New York gives state workers time off to watch World Cup game

NEW YORK Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:01pm EDT

Croatian fans react to being behind late in their opening match against Brazil in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Croatian fans react to being behind late in their opening match against Brazil in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state workers can indulge their World Cup fever on Thursday with an extended lunch break to root for Team USA in its match against Germany, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

In a letter to Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Cuomo said New York state stands strongly behind the U.S. soccer team and was allowing workers to take an extra hour at lunch to watch the game.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish you and the entire team the best of luck," the letter said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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