|DC soccer Fans pack DuPont Circle to watch game in event hosted by German Embassy|
With the USA team playing against Germany for a chance to move on to the next round of World Cup play, much of America found itself in the grip of high-grade soccer fever. And nowhere was the USA-USA-USA frenzy more apparent than in Washington, D.C. the capital of the nation's politics and patriotism.
Of course, the fact that the game was scheduled for noon on a Thursday did pose one problem - while it would start at lunch hour, it would run over into the working day afternoon. And then there was both the pre-game and post-game hoopla that you wouldn't want to miss.
But USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, with tongue firmly in his cheek, had a remedy. The coach had posted a signed, handwritten excuse letter online that read:
|A small portion of the crowd at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern|
|President Obama watches the game on Air Force One|
|Judy and I watch the game from our table at Clyde's|