It will be a genuine celebration of soccer on fake grass this weekend in Vancouver, and it will have a definite red, white and blue tinge to it.
Japan and the United States of America meet in a rematch of the 2011 Women’s World Cup final held in Frankfurt.
Hopefully Sundays match can equal the excitement in Germany.
Japan tied that contest with nine minutes to go in the second half, as the sides were equal 1-1 after 90 minutes. The Yankees had the lead with three minutes to go in extra time, before the land of the rising sun leveled it again. It was 2-2 after extra time. Japan won the World Cup on penalty kicks.
A year later the Americans exacted some revenge, as they took the Gold medal at the Olympics over the Japanese in London.
Sunday, the head of soccer’s governing body will be noticeably absent, due to personal reasons according to his lawyer.
Can you imagine if Sepp Blatter had shown up?
It would have been awesome. After presenting the world cup, the bedazzled RCMP, sorry the RCMP in red serge would slap the cuffs on the 79-year-old. As the confetti cannons blew all over BC Place blinding people, American marshals would role in from both tunnels of the stadium, with huge blinding spotlights on top of armoured personnel carriers. Amidst the celebration, the motorcade would exit and whisk down highway 99. Then, the portly overlord of football would be handed over at the Blaine border, extradited to the United States for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal.
That would be magnificent. But the focus should be on the players.
Enjoy the Final. Kickoff is at 4 PM at BC Place.