No World Cup AND no TFC? what to write about today? Hmmmmm, something topical. Oooh I know.
You've been enjoying all this international football recently right? Your heart glowed to epic proportions as you stood on guard on Canada day right? Want to combine the two of them? Sure you do!
Now you can. September 9th at BMO Field, Canada will play the first home game of the Benito Floro era (yeah, just think about that one for a while) and it's right here in Toronto, against Jamaica. This should be a good test, better than Canada but not so much better that it'd be ridiculous to entertain the thought of Canada winning (or scoring a goal) and exactly the type of Concacaf nation that Canada needs to figure out how to overtake if they're ever going to do more than gaze wistfully at that whole World Cup thing.
This in and of itself isn't news of course, but the purpose of this article is that tickets are now on sale, so you should go buy some. You may well have got an email from the CSA or from TFC about this but we're currently in 'pre-sale' mode, until Thursday July 3rd, midnight.
Click here, enter the code 'Canada' and get your choice of seats (but not the South End) from $23.75 up to $84.00. Tickets in 112 are being handled directly through the Red Patch Boys, the rest of the South End are available through the Voyageurs website (please heed the warnings about what type of experience to expect in certain sections).
The North stand is also unavailable in the first link, which leads me to think the CSA is trying to have that be an away section, which is a good idea that's worked in the past.
The last time Jamaica were here, back in 2008, there was a large crowd, and though it was mainly Canadian supporting, there was definitely a sizable Jamaican contingent, and given the local Jamaican population, I'd say there's a good chance of that happening again.
If you are going to the game to support Jamaica, then hey, all power to you, a good 'away' crowd helps with the atmosphere, and I'm sure the CSA will gladly take your money.
If you're inclined to cheer for Canada, well we're probably going to need all the help we can get to ensure that there is a 'home' crowd feeling to it so even if, heck especially if, you haven't been to a Canada game before, come on out and see what it's all about. The 2014 World Cup cycle is very close to being done. Though it holds no actual importance, this game can be seen as the start of the 2018 World Cup cycle. Why not enjoy 4 years of it instead of just 4 weeks?