Houston soccer fans tune in as World Cup gets under way

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

HOUSTON – They can’t hide emotions. Not real soccer fans – not during the World Cup.

Fans say it’s, “like the world series of the world.”

Pax Schulte, 11, wants to be there. Father, Patrick, tried, but transportation and tickets cost a mint. So, they watched at Christian’s Tailgate.

“This is kind of like the World Cup not at the World Cup,” Pax said.

“We get together to share special events right? And you know, four years from now he’ll remember hey I watched the World Cup with dad. We’ll probably watch 10 games at least this year. So we’ll be right back here to watch the U.S. play Ghana and win this year,” his father said.

Former Houston Dynamo great Brian Ching was there last time on the U.S. World Cup roster.

On Thursday, he was thinking about former teammates: Brad Davis, Bonick Garcia, Geoff Cameron and Chris Wondolowski. All but the Honduran Garcia play for Team USA.

“It’s something that every soccer player strives for and tries to attain. And the fact that we have guys on the team now that are on the team now are really excited…Because you are one of 23 guys representing the entire country. There can’t be anything more special than that,” Ching said.

He thinks the experience will help Davis and Garcia push their Dynamo to new heights. But for now, Ching is just proud.

And like these real fans, excited to watch.

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