June 8, 2006
It's a sport that can cause peace in a country or bring riots to the streets--either way soccer is on everyone's mind as the World Cup begins.
This year's US team is bringing the excitement home. The largest youth sports organization in our area is SOCA, which had 4,000 kids playing soccer this year.
"It doesn't take a whole lot of equipment. It doesn't take a lot of money. All you need is a ball and a patch of grass and a desire to go out there and play. Some countries kids don't even have a patch of grass and they go out and play in the street," said Dan Rosensweig of SOCA.
The games kick off Friday morning with Germany playing Costa Rica. The first U.S. match will take place against the Czech Republic Monday at 9 a.m.