Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Closest Thing to the World Cup

Yesterday morning, I soon discovered that the U.S. Women's National Soccer team were playing Sweden in Morrison Stadium (Creighton campus) in Omaha, Nebraska. Wow! This kind of thing never happens in our backyard, so I quickly booked three tickets to go. When I told Madison about our luck she thought I was kidding.

You see taking Madison to a U.S. women's soccer game, like this one, is much better than....

a Justin Bieber concert,

a Miley Cirus concert,

or getting a whole new wardrobe.

Just look at her excitement on our way to the game. I figured this mini trip for Madison is similar to the one we gave to Grant last summer. Now Tyler is asking when he's getting to see his Indianapolis Colts play in person. I told him as soon as they play in Nebraska. That comment was received with a huge sigh and eye roll.
Apparently, Morrison Stadium was built in 2003 and is one of the nicer soccer stadiums in the country. This explains why they chose the midwest for this game. Team U.S.A's next match against Sweden will be somewhere in Connecticut on Saturday.
The stadium was at it's all time capacity, which I have already forgotten. Unfortunately, we didn't get there in time for a great seat (actually no seat at all), so we stood for the entire game.

The photo below is the kick-off. This is nothing like elementary soccer, I tell you. I didn't realize how many players were on the field at one time. You can hear their conversations on the field too, which Andy thinks is just like baseball. I disagree. I think it's kind of weird.
Madison said she's too busy to take any pictures when she's watching the game.
Believe it or not, there were some of those annoying Vuvuzelas that were like the ones blown at the World Cup. Thankfully, there were only a handful in the stadium. I can not imagine a sea of noisy Vuvuzelas.

Do you see the blue one being blown close by me?
Madison's soccer jersey number is #18, so we had to purchase Hope Solo's #18 jersey when we saw it. We thought it was especially cool that both Hope and Madison play goalkeeper.
The game ended with a tie, which kind of seemed disappointing at the time. Not too much excitement, but I can add this to my 40 x 40 project. The only goal for the U.S. was made by Amy Rodriguez. Awesome name!
This night made for a wonderful one for our #1 soccer playing daughter. She had some nice quality time with her parents and time away from her brothers. "Score!"


Mamma has spoken said...

No overtime to break the tie? Bummer! But that is an awesome thing to do with the girl and no boys. I'm sure she will remember this day for a long time.

Cheeseboy said...

My kind of gal. Sports over Bieber should be the new motto of our youth.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Madison! It was her night to have fun and by the pics I think she did.

Trisha and Jim said...

She looks so grown up. I just can't believe it. Looks like it was a fun evening.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Amy, you are such a fun mom. I would never go to something like that just on the spur of the moment. Such fun!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

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It looks like your daughter had a fantastic time at the soccer game. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Looks like it was a fun time!! Anytime you get to spend one on one with kiddo is always a great time!

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Jason, as himself said...

Time with the parents, away from the brothers. So crucial!