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Soccer fever raging as US takes on Belgium in World Cup

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World Cup watch parties for the U.S. game against Belgium are being held in more than a dozen cities across the country. (Source: CBS) World Cup watch parties for the U.S. game against Belgium are being held in more than a dozen cities across the country. (Source: CBS)

NEW YORK (CBS) - At least 13 million Americans are expected to watch the U.S. soccer team play Belgium in the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon, a number that doesn't include everyone watching at a huge public event.

There are watch parties in more than a dozen cities around the country.

From New York to Los Angeles, fans are expected to turn out in droves to catch the high stakes match.

"We're going to try and take an extra-long lunch around 3 o'clock," said Justin Henning from Seattle.

In Chicago, where tens of thousands packed Grant Park last week, the festivities are moving to Soldier Field to make room for a growing fan base struck by World Cup fever.

"People are crowding into bars and restaurants," said Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber. "They're crowding into these massive public events, and there's like a collective breath that's being held for 90 minutes."

Even President Barack Obama has gotten in on the action, tuning in from Air Force One and sending well wishes from the White House.

"I want to wish the U.S. team a lot of luck in the game to come," Obama said.

The momentum began to build with America's victory over Ghana in the opening match, and it hasn't let up.

Even when the U.S. lost to Germany last week, the team and its supporters still came away winners.

"This is a special moment for this sport, and you got to seize those moments and you really have to hop on this while you can because you never know when this moment's going to come back," Garber said.

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