Soccer on the rise
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - You can't go too far these days without someone mentioning the World Cup, the biggest soccer tournament is all the buzz these days, even here in the Red River Valley where youngsters are plugged in to every nation and every player.
It's no surprise that soccer isn't the most popular sport here in the United States, but during the World Cup, American soccer fans are coming out of the woodwork. For this group behind me, their soccer fever is year round.'
Max Hodny - 'If people start watching the World Cup they'll figure out it's a fun sport to play and that if you do really well you could go play in the world cup
Seth Kotzbacher - 'It's a world sport and it keeps on growing and growing because people watch it on television and they think they want to do that.
You would think for a group of youngsters playing for the Tri-city Storm who look up to players like Clint Dempsey, Jose Altidore and Tim Howard, that the USA would be a shoe in when asked who they thought would win the World Cup. Well, think again.
'Who do you think is going to win the World Cup?'
Hodny - 'Argentina.'
Jack Cella - 'Germany and Brazil."
Kotzbacher - 'Portugal maybe or the Netherlands
Gabe Benson - 'Brazil.'
But that doesn't mean they're not cheering for the Red White and Blue
Hodny - 'They're just doing really good.'
Cella - 'I hope Jose Altidore can start playing again.'
Kotzbacher - 'They could win it. It's an iffy chance.'
Soccer is steadily climbing the ranks in American sports, but is far away from challenging football and basketball in popularity. For those who don't think soccer is entertaining, talking to this group could change their mind.
Benson - 'I think people think it's boring when they watch because they think you just stand there and pass the ball back and forth but you really run around and pass it and score.'
It's safe to say these kids will be paying close attention between now and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The real question is how many will be joining them.
The soccer buzz continues this weekend with the annual Tri-City tournament, an event that's brought over 140 teams to Fargo-Moorhead in recent years.