From the Google Doodle to public spaces around the globe,
everything stops for soccer's World Cup, including, it seems,
On Thursday morning 130 young soccer players between the ages of
six and 14 attending Gannon University's soccer camp will take a
break from playing the game so that they can watch the
game-specifically the U.S. team's crucial match with powerhouse
The campers will do their ball handling and agility until 11
a.m. then break for an early lunch (and a bit of face painting)
before heading for the Yehl Room to watch the U.S. attempt to move
on to the knockout round against the powerful Germans.
The weeklong camp's coaches have no problem getting excited for
the once-every-four-years event. Gannon women's coach Colin
Petersen is a native of South Africa, which hosted the 2010 World
Cup. Men's coach Rob Van Rheenen has a powerful rooting interest.
The side from his native land, the Netherlands, won Group B and has
advanced to the knockout round in impressive fashion.