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Southern Californians shared U.S. team's elation, defeat at World Cup
Southern Californians shared U.S. team's elation, defeat at World Cup

You could see it in the seaside park in Redondo Beach, normally a haven for moms and scuba divers, but now packed with more than 1,000 seething, war-painted fans. Or outside the gates of Disneyland, where the throng rose and put on extra-big voices to sing the national anthem. Or at countless desks, counters and loading docks, where laptops and smart phones glowed with the signal from Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. America was looking for a rare breakthrough Tuesday into the quarterfinals of soccer's World Cup, and Southern California leaned in, held its breath and stopped to take notice. From mass viewing parties to solo living-room vigils, the showdown with Belgium...

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