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World Cup excitement building for today's lunchtime U.S.-Germany match

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(WJLA) - With the U.S.-Germany World Cup game scheduled to kick off at noon Thursday, U.S. Soccer is encouraging fans to take the day off from work to enjoy the match.

Via its Twitter account, U.S. soccer has offered a pre-written note ready to be given to your employer.

That note is signed by American coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

All you have to do is print it out, add your name, and hand it to your boss.

"We will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round," the note to America's managers reads. "By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!"

In Washington, fans will flood Dupont Circle to watch the game on two massive screens erected by the German embassy.

The U.S. can advance out of the group with a win or draw against the Germans. The U.S. can also advance with a loss, depending on the outcome of the Portugal-Ghana game that will run concurrently.

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