News

Spectator VP Biden thrilled with U.S. World Cup victory

Spectator VP Biden thrilled with U.S. World Cup victory

WORLD CUP: United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16. The United States won the match 2-1. Photo: Associated Press/Ricardo Mazalan

BRASILIA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden might not have resolved a diplomatic spat with Brazil over American espionage, but he got a kick out of seeing the United States soccer team win their first World Cup game.

“Watching the United States win last night was a great thrill for us,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday hours after seeing the Americans defeat Ghana 2-1.

Biden brought his soccer-playing granddaughter and a nephew with him to Monday’s game. “I’m the favorite grandfather in the family right now,” he joked.

PHOTOS: USA tops Ghana in first World Cup match

Biden met with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff to try to reboot U.S.-Brazilian relations that have been on hold since documents leaked last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that Washington had spied on Rousseff and other world leaders.

Host Brazil has taken a lot of heat for the late delivery of unfinished stadiums for the World Cup, but Biden praised the Dunes arena in the north-eastern city of Natal.

“The stadium is absolutely beautiful and it met every expectation,” he said.

Biden visited the locker-room after the game and congratulated the U.S. team, praising goalkeeper Tim Howard in particular.

“He played an incredible game last night,” he said.

Biden knows Howard from the last World Cup in South Africa and they agreed to meet again in 2018 in Russia.

“He will probably have the same job,” Biden said. “I’m not sure I will have the same one.”

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle, editing by Ed Osmond)

Recent Headlines

31 mins ago in Entertainment

Dan Aykroyd adapting ‘Blues Brothers’ for animated series

Fresh
danaykroyd391647313397

The animated project will also feature the band's original songs, as well as soul and blues classics, and new material recorded specially for the series, which Aykroyd will help to develop alongside "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts.

37 mins ago in Entertainment

‘Frozen’ fans want Queen Elsa to ‘come out’

Fresh
21-overlay-2

Fans are urging movie executives to make the film's snow queen Elsa a lesbian in the sequel.

44 mins ago in Music

Dolly Parton planning to renew vows on 50th anniversary

Fresh
dollyparton850993298558

The "9 to 5" singer had previously expressed her desire to throw another wedding bash to celebrate the milestone but said her famously reclusive husband, who has rarely been pictured with her in public, "really hates" the attention.

48 mins ago in Entertainment

It’s ‘Star Wars’ Day: May the 4th be with you

Fresh
starwarsday16125289429647

It's not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.

54 mins ago in Viral Videos

An honest trailer for ‘Captain America’

Fresh
14-overlay-2

Let's celebrate this weekend's release of "Captain America: Civil War" by looking back on the 1990 never-released movie that gives the Dolph Lundgren "Punisher" film a painfully slow run for its money.