Fans fill Grant Park again to watch US advance in World Cup

Team USA’s loss to Germany Thursday did not dampen the spirits of the crowd of fans who father to watch the game in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Close to 20,000 people watched the big game on two giant screens at the Petrillo Music Shell.

And while the U.S. may have lost the game, but it won both a huge amount of respect and a spot in the World Cup’s second round despite dropping a 1-0 decision to Germany in the group-play final for both teams.

In a game marred by rain and a soggy turf, the U.S. stayed close enough to the world’s No. 2 team to finish second in its group, allowing it to advance to meet the winner of Group H in the knockout round on July 1 in Salvador. The final Group H standings were to be determined in Thursday’s late games between South Korea and Belgium and Algeria and Russia. Belgium held a three-point over Algeria heading into those games.

Germany, the group winner, will play whichever team finishes second behind Belgium, likely Algeria or Russia.

This marks the third time in four World Cups that the U.S. has advanced beyond the group stage. Powerhouse Germany, meanwhile, has reached the semifinals in six of the last eight World Cups.

-CNN Wire contributed to this report

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