Woke up in beautiful British Columbia this morning for the USWNT vs Nigeria World Cup match. We’re crashing in a basement apartment in Dunbar rented by my sister- and brother-in-law. Katy is going to gradate school in Vancouver and Matt is a helluva blogger himself.
Fun Travel Aside: India Bistro serves some of the very best Indian Food on the West Coast. When I first moved to Seattle from California, my then-girlfriend took me to the restaurant, Ballard location, under quite a cloud of hype. I was skeptical having just left the cradle of some superlative subcontinental fare. Let me just say that I shut my mouth wide open. They eventually catered the food at our wedding, which was a smash exotic hit to some of my uncles from Philadelphia who were shocked, SHOCKED, to discover weddings where menus dominated by filet mignon and pasta weren’t strictly enforced.
My wife and I moved over to Maple Leaf two years ago. Now we regularly visit the India Bistro in Roosevelt, which is also superlative. There is one more India Bistro, and it is in Vancouver, BC. Having already covered the small chain both west and east of Aurora, we have big plans. Today after the game, we’re gonna hit for the India Bistro cycle! Pakora, pakora, pakora.
Go to Indian Bistro in Ballard and treat yourself. Get some pakora and saag paneer and eggplant bharta and malai kofta say hi to the owner, Mike, he’s a helluva guy.
Back to soccer: today’s game is the US’s finale in Group D and it should be a doozy.
Bold Prediction: It goes without saying, but both teams have much to play for. Nigeria has always performed well at the Women’s World Cup, but has little success to show for it. They still have a very real chance of advancing to the knockout round with a favorable result today. Nigeria also can play loose, as they really have nothing to lose. All the pressure will be on the USA.
The USWNT is on a mission to win that elusive World Cup. With all the Olympic success, it is hard to believe that we haven’t won the Cup in 16 years. All US supporters are still waiting for the “no worries” performance of this Cup, the one where the team reminds us how great they are. Through two games, all we have are questions and doubts. I don’t see that changing today.
We look shaky and Nigeria capitalizes through the quicksilver, technical attack. But the African champions just aren’t good enough defensively, especially on set pieces, to slow down Rapinoe and Morgan (who plays significant minutes): 3-2 USA.