Fans across the country have been busy cheering on the United States Men's National Team during the 2014 World Cup, and included in that group of die-hards are the members of the Chicago Fire.
The United States, playing in the Group of Death, sit at 1-0-1 in group play after a win over Ghana and a crushing blow of a tie against Portugal. They'll advance to the round of 16 with at least a draw against Germany on Thursday, but regardless of the outcome Fire midfielder Logan Pause says it's been great watching the best represent American soccer.
"It's amazing to see where soccer in this country has come, and where it is today," he said at the team's practice Monday. "These guys are going against the biggest countries in the world in terms of soccer-playing countries, and it's great to be a fan right now and cheering these guys on and to see the whole nation come around the US team has been really special."
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who backed up Tim Howard during the qualifying stage, said it's been great following the performance of players who he formed relationships with during his time with the team.
"It's extremely satisfying to see them doing well down in Brazil," he said. "That's the most important thing. Just being involved in the qualifying process, developing relationships with those guys, training with those guys, to see them do well is unbelievable and I'm proud of them and I know they'll keep it going against Germany."