Knoxville Force players connect with World Cup

Knoxville Force players connect with World Cup

6 Sports Reporter

Knoxville (WATE)- It's just once every four years that the rest of the world gets as excited about soccer as players on the Knoxville Force. 

The World Cup starts on June 12 in Brazil.

The United State will play their first game on June 16.

"Yes definitely, said Force striker Matheus Bachi. 

"I am from Brazil so sometimes I wish I could be there, but it will be nice to see from a different place."

Strike midfielder Mark Hanlon is from Europe where soccer is a national obsession.

"No matter where you are, I think you enjoy watching the World Cup," he said before practice for the Force's game this weekend against the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Oddly enough, the one place the World Cup may be the least hyped is here in the United States, where these guys play.

"It's different because in Brazil, everything stops for World Cup," said Bachi. "Here, they're talking more about the NBA Finals than the World Cup."

While the excitement isn't quite what it is around the world--- the Force hopes the Cup will draw fans and in-turn get them to Regal Stadium on the UT campus to watch the Force's home games.

"I feel that we European players come here and feel a part of it and try to build-up U.S. soccer, and I think it is growing every year," said Hanlon. 
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