Local soccer team, kids excited for World Cup

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Today is the day soccer fans have been waiting for: the World Cup kicks off this afternoon. While the stars of the U.S. Men's National Team are getting ready for their games in Brazil, there's plenty of buzz in the Valley for the national team and for Arizona's local team, Arizona United.

3TV's Tess Rafols got a behind-the-scenes look at an Arizona United practice and talked with some of the players about their love of the game and their hopes for this year's World Cup squad. United player Jon Okafor has been watching and playing soccer his whole life, so he is certainly excited to watch the World Cup this year.

"We (the U.S.) know we're in a tough group," Okafor said. "But we're doing really well in tune-up games, we've got three wins in a row so I think we've got a little bit of momentum going in."

Okafor isn't the only person in Peoria with some optimism about the U.S. team's World Cup chances. Kids at summer camp in Peoria are excited about the team and the game of soccer. The kids showed off their soccer skills and gave a loud prediction on who they think will win.

To learn more about the City of Peoria's summer camps, visit their website.

The first match of the World Cup is Brazil vs Croatia, it starts at 1 p.m. The U.S. team's first game is Monday at 3 p.m. against Ghana.

Fans can also support Arizona United in their games at the Peoria Sports Complex. United plays the Rochester Rhinos in a league game on June 14 and Major League Soccer's L.A. Galaxy in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 18.