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Sporting KC player's family excited to head to Brazil for World Cup matches

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Matt Besler (left) trains for the World Cup (Associated Press) Matt Besler (left) trains for the World Cup (Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Matt Besler's family is excited about cheering the Sporting KC player on as he plays on the United States team in the World Cup.

His mother, Diane Besler, has packed up items in a large box shipped by U.S. Soccer to Besler's family.

"It's like Christmas at our house," she said, adding that families of other team players got similar boxes.

The Besler family expects to have a good time and aren't worried about any issues in Brazil. Diane Besler said they would be cautious and pay attention to who they are with and where they are.

Their focus is on their pride and the unique experience.

"We feel the atmosphere will be electric and vibrant," Diane Besler said.

She and her husband, Greg, remember when their son started playing soccer.

"I do remember looking at Greg and saying, I don't think soccer is going to be his sport because we didn't play and we didn't know the rules," she said.

But her son quickly learned and excelled.

"Sometimes it's hard to fathom he's at the top of his profession. There isn't anything higher you can get," Diane Besler said. "It's been an unbelievable ride and he's been preparing for this for a really long time."

She said he doesn't need her advice but she hopes he relaxes and enjoys the moment. She said she would remind him that it's just a soccer game "like so many he's played in the past and take it in."

In addition to Matt Besler, Sporting's Graham Zusi is also playing for U.S.

The U.S. will play Ghana at 5 p.m. on Monday. Sporting KC is hosting watch parties at the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City.

Mosiac will host VIP watch parties.

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