World Cup fans gather in Freedom Plaza for USA vs. Belgium

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweaty soccer fans converged in a sunbaked plaza in downtown Washington to watch the United States take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's administration organized a World Cup viewing party Tuesday afternoon in Freedom Plaza, across the street from the District government building. The party started at 3 p.m., an hour before the game, which was broadcasted on a 17-foot-tall screen.

City officials provided water and "misting stations" at the event. Tuesday's forecast called for a high temperature of 96 degrees.

D.C. United co-hosted the viewing party along with Akridge, a developer that stands to benefit if the city agrees to build a new stadium for the Major League Soccer franchise.

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