City fans celebrate U.S. victory 

On the brink of elimination from the World Cup, San Francisco soccer fans erupted in hugs and child-like squeals of happiness following Landon Donovon’s goal in extra time that defeated Algeria 1-0 Wednesday.

“We were two minutes away from elimination,’’ said David Hoey, 29, who scheduled work around the soccer games and has watched every one at Kezar Pub. “I just can’t believe it.”

Hoey, in his USA jersey with a crew of people sitting around a table full of oatmeal, eggs and booze, said he worried the game would turn sour because of trivial referee calls.

“But that was that. They played well and now we can just put it behind us,” he said with an ear-to-ear grin while people boogied to Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born in the USA.”

Bartenders at the pub -- with a maximum capacity of about 250 people -- washed all their glasses, changed their kegs and started heating up the kitchen as early as 6:30 a.m. and had to turn people away by the start of the 7 a.m. game.

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