Sunday, June 1, 2008

Samba had a close call, eh?

See our match gallery here.

In the 5th minute it was 1-0 to Brazil and thoughts of a rout must have passed through the minds of some of the crowd of over 47,000 at Qwest Field on May 31st.

The Canadians had other ideas, and instead they drew level a few minutes later and played the better first half with the better chances. The guys in red were down 2-1 at the break, but leveled the score early in the second half. After Brazil took a 3-2 lead in the 64th the match lost a bit of momentum, but still ended up being a grand spectacle.

Qwest Field was alive with samba music, Canadian support chants and lots of air horns. Fans painted their faces, draped flags around their backs, sang, hugged and made merry.

The Canadians can hold their heads very high after this showing. Meanwhile I would imagine Brazil will go back to work on their porous back line.

Seattle Sounders FC were on hand with screen time, flyers and merchandise available in the Qwest club store.

I completed my soccer 'double-header' day in fine style. Thanks to Mike Jennings, owner of the Tacoma Tide, for giving me a ride up to Seattle after the Tide's 5-0 win over Spokane. Thanks to Ruffneck Scarves for hosting us at the Brazil match. Dan of the ECS completed my journey with a ride home from the Bremerton ferry dock. Cheers, guys!

Local Media cover the match:
Seattle Times
Seattle P-I
Tacoma News Tribune
Shotgun Prose Blog

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