JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - It wasn't your average weekday lunch crowd on Thursday. Many Team USA supporters headed to local bars and restaurants to watch the U.S. face off against Germany in the World Cup.
At the Carolina Ale House in Jacksonville Thursday, not only were the fans' clothes red, white and blue. Their faces were painted red, white and blue also.
"This is my sister and my sister's friend, and I was painting their faces to get hyped for the game," said Abby Taylor.
"I'm really hoping that we advance because I think we're one of the top 16 teams to be able to do so," said Doug Kidd.
Despite losing to Germany 1-0 Thursday, Team U.S.A. advances to the knockout stage of the World Cup thanks to Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana.
People of all ages turned out at the Carolina Ale House to cheer the U.S. For a country typically more interested in football than futbol, it was a larger than expected crowd.
But one of the Ale House managers said it's no surprise to him. In his experience, any time there is a big U.S. soccer match, big crowds always come out.
"Even though during their regular season, the USA or soccer in general, doesn't have a huge following right now, when it does roll around every four years, I feel like it just brings out everyone's patriotism basically," said Carolina Ale House Manager Travis Brooks.
Even the wait staff at the restaurant was dressed in red, white and blue, complete with face paint.