'This is a Kick:' Biden Visits U.S. World Cup Team

Vice President's Office via Instagram

After the U.S. Men's National Team won its first 2014 World Cup match Monday evening, Vice President Joe Biden visited the team in the locker room at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States beat Ghana 2-1, with a goal in the first minute and the 86th minute of the game. The White House posted a video Monday night of Biden meeting with the team and congratulating individual players. After players thanked him for making the trip and meeting with them, Biden punned, "Are you kidding me? This is a kick, man."

Biden's Instragram account posted a photo of the event Monday. Last Thursday, the account posted a Throwback Thursday photo of the vice president meeting soccer legend Pele at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Biden has been Barack Obama's main sporting ambassador for large international competitions. In addition to the previous World Cup in 2010, Biden traveled to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. First Lady Michelle Obama was the star of the delegation to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. In response to recent Russian antigay laws and cooling diplomatic relations, Obama did not send any major members of his administration to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, opting for former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and two LGBT athletes -- tennis' Billie Jean King and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

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