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Team USA fans plan to watch Thursday's World Cup match by any means necessary

June 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM ET

If you were worried about trying to watch Team USA's World Cup match against Germany today, you can rest easy: You've got an excuse letter from USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Video: Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team, penned a letter that he hopes will help employees persuade their bosses to let them to watch Thursday’s USA-Germany match in the World Cup. Tell us where you’ll be watching. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

The U.S. men's soccer team posted Klinsmann's letter to Facebook and Twitter Wednesday evening and it instantly went viral, getting nearly 60,000 shares on Facebook and more than 20,000 retweets.

Yet despite Klinsmann's efforts, many are working on contingency plans in case their bosses aren't impressed by the letter, devising ways to watch the game wherever they may be during it. 

Many fans say their offices are cooperating, coordinating group viewing parties so employees won't miss the action.

Glenda Palma: "Stuck? No way! We're having a business meeting. Ahem."

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My bosses let us set up a projector in the conference room to watch the game. We have been watching all the games since the beginning of the series

Sheila Hall: "I work at an apartment complex and we are having a resident soccer game watching party with bagels and donuts tomorrow morning."

Others have arranged viewing parties in their office or are developing backup plans of their own.

George Bouza: "Coming in early to take a 2 hour lunch, watching on my iPad in the work cafeteria. Wish we had a viewing party."

Gloria Medina: "I'm glad I know Spanish, so I will be watching by the mobile app of Univicion Deportes [sic] on my phone. Yeah #GoUSA!!!"

With a win or a draw, Team USA will advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup, so games don't get much more important than this. Show us how you plan to watch today's game on Facebook and Twitter using #OrangeRoom.

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