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Toledo soccer fans come out in force

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It was absolutely nuts Sunday night at the Claddagh Irish Pub at the Franklin Park Mall.

This is Toledo's official headquarters for the World Cup Soccer tournament.

Chants of 'USA USA' filled the place.

Fans were crazy and colorful.

"I like the whole patriotism of everything and how it gathers everybody into the environment as a person," said Jason Meyer.

All eyes were glued to the TV screen.

The bar area was standing room only.

It's been that way since the tournament started, no matter what country plays.

"It's just been really good. Everybody coming together and having a good time. Meeting fellow Toledoans and showing we have pride," said Kristina Sharp.

But when the USA plays, business increases ten-fold at the Claddagh.

"American soccer is taking off and I can't imagine it peaking anytime soon," said Claddagh manager Janeil Mesteller.

And that's obvious from the sea of red, white and blue clothing here.

"I look at it as art in motion," said John Ichrist.

The Toledo Area Soccer Association is here cheering on the USA team.

The association has 1200 members.

"Soccer is already popular in the United States. The only difference is they culminate with a lot of activities in one place. Everybody is focusing on the World Cup right now and so that's why everybody is coming out of the woodwork," said Richard Parish of the association.

The Claddagh will fill up again with crazy and colorful fans at noon on Thursday when the USA team plays Germany.

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