Here’s a story from Vancouver writer Jim Jamieson in the Provence, who was clearly impressed with Seattle’s soccer potential.
And here’s our running blog from last night:
The crowd was announced at 47,052. Most of them have to be going away satisfied. Brazil got the win. Canada had to have been encouraged. And this was an open game with lots of individual flair. The beautiful game, indeed.
I will say this: from what I saw of Mexico here in April, from what I saw from Canada here tonight, and from what I’ve seen of the USA on television, the U.S. looks to me like North America’s third-best side.
A few postgame quotes:
de Guzman on his horrible pass that set up Brazil’s winning goal:
Last minute, I changed and decided to pass to (keeper Pat Onstad) and it didn’t have enough pace on it and that’s why it ended up on Robinho’s foot.
Yeah, I felt really down. we had the momentum and everything going for us. i was pretty down after that.
On his goal:
It was a loose ball in front of the 18-yard area and i was able to get to it first. i’m not a goal scorer, but i don’t know what happens for canada.
Brazil coach Dunga
"No surprises. We knew Canada is a very disciplined team. They have two or three plays that they repeat to perfection. … It was a difficult game and a good test; good (World Cup qualifying) preparation for Brazil."
63rd minute: De Guzman went from hero to goat in the blink of an eye. He just sent a back pass way past his defense and onto the foot of Brazil’s Robinho, who finished a one-on-one past Onstad.
56th minute: Julian de Guzman just ran onto a loose ball just outside the penalty area and fired a sizzling shot into the back of the net. Really wonderful game playing out here.
Halftime: Very entertaining game. Lots of individual skill on display, and both teams pushing forward fearlessly.
45th minute: Luis Fabiano headed a shot into Canadian keeper Pat Onstad. Onstad got plenty of contact with the ball, but he fell backward at the goal and the ball fell beyond his reach just across the goal line.
10th minute: Canada draws even, 1-1, as Rob Friend gets past the Brazil defense and outjumps keeper Julio Cesar for a header into the open goal.
5th minute: Brazil 1-0, on Diego goal to the right corner after a brilliant run into the box and pass from Robinho.
Brazil: GK Cesar; defenders Gilberto, Maicon, Juan, Lucio; midfield, Josue, Diego, Baptista, Mineiro; forwards Fabiano, Robinho.
Canada: GK Onstad; defenders Klukowski, Hastings, Stalteri, Serious; midfield, Nakajima-Farran, Hutchinson, De Rosario, de Guzman; forwards Friend, Radzinski.
6:25 — Let’s just say that downtown Seattle has not been turned into Rio at carnival. Lots of yellow jerseys, but no where near the party atmosphere — so far — the led up to the Mexico-China match.
5:15 — I’ll just keep updating this as a running blog from the game.
I’m here pretty early, neatly threading it between the end of the Mariners traffic and the start of the soccer traffic.
I just passed a little time stopping by the fan shop, and they do have all the items linked to down below. I will say that the blue jersey-like T-shirt looks much better in person than on the web site.
Also, not surprisingly, there is a ton of Brazil (Brasil) merchandise on sale, and only a sprinkling of Canada-wear.
Most unfortunately, there is no fan fest in the north parking lot — as there such a great atmosphere out there for the Mexico game. However, I’m going to take a shot that there might be some revalry over at Pioneer Square.