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World Cup fever catching on as US prepares for pivotal Portugal match

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New York, NY (CNN) - The excitement is building for team USA's big world cup match against Portugal on Sunday. Portugal's star Cristiano Ronaldo may not play.

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We also know that one of America’s best players, Jozy Altidore, is out. Still, Sunday’s contest is sure to be another ratings grabber with World Cup fever now sweeping the country.

Whoever says the United States doesn't have a case of futbol fever hasn't been to Chicago…or New York.

Jason Carroll: “Once again making our way through the Australian NYB bar in New York; it's packed but we're going to still make our way through here down to the bar.  We're not going to get a drink."

In this place on this day, Americans - actually just about everyone here - is an Aussie…Unless of course you're Dutch

A record 16 million viewers tuned in for Monday’s match against Ghana. The US team is still a longshot, but still in the hunt. World Cup frenzy is also lighting up social media with 4.9 million tweets worldwide. Watch as tweets rippled across the United States before, and then after team USA's winning goal. The hashtag World Cup on Instagram is going viral with more than 2.3 million posts.

In the end it doesn't matter if it’s the thrill of victory, or the agony of defeat – It’s game on.

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