Team Canada doesn't expect to recreate 2002's U-19 numbers

Team Canada defender Kinley McNicoll smiles as she wears a neck pillow as Team Canada and Team...

Team Canada defender Kinley McNicoll smiles as she wears a neck pillow as Team Canada and Team Germany arrived at the Edmonton International Airport on August 13, 2014. (Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

A team of teenage girls soccer players arrived via charter at 2 p.m. Wednesday, wondering if they were taking a trip back in time.

Is it possible? Is it conceivable? Could it happen?

Are we about to experience The Distant Replay of 2002?

When Team Canada came out of an early evening team meal Thursday, the ticket totals, which felt an immediate surge within an hour of the team qualifying, were pushing 15,000.

It’s likely the 16,503 mark — representing the largest crowd of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup — will be eclipsed by the time the team has breakfast.

If you take the temperature of the town, there seems to be a mood and attitude to try to recreate and replicate a scene from a dozen years ago.

But The Girls of 2002, Christine Sinclair, Kara Lang, Erin McLeod, Candace Chapman, Carmelina Moscato, Brittany Timko, Sasha Andrews, Katie Thorlakson and others had two weeks of wooing and wowing the Edmonton fans to get to this game.


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