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OH YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!


SHOULD HAVE BEEN GOLD OR SILVER


BUT WE DID IT!!!!


Diana Matheson scores in final minute of extra time vs France:

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WELL DONE, LADIES. YOU SHOWED HEART AND DETERMINATION AND YOU DID IT!♥
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My NEW Favourite Teams



I always like to feel good. I hate that feeling of being down when it comes to my teams' losses. I always like to have a lot of teams around me. I don't know - my feeling has always been that if I had only ONE team and they lost and made me feel bad, then I would have no other teams I could watch that might be able to cheer me up. Therefore I have always watched a lot of matches from a lot of different leagues with a view to finding teams that interest me and are fun to watch and get involved with.

And this year, at season's end for most leagues, I've decided that I am no longer going to cheer for the biggest teams. In the beginning I think I, like most people, got sucked in to thinking I had to get behind teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United because they were the ones I could see the most on TV. Or Barcelona. Or Liverpool, or Chelsea. AC Milan. Etc., etc. But once I got Pay TV and discovered streaming, there was no excuse NOT to follow other, 'lesser' teams. And once I got started doing that, what did I discover? That these teams are much more fun to follow. Their players are not the big headed 'superstars' that the BIG teams seem to swallow up like so many jelly beans until some of the disappear into what seem like black holes, never to be seen again.

It seems that these superstars are usually too 'professional' for me to like them very much. It's like they are playing only for the money and the stardom, to see how many goals they can rack up in a season, as if that is the only reason they are playing, certainly not for the team that hired them. They tend to change teams a lot as well, maybe because it's a way of staving off boredom. I don't know. To each his own, I guess. I am not knocking these teams or players, but just writing about what's interesting for me and what isn't.

So, okay. The teams I REALLY, really like based on what I've seen during the past season, are:


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EDIT: I forgot to mention CONCACAF! I love the Mexico NT with all my heart, and I like Costa Rica. I also like the Venezuela NT. Forgot to mention them as well. ;)
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CONCACAF OLYMPICS 2012 QUALIFYING

Well, it's over. Done and dusted. Canada didn't make it. Of course, that was a given considering that our boys had to play the formidable Mexico in the semi-finals. However, we did a GREAT job and the game ended 3 - 1. We created several chances but the ball didn't want to go in the net, and we made a couple of defensive errors that resulted in at least one Mexican goal. Oh, well. Our boys proved that they are a fantastic team, and although it was an Under-23 team, most of the players were 21, with some 18 and 19 year olds in the mix. One player, Bryce Alderson, just turned 18 in February.

So Mexico and Honduras, being the two finalists, will be going to London in the summer as representatives of North and Central America. Good luck to them.

In the final, Mexico beat Honduras 2 - 1. It didn't mean anything, but the result seems fitting.

Of course, I have pictures:

Mexico with the tournament trophy:

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CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

Of the teams who qualified for the group stage, there are 8 competing for 2 spots in the Summer Olympics Football Tournament. Yesterday Canada defeated the USA to go second in Group A, with one final match to be played in the group stage. The standings are as follows:

Group A
El Salvador
Canada
USA
Cuba

Group B
Mexico
Honduras
Panama
Trinidad & Tobago


From Canada vs USA (Canada is in red but the goalkeeper is wearing blue - the USA is in white)

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I just MISS THEM like this. SO MUCH. Remember all this?

A sampler from my trip down memory lane...



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