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Downtown businesses benefit from World Cup crowds

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Tuesday was a heartbreaking loss for Team USA in the World Cup. The Americans had a chance at the end, but couldn't overcome Belgium's relentless attack that ended in their 2-1 victory over the U.S.

Some 18,000+ fans in Kansas City packed into the Power and Light District to cheer on the USA, whose players included Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.

One group that benefited from this year's World Cup was businesses in the downtown area. Businesses in Power and Light say they quadrupled sales for a Tuesday.

The Dubliner had thousands of USA fans collectively gasping and then cheering in Kansas City.

Some fans were calling it a day early, but the Dubliner says they believe soccer support in the city is still strong.

"We will continue to celebrate World Cup games at the Dubliner," said Jeff Wiltfang.

And, despite the loss, fans said they are still proud of their team.

"I love soccer and I love Sporting KS, especially because I'm not a huge soccer fan, but I know that it's the World Cup and that Power and Light does this every game. I love, love it," said Tyler Butler from Lee's Summit, MO.

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