As the United States moves another step closer to the World Cup, soccer fanatics are becoming a growing breed.
Marietta High School is one example of a soccer program that has developed quite a bit over the past few years.
Athletic director Rick Guimond says area kids getting involved at a young age plays a big role in that success.
"It is a sport that has really grown in popularity quite a bit, and I think a lot of it has to do with the feeder programs that are available to the younger kids. We have a great feeder program here in Marietta," Guimond said.
Lots of those soccer players and fans are ready to cheer on the U.S. Saturday afternoon when the U.S. takes on Ghana.