Updated Jul 1, 2014 - 11:36 am
US fans believed in knockout rounds
The 26-year-old from Denver arrived last month before the Americans' opener against Ghana in Natal to follow the team around Brazil. Despite the tough first-round group that included Portugal and Germany, he bought tickets for the second-round match in Salvador before leaving home.
``I was hopeful and optimistic. I thought maybe we had like a 25 percent, 30 percent chance to get out,'' he said. ``I like Brazil a lot. I'm actually going home on July 17, and I was going to stay no matter what.''
If the U.S. had finished first in Group H, the Americans would have skipped Salvador and played Algeria on Saturday in Porto Alegre.
``Had they won the group, I would have looked at the cost to get to Porto Alegre,'' he said.
American fans in red, white and blue seemed to outnumber red-clad Belgium supporters by about 3 to 1.
Jeremy Rambo, a 27-year-old originally from Laramie, Wyoming, has attended the Americans' first-round games in the northeast Brazilian cities of Natal and Recife. He bought his first-round tickets on FIFA's website and Tuesday's through the American Outlaws supporters group
He plans to stick around for the rest of the tournament.
``If they make it, I might have to go to Brasilia,'' he said, looking ahead to a potential quarterfinal.