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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Soccer Everywhere

I have been enjoying watching the Women's World Cup, now whittled down from 32 teams to just four. Friday the USA Women beat favored France to advance to the semi-finals. Next up for the USA is England. Since the games are in France, I am watching then during the day, usually around lunch time. It's a great way to extend my lunch hour to two. :-)

Also going on is the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, in which the USA Men's National team has also advanced and they play again Sunday. 

Saturday evening the Seattle Sounders finally had another home match after almost 6 weeks.  They are missing many of their regular players, who are playing for their national teams in tournaments all over the world. 

The Sounders pulled together a team of a lot of young players who have not seen much action in matches so far this year. Our opponent was a neighboring rival, Vancouver, B.C.

It was a beautiful summer evening, perfect for a soccer match. 
 June is Pride month, and this is Pride Week in Seattle, so there were rainbows. 
 And we got to sing "O Canada".
 And of course our national anthem also. 

 There were bombs bursting in air
and giant sparklers. 
The Emerald City Supporters deployed a wonderful tifo.
The game was hotly contested and the tensions rose as we approached the 90 minutes plus eight minutes of extra time with no score. When the Sounders scored with less than two minutes to go, the roar that erupted from the crowd of 45,000 was glorious, surpassing any crowd reaction I have ever experienced. 

With victory making our spirits soar, we faded away into the lingering light of the sunset, 




eager to return again for the next home match.

But before then, we have USA Women and Men to cheer on. 

9 comments:

  1. ah summer soccer with no rain-what an event and your team won!

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  2. It certainly looks like a perfect summer evening and the win, of course, adds the right touch.

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  3. I have been trying to watch the soccer games but I am quite lost. I really need to Google the rules to the game. Also it would help if the announcers would explain more. I have got to say those players have amazing stamina and are terrific athletes. They run, run and run some more and don't seem to breathe hard.

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  4. You will get your soccer fix in the next while. They make a great celebration at the sounder games. It's much more than soccer. Too bad about Vancouver. You should cheer for them!

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  5. Congratulations to the Sounders. What a wonderful uplifting post, Linda. And the sky was just perfect. :-)

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  6. We have been watching the Women’s World Cup soccer too. Actually DH watches, I pass through checking on how it’s going.

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  7. You had lovely weather for it too.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful game with a glorious finish! I love soccer.

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  9. Congratulations! It sounds like it was an amazing game. Fingers crossed for the U.S. women's soccer too.

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