When Canada was awarded the 2015 women’s world cup, we knew this was going to happen considering our proximity to the 49th parallel.
But now it’s here. We expected it. We had a pretty large hint when Fox Sports built its chalet right beside the new trade and convention and center. Even though said broadcasting facility is not the most subtle structure, it reminds us our neighbors to the south would be visiting.
Last week when Cameroon, Ecuador, Japan and the Swiss were in town to play at BC Place, there was some representation at the former dome. It was nice.
Heads up. In the next two days if you’re around the city, you will be immersed in some red, white and blue. And don’t forget, those colours don’t run.
It starts with a big party tonight at the Commodore for the American Outlaws, the supporters group for the United States national soccer teams. It won’t get unruly like a house party at US goalkeepers Hope Solo’s place, because the Outlaws, unlike the United States Soccer Federation have a code of conduct its members have to follow.
The Americans play Nigeria tomorrow to wrap up the group stage in Group “D.” Get set for the irritating chorus of “I believe that we will win,” which will be bellowed at full voice.
Hopefully our Yankee chums will remember Canadian beer is little bit more potent.
If you thought the World Cup lacked atmosphere, that changes, because the ‘Muricans are here with their chests puffed out with patriotism, and you know they’ll be loud and proud.
The USA is everyone’s enemy on the pitch. They embrace it, which is good for the tournament until the final on July 5. Not so good if they are standing on top of the podium.