I have always wanted to see a soccer match with our men’s and women’s teams play together.
Finally! My dream came true.
This match was a fundraiser for children in Ukraine. It was on a Wednesday night and I went back and forth about attending and decided not to.
Except when we were at the match on Saturday I changed my mind and planned to only go to the first half and then hop the bus home.
When Bob heard I planned to attend he wanted to go too so he met me downtown. I’m glad I didn’t leave early.
Tickets were free but a suggested $10 donation. Attendance was over 16,000. Lots of kids. I would say the women’s team fans outnumbered the men’s team fans. During the match they announced they’d raised over $400K but later I saw it was over $500k.
The ref was from Ukraine — first time in history I saw a ref get a standing ovation at the park. hehe.
The players looked like they were having so much fun. They were competitive but also goofing off. They rotated players about every 15 minutes to get everyone in there. (60 minute match). At the end all the players were on the field. Everyone wanted to score — no one helped the goalkeeper.
It was a really fun event. So happy we went.