Before this World Cup, Fran Harrington would know nearly everyone at his fan club’s watch parties, where diehard Boston soccer fans gather to cheer on the US team.
Now, when he scans the packed house at The Banshee pub in Dorchester, he sees a host of new faces in the sea of red, white, and blue.
“For the last couple of games, I don’t know 90 percent of the people,” said Harrington, the cofounder of the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws fan group. “It’s crazy.”
As the United States faces Germany in a pivotal match Thursday, interest in the World Cup is at a fever pitch, energizing hard-core and casual fans alike.
The city is hosting a watch party at City Hall Plaza, and sports bars expect legions of fans for the noon start.
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