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Video: U.S. national team fans prepare for World Cup opener at Power & Light watch party

06/16/2014 4:39 PM

06/16/2014 5:15 PM

After four years of anticipation, Kansas City’s U.S. World Cup watch parties have returned to the Power & Light District.

A half hour before the United States men’s national team opened group play against Ghana at 5 p.m., a large crowd filed in to the downtown Kansas City entertainment district. The “I Believe That We Will Win” chant already broke out. Twice.

Ghana eliminated the U.S. team in the 2010 World Cup round of 16, a match that drew 12,000 fans to the Power & Light District watch party.

Sporting Kansas City defender and Overland Park native Matt Besler is in the starting lineup for the U.S. on Monday. Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi will be available off the bench.

Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who played in the 2010 World Cup, called today’s match a must-win for the United States.

“For me, I think so. If they win today, I think they get through,” Feilhaber said before predicting a 2-1 victory for the Americans.

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