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Boston To Host World Cup Viewing Party For Thursday’s U.S. Match

Portugal's Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side's second goal and tie the game 2-2. (Martin Mejia/AP)

Even after Sunday’s tie against Portugal, the U.S. has a good chance to advance out of group play. (Martin Mejia/AP)

BOSTON — Soccer fans in Boston have a public place to gather for Thursday’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany: City Hall Plaza.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, along with the New England Revolution, will host a viewing party beginning at 11:30 a.m. — 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled kickoff.

The match against favored Germany has important implications for whether the U.S. advances into the round of 16. (You can see a full breakdown of potential scenarios here.)

The U.S. had a chance to advance on Sunday against Portugal, but a late header by Portugal tied the match at 2-2, keeping the U.S. team’s future in doubt.

The announcement of the viewing party comes just a day after Mayor Walsh expressed interest in the construction of a soccer stadium in Boston for the New England Revolution.

“It’s something I’d be interested in,” Walsh told the Boston Business Journal. “It’s worth looking at. I’m open to a lot of ideas. It’s about the growth of Boston. It’s something I wouldn’t turn down. There will have to be a lot of discussions about the location. I don’t know where it would go. We will have to see.”

The Revolution currently play at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium — home of the New England Patriots — a venue considered far too large for the Major League Soccer team.

Jonathan Kraft, president of the group that owns the Revolution, told the Felger & Mazz program on 98.5 The Sports Hub that a smaller, soccer-only stadium closer to Boston has been desired for more than a decade.

But Kraft said the potential stadium “didn’t get a lot of attention.” “I don’t think this was something [former Boston] Mayor [Thomas] Menino saw the value in,” Kraft said.

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