|Brian, Cicso and Team Griffin Go Sounders!|
|Parts or all of Aspegren, Hipps, Thomas, Meyer, Roth, Gallimore, Harvey Families|
We watched the 3rd place match outdoors on a big screen, dined on ridiculous salmon and other fare and of course hollered at Sandy and her referee buddies after every call! You can tell she is rarely allowed to enjoy a game if anyone else is in the room because she was prepped and ready. Only thing missing was a whistle around her neck.
|JT, Mary, Lesle, Sandy, Booty :)|
Flipping a coin as to which border crossing to hit we flew into Canada in record time; with one last ditch effort to try to organize the unorganizable.
Finally, it came down to the smart people. “We are staying at the Sandman… it’s a block from the stadium. See you there pre-and post match. " Roger that.
|Sarah, Kate and Lauren to the rescue: photobomber: JACK|
Not sure who the Canadians were disguised as, but to be fair, they were outstanding fans and hosts the entire month. This wasn't just ANY match we were marching to, it was the rematch of the 2011 WWC shere the USA dominated the first 15 minutes but allowed Japan to pluck the gold medal out of our grip, because for the first 45 we couldn't finish our chances. (SEE GERMANY ' 11 Blog!)
These goals were perfectly planned, executed and played out like a sweet symphony. So many musicians with different scores, but one clean beautiful sound. In this case, the sound was the back of the net and the joyful chaos of 53,000 fans not fully understanding what was going on. There were 53, 400 but I'm not counting a few because so many were still pondering which concession line would be the shortest and missed the moment that was the crux of the entire match.
Truly, this was the craziest start to a World Cup Final you could imagine. It took place at the goal directly in front of us and you seriously felt like leaping the wall heading to the corner flag and celebrating with #10 and HER team!
The momentum of 2 goals allows for a deep breath, some smiles and some very beautiful soccer. Long passing strings where each player wanted a touch of the ball, quick and precise passing and a togetherness that allowed for one team to remind the world why it's called, "The Beautiful Game" .
I wish the players' bench could have had a seat next to the thousands of fans to feel and see and hear the exuberance they were creating for all of us.
Hey WNT! Look how happy you have made us!
If you are reading the blog, you saw the game. No need to rehash as there is no possible way anyone can do justice to the party that took place inside that stadium. But a great quick recap could be found here if ya' like.
|UW Alumni: Smitty, Gina, Malia, Tina, & Cheryl|
|Hiromi and Amy reunited from U20WWC in Japan|