It's the match that all you womens' footy fans have been waiting for...Canada kicks off its quest for a trip to London this summer for Olympic gold tonight at the site of the last Olympic games: Vancouver.
Captain Canada (a.k.a. Christine Sinclair) and new coach John Herdman will be leading Big Red into battle against Le Rouge et Bleu this evening, a match you will be able to see on Sportsnet One, Ontario and Pacific (and online at Sportsnet.ca) at 10:30pm EST (7:30pm PST).
The seventh ranked Canadians (who took a slight hit from their previous high of sixth from before the World Cup debacle in Germany) will be taking on the 62nd ranked Haitians, who will be coached by Gaspard D'Alexis, a coach whose previous role was at a club in Kansas City. While it will be a tall order for the Haitians (who recently came through one heck of an earthquake that devastated their country) to defeat the Canadians, whatever the result -- as per this E:60 documentary, just being in Vancouver with an intact team is probably a triumph.
The Canadians, on their part, are feeling confident -- but they will be taking a more conservative approach under Herdman compared to the one that Carolina Morace had set. How that will work out with the likes of Sinclair, Kaylyn Kyle, and company, we shall see tonight. Two teams starting afresh -- if it was a Hollywood drama being pitched, it'd be greenlit already!
We'll be game-threading it up in the comments section as well, so join us for the Canada game, and maybe even Costa Rica v Cuba as well beforehand. And to all you Easterners who will be watching -- get those energy drinks ready, and start feeling like a Westerner (because frankly, there probably isn't another way...take it from a Westerner!)