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World Cup notes: U.S. soccer fans flock to 'away' games in Brazil
World Cup notes: U.S. soccer fans flock to 'away' games in Brazil

A Brazilian newspaper predicted as many as 20,000 U.S. fans will show up at Natal's brand-new Arena das Dunas (seating capacity 39,971) for Monday's World Cup opener with Ghana. Three major league baseball teams don't average that many fans at home — and for U.S. Soccer, this is a far away game, 4,600 miles from its Chicago headquarters. Even U.S. Soccer isn't sure exactly how many American fans are in Brazil, but more World Cup tickets were sold in the U.S. — more than 154,000 — than in any country outside Brazil. Certainly thousands of those were purchased by fans of other national teams, but U.S. Soccer says its supporters make up the largest...

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