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World Cup team inspires young players

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati soccer fans packed out living rooms and sports bars Wednesday to watch the US women's team take on France. Even younger fans were sure to get in on the action.

"How is that a goal??" Desiree Grubbs questioned with a groan.

Grubbs sat with her sister Savannah and soccer buddy Kaylee Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Colerain to see if the U.S. could pull out another win.

"I'm watching from that one instead of that one... ‘cause that one's bigger," Savannah Grubbs said pointing to the big screen TVs hanging on the walls.

"Desiree's been playing since she was three and Savannah's been playing since she was four," Ryian Grubbs said.

As a dad, Grubbs knows the women on the screen are more than just players; they are hard working role models, ones that are in short supply these days.

"They'll go out and try to pretend that they're Abby or Heather, or whoever and they'll play in the back yard and stuff so yeah, they are role models for them," he said.

"They're like really good and then you can learn from it," Kaylee Sunders said.

"My favorite is Abby Wambach and Hope Solo," ten-year-old Desiree Grubbs said.

"Abby Wambach, yeah," echoed Kaylee.

"It's exciting," Ryian Grubbs said of the action on the TV. "They're actually just as physical if not more physical than what the men are."

It is a toughness the girls learn early.

"When somebody cleats you in the knee… I hate when that happens," Sunders said with a laugh.

After the game the girls agree, the best plays came from their favorite player.

"The pass behind where Alex Morgan scored from Abby," Desiree said.

"Probably when the crossed it and Abby headed it in," Sunders added.

"I have to say the headball goal," Savannah echoed with a smile.

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