Real Salt Lake excited for World Cup

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - The biggest tournament on the planet starts Thursday in Brazil. Soccer fans all over the world will be glued to their televisions for the next month, and Real Salt Lake is no different.

"It's such an exciting time for soccer," said defender Tony Beltran. "Every four years this happens and everybody watches. It's so cool."

"I'm so excited that we're having a U.S.-Ghana World Cup watch party," defender Nat Borchers said. "Sorry, we can't invite everybody."

This World Cup is especially exciting for RSL because it has two of its brothers playing in Brazil, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando.

"You have people that you're so close to in Kyle and Nick," said head coach Jeff Cassar. "The guys are going to be cheering them on like crazy. But it's an exciting time. Guys will be coming into work talking about the game, watching the game, and living it. It's going to be a fun time."

"To see Beckerman get the start the other day is awesome," said goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who added he speaks with Rimando regularly. "There are so many kids out there that look up to guys like that. To know that he's in our locker room everyday, it's kind of, for me at least, it's something that I didn't expect to happen in my life."

While RSL feels World Cup fever, the only problem is that they will be flying to Atlanta on Thursday and will miss the opening match.

"It's like sacrilegious that we're flying on Thursday" Borchers said with a laugh. "I'm so sad that I'm going to miss that Brazil-Croatia game. But I can't wait for all the others."

The United States kicks off the World Cup Monday against Ghana.

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