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Soccer fans don their red, white and blue for World Cup viewing

A few thousand fans gathered at Canalside today and area bars and other locations only to see the U.S. Soccer team lose the World Cup match to Germany, 1-0.

“This beats being at the office,” said Genna DeMetsenaere of Buffalo, who works for Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates, a downtown financial planning firm. She was at Canalside on an approved office “field trip.”

The size of the crowd was “good news” to Khalid Daoud, a native of Sudan who lives in Buffalo. “In the future more and more people watch football – soccer.” “It’s a great game. go USA,” said Jonathan Braun of Hamburg. “I love Canalside. It’s awesome.”

“I love my country. We’re going to take it to Germany today,” said Eric Brennan, 18, draped in an American flag, before the game.

“This is an awesome atmosphere, and the Germans better watch out,” said Clare Wagstaff, who has dual U.S.-British citizenship.

Several food trucks added to the festive atmosphere.

“This is great,” said Robert Gioia, chairman of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. “Hopefully, we’ve listened to lessons learned and everyone has a great time.”

Meanwhile, at MesQue on Hertel, Buffalo’s only soccer bar, parking was at a premium nearby as about 125 excited fans dressed in red white and blue showed up to watch the game. Security was waiting until “the crowd settled down” so they could allow more people in. At one point, bar manager Greg Nicotera told folks in line to go to neighboring bars if they didn’t want to stand outside.

Some soccer fans watched the game at work. Several employees at Blue Cross Blue Shield watched the game during their lunch break.

• Images of the scenes at Canalside, Hertel, suburban gathering spots and workplaces with a feed of the game from News photographers Derek Gee, John Hickey, James P. McCoy and Mark Mulville. At halftime, be sure to check out a photo gallery of the crowds.

• A collection of user-submitted photos.