US Soccer tweets get out of work note for fans

WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) -- Viewership for games in this year's World Cup are breaking records in the United States, and the next big game is Team USA vs. Germany for the American's group finale. The only problem: the match will be broadcast in the middle of the workday. It starts at noon on the East Coast.

Die-hard soccer fans and those who are swept up in the infectious pageantry and demonstration of national pride that comes every four years with the World Cup -- there's a term for the sinking feeling you had in your stomach when you realized noon on a Thursday meant you'd be at work and might miss the game. That term is: fear of missing out.

But don't let it take over just yet, even if your boss said you couldn't take off to watch the game, there could still be hope for you courtesy of the U.S. Men's National Team. That's right, Wednesday evening, the team tweeted: "Need note to get out of work Thurs? @J_Klinsmann has you covered. Show your cool boss. It will def work! #LetsDoThis."

Attached to the Tweet is a memo complete with a line for your name and a signature from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann himself. The gist of the letter: the team needs "the full support of the nation" if it's able to make it to the next round, so bosses -- give your employees the day off!

There's no telling how many fans will attempt to use the note in an official capacity, but the 14,162 retweets and 6,740 favorites the Tweet had as of 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, show that if you're toying with the idea of printing this and dropping it on your boss' desk Thursday morning, you're not alone.

And if you absolutely cannot get out of the office, if your note garners only a chuckle and a "get back to work" look from your supervisor, you can still turn to live streaming the game from a mobile device or your computer. The Associated Press reported that Sunday's 2-2 tie with Portugal was a record setting game for WatchESPN with a total of nearly 1.4 million viewers.

So if you have to hide in the bathroom or pull off a Tim Howard inspired dive under your desk to pull off watching the game at work, at least you won't be alone. Looks like watching from cell phones and iPads and every form of tablet in between will probably be a pretty popular viewing option for this match-up. And hey -- who can blame you for going to extremes? Any employer will understand a last-ditch attempt to alleviate fear of missing out ... right?


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