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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Local soccer coaches give their perspective of the World Cup

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  • The world has experienced a week of its biggest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup, in Brazil and it hasn't been without its share of excitement.
    Whether you're a casual sports fan or a soccer fanatic, the Cup has something to offer almost everyone watching throughout the month. The tournament is filled with the world's best players and some of the world's biggest superstars
    Now that the group stage is halfway finished, the Times spoke to two of Leavenworth's more knowledgeable soccer experts, the father and son duo of Catholic High School head soccer coach Frank Mazeitis and University of Saint Mary head soccer coach Derek Mazeitis to get their perspective of the Cup so far.
    What country do you think will win the World Cup?
    Derek: So far from what I've seen, I would say Germany. They look really put together.
    Frank: My pick would be Germany.
    Which game that you've watched has been the most enjoyable?
    Derek: Netherlands vs. Australia
    Frank: Ironically it was the dismantling of Spain by the Netherlands. That was the most fun game, in my opinion, I've watched so far.
    Who do you think the best player in the Cup is?
    Derek: Gosh, I think you'd have to say Arjen Robben from the Netherlands.
    Frank: Well, after the exhibition (Luis) Suarez put on from Uruguay ... he's only less than a month from knee surgery and he's back already, that's almost a miracle. Then he scores two goals (Thursday against England). ... I may have to put him at the top of the list at this point in the tournament.
    How far do you think the United States will go in the tournament?
    Derek: I think they can make it out of pool play. ... I do think they'll make it out but after that I think they have their work cut out for them.
    Frank: I'd love to see them go all the way of course. But I don't know, they're going to have a tough one with Portugal, even though (Portugal) got blasted (by Germany). ... I'd like to at least see them get out of pool play, and I think they can do it. I think they can beat Portugal, Germany is another question.
    Who is your favorite player for the United States?
    Derek: Probably Mix Diskerud. You don't get to see him much, but I think that as he ages and as Klinsman gets more comfortable with him I think you'll see him a lot more. He really makes things happen when he does go in there.
    Frank: I guess it'd be (Clint) Dempsey.
    What is your favorite place to watch soccer?
    Derek: The most fun I've ever had watching was in 2010 at Power and Light. ... I went when the US played Algeria so that was a ton of fun.
    Page 2 of 2 - Frank: I'm a season ticket holder for Sporting, and I love going down there.

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