USA! USA!

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Here’s a more general showing of the atmosphere at the bar.

Now that the USA have advanced, I’m sure we’ll be back to Sláinte to cover another game.

Not a bad day at “work.”

Baltimore World Cup Fervor.

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Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant in Fells Point is Baltimore’s premier place to watch soccer.

We were sent to the multi-level bar during the World Cup group stage game between the United States and Algeria.

The place was off the wall. Nearly everyone I talked to told me they were supposed to be at work. On this Wednesday morning, however, there were easily 300 people there, most of whom arrived at 6 or 7 A.M. to stake out a good spot.

I was able to walk around and get some footage from different spots in the bar, but once the game began, I couldn’t move from my spot behind the bar for 90 plus minutes.

It was excruciating watching the U.S. blow opportunity after opportunity. It was even more painful filming everyone’s expressions as shots went anywhere but in the net.

As shown in the video, everyone exploded with excitement as Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in stoppage time. Our story, then, was about the long, emotional build up capped off by a last minute, dramatic finish.