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Is USA Becoming Everyone's Second Favorite Team?
Yahoo! Sports, June 30th, 2014 11:56AM

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While the U.S. men’s national team continues to pick up new fans at home, Yahoo! Sports’ Martin Rogers reports that the USA is also growing in popularity in Brazil among fans of other countries. “Don't look now, U.S. men's national team, but you are increasingly becoming the second favorite team for a lot of folks from other countries, including the host nation,” he says.

Rogers, who is covering the tournament from Brazil, corroborates these claims by speaking with several fans from other nations. "Brazil is falling in love with the U.S.," Brazilian businessman Mario Ribiero claimed after partying with American supporters in Recife last week. "It is seen as something new and exciting and surprising. We love the team because it is an underdog. And we love the fans."

Meanwhile, Chilean fan Edgar Miller, speaking in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, said his appreciation for American fans was simple: "We like Americans because you are happy," he said. "Fans of Chile, we are always either nervous or sad. We expect to have our hopes taken away. We cheer for our team and we love them, but we have this history of disappointment.” Unfortunately, Miller uttered these words just before Chile’s heart-wrenching loss on penalties to Brazil.

Added a German fan named Jorg: "We like your mental state. [Americans] are likeable and friendly and your football [team] is the same. There are no, how do you say, villains. Americans have been the most fun to hang out with. And drink with. Good luck to you."

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