So, I bought a £10 Olympic shirt and a £2 USA flag at the mall on Sunday and was all set.
So, with Jay's planning (tickets, parking, driving, etc.), we were off to the Olympics. But, wait, aren't they in London? Though most events are in or near London, the football (soccer) is spread all over. This semi-final was in Manchester, about 90 or so minutes away from Derby. So, another plus was getting to see the famed Old Trafford Stadium, home to Manchester United. It probably would have been better to be closer to the rest of the Olympics to get the vibe, etc. but this was a nice consolation!
Funny moment on the way up: Jay had to guess at the Sat Nav (GPS) code as it wasn't posted on the web site. Signage for the park-n-ride was lacking so we were driving around looking for it. We finally pulled over, called and got the coordinates (close) and we then utterly confused the Sat Nav in the next roundabout. It basically "Chevy Chased" us around (2nd right, reset, 2nd right, reset). After a few illegals maneuvers and sore ribs from laughing we finally made it out. Hey, look, Big Ben!
Note: it's a real shame, especially when you are 2 hours early, that the Brits have been such hooligans over the years. You can't take your beer from concessions INTO THE STADIUM. Another one or two would have hit the spot while we were waiting.
Which set up this Amy Wambach penalty kick to tie.
The match went into extra (over) time and was down to the last minute. It was looking like penalty kicks were going to decide it when Alex Morgan scored on a header. Wow! What a finish. I almost felt bad for the Canadian fans, particular the 2 fanatics sitting in front of us (complete with felt hockey helmets--no photo, sorry). That was the ultimate stomach punch game for them.
Here's the team coming over to wave to the crowd after the crazy win.
Thanks to Jay for setting this up. It was a great night (though we got back kinda late) and the logistics went extremely well. Glad to say I watched this match AND attended the London 2012 Olympics . . . . in Manchester.
Not sure this will work in the US (someone let me know), but a nice set of highlights are here.
See Jay's post for another view and likely better photos here.
No post next week as we are off on another adventure. Stay tuned.