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World Cup Fever Hits North Texas



    World Cup Fever Hits North Texas
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    American fans braved the cold of South Africa's winter,

    As the men's USA national soccer team prepares to take on Ghana in the World Cup on Saturday, North Texans are growing more and more excited about the match and the sport.

    To be a member of the national team, it takes a lot more than just knowing how to play the game.  Scott Pucek, the performance manager with Athletes' Performance in Frisco should know.  Team USA trained at one of its locations leading up to the World Cup. Players worked on strengthening agility, balance and overall power.

    "You know, when you've worked with an athlete," said Pucek. " And you see that burst towards the ball and you're like, right on." It's not just players from team USA who've had to sharpen their skills before the World Cup. People in Frisco, like Sheree Morrow are working on their soccer skills as well.

    Morrow has been playing soccer for 3 days."I've been watching my girls for what 18 years going on and just decided that I was going to try and not break anything or make a fool out of myself," said Morrow.

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    Morrow admits, she has caught World Cup fever. "It would be nice to be in (South) Africa right now watching," she said.

    If you're like Morrow then you will be watching team USA take on Ghana from North Texas on Saturday.  At least you won't have to watch alone especially if you head out to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco.

    "We have 31 flat screens in here," said John Wagner, president of Hunts Sports Group.  "The place will be full and there will be a lot of excitement. The video boards will be on outside the stadium."

    From international flags to flat screen televisions, Pizza Hut Park is all set up to be the World Cup fix North Texans have been craving.  The doors there open at 11:30 Saturday morning.  The game starts at 1:30pm. And if you can't make it to Pizza Hut Park, here is a list of other places to watch the World Cup.