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Rally Around The Red, White, And Blue At Small Bar

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 24, 2010 9:00PM

The crowd at Small Bar Division St. celebrates a USA goal against Slovenia
Amidst the storms and Blago and whatever else is going on about town, you may have noticed the U.S. Men's National Team is making a nice run at the World Cup. It hasn't been easy but after yesterday's dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria, Team USA own their group for the first time ever (not counting 1930 when they won in a three-team group) and is through to the knock-out round. Waiting for them on Saturday is Ghana, the nation that stymied the Americans in Germany four years ago and prevented the USA from advancing then. The USA had their lapses and missed opportunities throughout the Group Stage, but they've lined themselves up as good a draw as they could hope for, slated to face the winner of South Korea-Uruguay in the quarterfinals should they win Saturday.

But first is Ghana. We've talked before about the fine folks at Small Bar Division Street being one of the great bars to watch the World Cup (I was there for the Slovenia match last week) so we're excited to announce we're teaming up with Small Bar and Metromix Chicago's man-about-town Ernest Wilkins for USA Rally, a viewing of the USA-Ghana match. And though that match doesn't kick off til 1:30 p.m., the fun will get started early in the day (and a big crowd is guaranteed). Head to SmallBar Division at 8:30 a.m. for the South Korea-Uruguay match. The rally will be taking place outside on the patio where the good folks at SmallBar will have 50" LCD's with match audio. The weather is forecast to be sunny and warm, so we'll be keeping you cool with a beer tub on the patio selling American canned brews including $4 Schlitz tallboys, $3 PBR, $5 HalfAcre Gossamer, $5 Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi and $5 Fat Tire (with $4 Bud pounders to boot). Be sure to RSVP and get more details at the Facebook invite page.

Bring your flags, your signs, your chants, and your vuvuzelas as we root on Landon, Tim, Clint, and the rest of the USMNT (with its Chicago flavor) on to victory and what's shaping up to be a historic World Cup run for the squad.

Rally USA for USA-Ghana World Cup Match, Saturday June 26, Doors open at 8:30 a.m., USA match at 1:30 p.m., Small Bar Division Street, 2049 West Division