American football fans wake up early (on a SATURDAY!) for a World Cup clash with Holland

In what is quickly becoming a favorite pastime among American football fans, supporters of the American team are already flocking to any establishment that promises to show today’s World Cup game against the Netherlands.

Saturday’s kickoff at 10:00 a.m. EST doesn’t appear to be an obstacle in many U.S. metropolitan areas, like Kansas City, where fans were seen gathering for an outdoor viewing party in freezing temperatures.

At Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio – home to the University of Miami campus – hundreds of fans were seen lining up around the block for another night of viewing.

“At 6am we are fully fueled by The Red, White and Blue,” read a tweet from the bar.

At Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio – home to the University of Miami campus – hundreds of fans were seen lining up around the block for another night of viewing

Brick Street didn't open until 8 a.m., but that didn't stop Miami University students from Oxford, Ohio, from lining up around the block.

Brick Street didn’t open until 8 a.m., but that didn’t stop Miami University students from Oxford, Ohio, from lining up around the block.

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A “Go Team USA” sign is displayed at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower,

Christian Pulisic became an American star with the winning goal – and the injury he suffered while scoring – that propelled the United States to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

He injured his pelvic bone, Pulisic insisted, when he collided with the Iranian keeper on goal which sent him to hospital as the United States won 1-0 and went qualified for football’s biggest tournament.

Pulisic was cleared to play on Saturday, when the Americans take on the Netherlands in the round of 16.

Everyone expected him to be in the field even before doctors gave him the all clear on Friday.

“I will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure I can play,” Pulisic said of his intention to be on the pitch.

The United States is trying to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 and continues to delight the American public, who tuned in to the first three matches in record numbers.

A victory against the Netherlands might be enough to convince fans at home that the United States can, indeed, compete on football’s biggest stage.

“The support from the United States has been a bit surreal,” captain Tyler Adams said. “My dad is a teacher at school and they were all watching during their lessons, playing and supporting me. And I was getting videos from the family, from all the watch parties in my town and so on.

“It’s really, really cool how much a simple tournament can change that perspective on people who support football.”

The United States are winless in their last 11 World Cup games against European sides, a streak that includes five losses and six draws. On Saturday, the Americans will face a Dutch team who, like several other World Cup teams in this tournament, are battling the flu. The bug ran through the US team last week.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal gave his side the day off on Thursday instead of playing a typical 11v11 game.

“I gave them a day off,” Van Gaal said on Friday. ‘With this group, they communicate it to me. I listen to my players.

He declined to specify how many players are affected, but by abandoning the typical training schedule, Van Gaal has created speculation that at least six players are ill.

“We’re not going to dwell on that,” he said. “But if it circulates in the group, it is worrying.”

Frenkie de Jong said a sore throat hampered his ability to communicate in a win over Qatar, and Marten de Roon told reporters he had a cold earlier this week.

Dutch midfielder Cody Gapko is bidding to become his country’s first player to score in four consecutive World Cup appearances, and the Dutch team are on an 18-game winning streak that the United States are determined to snap .

“We felt a responsibility to use this World Cup to build momentum in the United States for football,” said United States coach Gregg Berhalter. “And that’s why we want to keep going and we want to keep doing well and making the country proud.”

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