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USA VP Biden to cast eye over US team in Brazil

Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, will attend a USA national team fixture at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

VP Biden attended the American side's 1-1 draw with England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and it has been confirmed that he will again be on hand to watch the national team in action on the world stage.

Biden, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, welcomed the World Cup trophy to Dulles International Airport near the nation's capital of Washington on Monday and said that he was excited about supporting Juergen Klinsmann's team.

"It was an honor to be at the last World Cup, watching Spain win," said Biden.

"It was a thrill to actually stand here with the cup, it's the real deal.

"You have to attend a World Cup, if you ever wonder what it means to people. It's the most unusual sporting event I've ever attended, and I've attended thousands, probably, in my career. It's a feel, and you can feel it even before you get anywhere near the stadium, you can feel it even before you land.

"It's in the air, it's a palpable sense of energy that I've never quite experienced before. It's the most consequential sporting event in the world. It's amazing how deeply, deeply, deeply passionate every country is about the World Cup."

Biden added: "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on.

"It's not historically been our game … but 25 million people in the United States play soccer; 80 percent of them are young people who will be players and fans for years to come. And our Major League Soccer teams are selling out stadiums, and our national teams are looking strong.

"And the world should know: We're coming ready to play."

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