Faces of Soccer: Canada – a letter to the nationwide workforce

Faces of Football: Canada - a letter to the national team

Pricey Canadian nationwide workforce,

I used to be 12 years outdated once I fell in love with this workforce, and just lately you fulfilled a dream that for many of us Canadians appeared not possible. 

My identify is Aaron Hooper from Ottawa, Canada, and I’ve been supporting the Canadian Males’s and Girls’s nationwide groups’ packages since 2006. Let me say, as a child who fell in love with Canadian soccer, it was not a simple time. All Canadian followers, and I am certain a few of your gamers (as we’re an identical age), keep in mind how on the time Canada had no skilled soccer groups – there was inklings of Toronto FC forming the following 12 months in 2007, however even then that was an enormous deal sufficient. 

To be a Canadian soccer fan at the moment in our personal nation, particularly in center faculty, was not a factor that was ‘cool’. We had been usually made enjoyable of by hockey bros in center faculty and early highschool, begging folks to coach and play with you, dreaming that someday soccer might obtain even an inch of recognition or just be given some respect. 

I keep in mind being with teammates in highschool, for six:30am coaching, or on the pitch after faculty enjoying a spherical of World Cup saying ‘man, think about Canada enjoying in a World Cup…that might be one thing…I hope I could possibly be a part of that workforce…’ however at all times ending that dialog with ‘however who is aware of when that can occur…most likely when we have now grandkids’. 

However for some purpose in my coronary heart of hearts, I believed. I believed that, in my lifetime, Canada’s males’s workforce would make it to the World Cup. 

From the 8-1 loss to Honduras a pair cycles in the past we thought that this present day could not occur till 2026 when Canada collectively hosts the World Cup. However let me let you know, you could have surpassed all of our goals. Made all of Canada imagine. Made each lifelong supporter and each earlier wearer of that Canada equipment proud. You have got made goals right into a actuality and made many new goals for all these younger followers who dream of enjoying professionally and now may even dream of enjoying in a World Cup. However this time not for his or her dad and mom nation of beginning, however enjoying for our personal nationwide workforce and truly with the ability to see a pathway and dreaming of enjoying within the prime leagues in Europe a tangible actuality, to play alongside and be like Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Milan Borjan, and Atiba Hutchinson. 

To have this nationwide workforce within the World Cup is already a dream sufficient, and even attending to the spherical of 16 could be surreal, and I do know that you just boys and John Herdman (who must get a statue) have your eyes set past even that. The blessing we have now in our favour is there isn’t a expectation, no stress and no concern. 

You guys present no concern on the pitch and it’s evident in opposition to each opponent, I knew this the minute you balled out in opposition to USA, Mexico and Honduras within the qualifiers. You have got made us all imagine.

From being 12 years outdated and falling in love with Canadian soccer and believing in our nation’s potential however being known as loopy, and now to see the place that is really surreal. 

For all of us who’ve cried tears of happiness and frustration, grinded, dreamed of this second, believed when others mentioned it was not possible, and had religion: benefit from the dream. 

I am certain you already know this however don’t have any concern, and simply take it one recreation at a time. And proceed to remodel Canadian soccer tradition, and proceed to make the long run brighter than the previous. 

Allez Canada!

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