Local soccer experts dish on the World Cup

With the United States playing Belgium in the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this afternoon, interest in soccer is swelling in a country that is typically overwhelmingly uninterested in the sport.
Matt DeYoung
Jul 1, 2014


That’s great news for those vested in the soccer community around West Michigan as they’ve watched their favorite sport climb into the national spotlight.

A pair of area high school coaches — Spring Lake’s Jeremy Thelen and Fruitport’s Greg Kobylak — took some time to answer questions about their impressions of the World Cup thus far.

Here are their answers:

Q: How much of the World Cup have you watched?

Thelen: I’ve watched a game a day.

Kobylak: I have watched a lot, at least a part of almost every game. Sometimes it’s not with my full attention, but almost every game has been on the TV in the house.

Q: Which team has impressed you the most?

Thelen: The biggest surprise for me is France. I’m really surprised how they worked together. I picked Argentina at the beginning of the World Cup, but they’re not playing the best defense right now.

Kobylak: The Dutch … the Netherlands. They’ve been a lot of fun to watch with their attacking style, getting numbers forward. Attacking soccer is always fun to play. I’ve also enjoyed Columbia for similar reasons, and of course, being proud watching the USA play.

Q: What’s been your impression of the United States side thus far?

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