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Bret Busakowski (from left), Thomas Farell and Mark Florence react to a play during the first half of Monday’s World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Ghana. The three were among a crowd of soccer fans watching the game at Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub in Duluth. (Steve Kuchera /

Duluth pub becomes World Cup central


Jeremy McKay was like a lot of World Cup spectators at Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub on Monday: ornamented in red, white and blue beads, eyes glued to the big screen, hands praying one second, then arms raised in jubilation as the United States’ men’s national soccer team scored the game-winner late in its World Cup opener against Ghana.

McKay was joined by a couple hundred others who were going bananas at the Superior Street pub, which has transformed itself into World Cup central.

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