LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Much of the Southland was watching Thursday morning as team USA took on Germany in the World Cup.

Despite the team’s 0-1 loss to Germany, both teams will advance to a knockout round.

A free viewing party at the Hermosa Beach Pier was among several events held to cheer on the American team.

The event was organized by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and included appearances by the team’s Star Squad promotional and entertainment group, mascot Cozmo and the Futboleros freestyle soccer performance team.

The U.S. National Team’s coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, who was born in Germany and even won the World Cup for his homeland in 1990, is all American now and has called the United States home for the past 16 years.

“Our goal is to beat Germany and to be first in our group in order to play the second-place finisher of the other group in the round of 16,” Klinsmann said. “This is really important so we cannot kind of
just hope that it goes our way.”

In fact, Klinsmann, who calls Newport Beach home, has U.S. soccer fans covered with his “Get out of work” note that was posted Wednesday afternoon on Twitter.

The team’s next game will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1.

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