After strolling down and back the main boulevard, we came across the best deal in town: 99 cent 20 oz. beers! (Roughly $1.45 US.) And the beer, Warsteiner, is good stuff; we're not talking about a German version of Olde English here.
Needless to say we were immediately popular with the group of U.S. fans who had gathered on the southern edge of downtown. While it was fascinating to meet people from all over the world during the course of the World Cup, it was equally interesting to meet different U.S. soccer fans and hear their stories. And we met a lot of them pretty quickly once we pointed them in the direction of the cheap beer.
During our time on the streets of Gelsenkirchen we were also approached by Newark Star-Ledger soccer writer Frank Giase, who was happy to find a pair of Jersey boys in Germany. He included mention of us in his World Cup blog.