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Meet 'Teddy Roosevelt,' the U.S. soccer fan who took the Internet by storm

Kevin Kaduk
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Soccer fans were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief in the moments after Clint Dempsey scored his huge go-ahead goal in the United States' 2-2 draw against Portugal on Sunday.

Was that a time-traveling Teddy Roosevelt cheering on the score from the stands in Manaus?

While the presence of the 26th president's ghost may have made sense given his imperialist tendencies, the man spotted cheering was actually Mike D'Amico — an American fan who has made Brazil his personal San Juan Hill for the past few weeks.

Our own Yahoo Sports video team caught up with D'Amico after Sunday's draw and he seemed unaware he had become a celebrity back in the United States and arguably the team's most visible fan. He was also with the team for their win over Ghana in Natal and said he has a simple reason for dressing up like "Teddy Goalsevelt."

"I do it because it gets people fired up here," D'Amico told Yahoo Sports. "I led the march here and people were like 'Yeah, Teddy Roosevelt!' It gets people involved.

"When I'm trying to start a song in the stands, it's easier to listen to Teddy Roosevelt than some other guy in another shirt."

While we applaud D'Amico for his patriotism in South America this summer and look forward to his new job in Kansas City this fall: Challenging this man for title of the world's best Andy Reid impersonator.

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