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Soccer fans crowd Richmond pub

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The 2010 World Cup brings "World Cup Fever" to the River City.

Fans began arriving at Penny Lane Pub in Richmond as early as 7 a.m. Saturday to get their seats for the U.S.A.'s game against England. American and English fans packed the pub so quickly that management had to close the doors three hours before the game.

"We've been a soccer bar for over 30 years," says Penny Lane Manager Terence O'Neill. "This is the pinnacle. This is huge." Local soccer fans agree the World Cup is a big deal.

"It brings the world together," says local soccer fan Walker Rice. "War, everything stops. The world comes together.  The world is one and it's soccer. It's all about that football."

The U.S. and England finished their opening World Cup match tied at 1-1. The U.S. has its next game Friday against Slovenia, hours before England takes the pitch against Algeria.

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