German-Americans Picking Sides In World Cup Match

CINCINNATI (AP) — Chants of “USA!” dominate as World Cup fans pour into a downtown square in Cincinnati to watch the U.S.-Germany soccer game eagerly anticipated in a city with a deep German heritage.

While the vast majority are wearing U.S. soccer shirts with a few Uncle Sam hats thrown in, there are some showing the German colors.

A 19-year-old Hamburg native held up a flag while her 25-year-old friend from Munich wore the playing jersey of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was a star German player.

They say they hope both teams advance.

There are no divided loyalties for 42-year-old Cincinnati native Andy Espenshade, despite his German ancestry. He says he is cheering for the U.S. to win, “for love of team, love of country.”

Fountain Square hosts the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, celebrating German heritage.

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