Brazil and Canada each got some training time Friday on the real grass field brought into Qwest Field for their friendly at 7:30 tonight.
Advance ticket sales are reported up to around 43,000, meaning there should be good tickets available for anyone wanting to walk up.
And here’s a bit of what we heard in some of the interviews leading up to the match.
Canada midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on playing Brazil:
“I think if you’re in awe, you’ll be in a little bit of trouble. You have to go out there of course respecting Brazil, respecting their talent, respecting their creativity. But in the same sense, you have to go out there and play and prove what you can bring to the table. At the end of the day, they’re professionals and you’re professionals.”
Brazil keeper Julio Cesar on the world’s No. 2 team being ready to face the No. 62 team:
“The Brazil national team, every time we play, we have the expectation to win. The expectations are always high.”
Though technically a friendly, both sides say the match holds serious meaning as preparation for 2010 World Cup qualifying and the Summer Olympics.
“It’s a friendly to put it nicely, but the players know it’s going to be a battle,” De Rosario said. “It’s a game that both teams want to win. I think Brazil is looking to just go and spank a team, which will build their confidence to prepare for their World Cup qualifier. (For us) it would be nice to get a win, say you beat Brazil, and build our confidence for our World Cup qualifier coming up in June.”
The Brazil coach, Dunga, confirmed that he would try to balance the goals of preparing his team for the 2010 World Cup qualifying schedule, while also hoping to work in some younger players for the Olympics in August.
“The matter at hand is the (World Cup) qualifying,” he said (through translator Bob Sutton). “But at the same time, if the opportunity if given, we can put in some players to prepare for the Olympic Games as well and decide who will go to the Olympics. … The main goal is to prepare the main team. The side goal is to prepare for the Olympics.”
For more than 40,000 fans, the goal is just to enjoy the beautiful game played by the nation that has come as close as possible to perfecting it.
This is Brazil’s second-ever appearance in Seattle, and first since 1976, when the national side met a team of all stars from the North American Soccer League.