Crowd of 4,000 Gathers for World Cup Watch Party

By Amanda Hancock
|  Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014  |  Updated 9:01 PM EDT
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D.C. Mayor Hosts World Cup Watch Party

Fans gathered Tuesday afternoon to cheer on Team U.S.A in the World Cup.

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Hundreds Gather at Freedom Plaza for World Cup

News4's Dianna Russini and Kristin Wright report from Freedom Plaza in downtown DC, where hundreds of people gathered Tuesday to watch the US take on Belgium.
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Through the ups and downs of the USA-Belgium World Cup match Tuesday, a large crowd of fans gathered at Freedom Plaza in D.C., braving the heat and sporting their red, white and blue.

The World Cup watch party attracted more than 4,000 people to the downtown park across from the John A. Wilson Building.

With plenty of American flags in hand and eyes glued to a 17-foot-tall viewing screen, fans cheered and chanted all the way until the final score of 2-1.

The free outdoor event was put on by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and a host of co-sponsors, including Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, Events D.C., D.C. United, Pepco and CBS 94.7. 

Despite temperatures in the 90s, fans re-applied their face paint and stuck around for 30 minutes of extra time after regulation ended in a 0-0 tie. D.C. United provided free water and a misting-tent to keep everybody cool.

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