This year's Women's World Cup is in Canada with games in Montreal, Moncton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver and ... Ottawa. The semis and finals are elsewhere, but one of the quarterfinals would be in Ottawa, so when I was choosing to buy tickets, I went with the quarters rather than the round that is playing today/yesterday/tomorrow. I figured with four games, the chances of getting US or Canada would be pretty good.
And thanks to tonight's effort, I get to go the game with a relative and friends to see USA vs China: to determine whether the declining hegemon or the rising power have what it takes to go further.
The rest of the games also have fun IR implications:
- England vs Canada: see who gets to wear the Crown and gets to keep the corgis for four years!
- German vs. France: obviously, WWI, WWII and a bunch of other conflicts. I only wish that they could join together to play Greece.
- Australia vs. Netherlands: partners in Uruzgan, combatants in Canada OR
- Australia vs. Japan: WWII Redux.
USA! USA!! USA!!!