Soccer fans from around the globe have been waiting four years for the sport’s premier event.
The wait is over: The 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here.
Thirty-two soccer teams from all over the globe have gathered in Russia for the world’s most popular sports tournament. American soccer fans won’t see Team USA in this year’s competition—and Acorn All-Stars are bummed Israel and Ecuador aren’t in the dance. Germany won the big enchilada in 2014.
Jonathan Andrade spoke with local soccer figures about what they’re looking forward to with this summer’s World Cup.
“It’s going to be great having all that soccer going on and to have everyone around the world, especially in the states, into it for a while. It’s the best soccer you’ll see.” Daniel Steres, Calabasas High grad Los Angeles Galaxy defender
“This is a huge family event, just getting together and getting to watch all the games. I’m looking forward to watching Germany and Mexico play on Father’s Day.” Hannah Sharts, Westlake grad UCLA women’s soccer
“Argentina is going to win the World Cup this year. It is 100 percent because of Messi. I love him.” Elysia Laramie, Simi Valley grad Long Beach State women’s soccer
“My family’s from Uruguay so I follow guys like Suarez and Cavani. Hopefully, a South American country can win a World Cup in Europe.” Sebastian Alvarado, Oaks Christiangirls’ soccer head coach
“We’ve already seen some great disappointment that (Team USA’s) not in, but I think the intrigue is still there to watch. I imagine we’ll see a little bit of a dip in viewership.” Frank Marino, Westlake girls’ and CalLutheran women’s soccer head coach
“Being able to watch the beauty of the sport, and how everybody comes together, is probably the most exciting thing for me.” Isaiah Bolton, Newbury Park grad,Westmont College men’s soccer