A dozen years ago Edmonton fell in love with a teenage girls soccer team that, in contrast to the way Canada’s men played the game, moved the ball forward and attacked.
The fans fell in love with the girls with a hockey mentality, playing a tough physical game and refusing to participate in any of the play-acting and diving which turns off so many fans in this country.
They fell in love with a group of girls loaded with talent and personality and the innocent ability to talk about what they’d developed together as a team.
Well, there’s a new group of northern girls in town for Saturday’s quarter-final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Germany. And they double dog dare the city’s fans to fall in love with them, too.
With a forecast for a 27C day and perfect evening at Commonwealth Stadium, who knows how high the crowd count could go. But the girls on this team swear you’re going to watch another Canadian team that will capture and captivate you, too.