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Biden, Kerry Greet World Cup Trophy in First Tour Stop

Image: U.S. Secretary of State Kerry plays catch with group of youth soccer players attending clinics taught by DC United players, prior to a ceremony for the start of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, at the State Department in Washington
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plays with a group of youth soccer players attending clinics taught by DC United players, prior to a ceremony for the start of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, at the State Department in Washington, April 14. The event is the first U.S. stop for the trophy, preceding the World Cup Tournament in Brazil this summer.MIKE THEILER / Reuters

Vice President Joe Biden plans to head to Brazil this summer to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup and cheer the U.S. national team at on of its games.

Brazil expects 600,000 foreign visitors and 3 million Brazilian tourists during the monthlong tournament, according to The Associated Press.

The trophy to be awarded the winner of this year's World Cup soccer (fútbol) tournament made a stop Monday in Washington, D.C. at the State Department where Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were on hand to welcome it and make a few remarks.

The stop was the first of the Trophy Tour preceding the tournament that begins June 12. Before the presentation, athletes from youth soccer organizations batted around a soccer ball with Kerry and DC United players.

At the ceremony, Kerry expressed excitement at the possibility of a match between the United States and Brazil, adding, "to do that the United States has to get through Germany, Portugal and Ghana." Those opponents have been called one of the "Groups of Death" in the tournament and U.S. faces a serious challenge in emerging the winner.

Biden said he played the other football, but his grandchildren play soccer. "One of the great advantages of being vice president, I'm able to take _ if I'm not going to a war zone _ one of my grandchildren with me ... And the only thing all my girls said is they want to go to the World Cup," Biden said.

Whether Brazil will be ready for the event is a worry. Three stadiums still are under construction and the country expects street protests, according to the AP.

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