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Soccer fans and Union students from l-r: Aude Bechu, Travis Parker, Tom Kolb and Ben Silverman, react to the World Cup game at Centre Street Pub on Tuesday.
Soccer fans and Union students from l-r: Aude Bechu, Travis Parker, Tom Kolb and Ben Silverman, react to the World Cup game at Centre Street Pub on Tuesday.
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The American flag draped over George Plakas’ shoulders was red, white, blue and brown — from the beer and dirt stains, of course. As the USA-Belgium soccer match got underway Tuesday afternoon, the flag had already been worn as a cape-like talisman for two of the previous three World Cup matches featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team. “After a lot of usage and celebrations, yeah, it’s a little dirty,” said Plakas over the cacophony of ...


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