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German-Americans are picking their loyalties as countries meet in World Cup match
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
Chants of "USA!" dominate as World Cup fans pour into a downtown square in Cincinnati to watch the U.S.-Germany soccer game eagerly anticipated in a city with a deep German heritage.
A 19-year-old Hamburg native held up a flag while her 25-year-old friend from Munich wore the playing jersey of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was a star German player.
They say they hope both teams advance.
There are no divided loyalties for 42-year-old Cincinnati native Andy Espenshade, despite his German ancestry. He says he is cheering for the U.S. to win, "for love of team, love of country."
Fountain Square hosts the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, celebrating German heritage.