#NIUSOCIALSUMMER: UNITED STATES OPENS WORLD CUP PLAY TODAY

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As I'm sure most of you might have seen, last Thursday the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicked off as the host nation took on Croatia and defeated the Vatreni, 3-1. With 11 games played over the weekend, much of the hype all weekend in the United States was the start of the Red, White and Blue's World Cup campaign Monday versus Ghana at 4 p.m. Central. For those not familiar with U.S. Soccer, the contest is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 where Ghana defeated the "Yanks", 2-1 in extra time.

What does the World Cup and U.S. Soccer have to do with #NIUSocialSummer? It's really simple actually. NIU Athletics has two connections to the U.S. Soccer Federation, one current and one former.

Currently, NIU men's soccer Associate Head Coach Garrett Biller is a scout in the United States Soccer Federation's Development Academy where he performs player identification and training evaluations for U.S. Youth National Teams. 

In the former, NIU Hall of Famer Willy Roy, who served as the Head Coach of the men's soccer program for 16 years between 1987 and 2002, played for the U.S. National Team between 1965 and 1973. In his time at NIU, Roy posted a 142-131-22 record and is the all-time leader in victories. Roy earned 20 caps (games played) for the United State's, scoring 10 goals for the Red, White and Blue, the most by a U.S. Soccer player between 1973 and 2002. In honor of the United States Soccer Federation's 100th anniversary, the 11 best players in federation history were selected. Though Roy was not named to the all-time XI, he did receive a vote for the squad. Roy is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

For more on Roy, take a peak at these articles below, including a photo gallery.

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