had quite a few people at 7 a.m."
Haymaker reached it's 275 person capacity at kick-off.
"We're growing in size as you can see," said Jake Alexander of the American Outlaws Austin.
American Outlaws are the largest unofficial supporters in the U.S. for the Men's National Team, but they're not all men. "We have at least 30 or 40 women in here who are active members in our chapter," said Alexander.
Female soccer fans continue to be a growing demographic."Obviously the men are fairly attractive and we are very excited when they take their shirts off," said soccer fan, Erin Castro. "No one's going to complain."
The worldwide web can also not be discounted for the increase in soccer supporters. "It's huge, it's volatile and I think that has really contributed to our growth as an organization and as a sport in this country," said Alexander.
According to Facebook, 141 million people posted, commented or liked posts about the World Cup during the first week. Between June 12 and June 18, more people talked about the World Cup on Facebook than this year's Super Bowl, Oscars and Sochi Games combined.
By Deeda Payton