INDIANAPOLIS – He might not immerse himself in social media or a smart phone, but
When OTAs and minicamp practices come to a close, Luck’s mindset will turn to fútbol in watching the World Cup.
Luck is an avid supporter of U.S. Soccer and he’s very anxious to see how Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad performs in what is known as the “Group of Death” down in Brazil.
“The Group of Death is going to be awesome, man. A challenge. Who wouldn’t want to do it---Portugal, Ghana and Germany what a great competition for our guys,” an emphatic Luck said last week.
When the U.S. was slotted into Group G during the World Cup draw last December, Luck said he was “stoked” to see the Americans in the same group as two of FIFA’s top four teams (Germany and Portugal).
Luck might have spent a majority of his childhood over in Europe but when it comes to national pride, the Colts quarterback is all about the red, white and blue.
“I’m always very proud to be a U.S. fan, an American citizen,” Luck says.
“I love watching the Olympics, love watching Summer and Winter, the World Cup, Women’s and Men’s. You definitely get a sense of pride in people wearing red, white and blue, USA across their chest, representing our country in a competition.”
As it relates to Colts fans, Luck notes the Indiana connection that fans should watch for on the U.S. Soccer team.
While the cut of Landon Donovan eliminated a marquee name from the 2014 squad, there’s still one holdover from that 2002 World Cup team.
“There is an Indiana native on the U.S. roster in DeMarcus Beasley from Fort Wayne, who is playing in his fourth World Cup, which is pretty spectacular. I hope all the Hoosiers out there are watching him.”
For fans that will be tuning into International Soccer for the first time, Luck has a few names to watch.
Lionel Messi (Argentina), the world record holder for most goals scored in a year, was the first name Luck mentioned before the Colts quarterback dove deeper into some individuals the U.S. will face in Group G.
“(Cristiano) Ronaldo is going to be a big matchup for our guys against the Portuguese team,” Luck said of the June 22nd matchup between Portugal and the United States.
“The Ghanaians have a great player in Kevin-Prince Boateng. He scored a goal against us in the last World Cup that helped knock us out so we’ve got some revenge to exact on the Black Stars (the nickname of Ghana’s team).”
Luck knows the order will be extremely tall for the United States to advance to the knockout stage of this year’s World Cup.
When asked if he sees the Americans finishing in the top two of Group G, Luck makes it clear he is no soccer expert, but that doesn’t mean his belief is wavering.
“I’m eternally optimistic they will advance,” Luck says with a smile.
“We’ve got a chance. Who’s to say we don’t have a chance?”