Another Successful All Nations Cup to Become a
By Megan Clark
Posted August 4, 2007
Two teams from the All Nations Cup remained at the top on
July 29. Brazil and Russia met at Memorial Stadium with
their cleats laced up and their shin guards secured; they
were ready to play. After 90 minutes and a few red cards
later, Brazil came out victorious over last year’s
champions, 4-1. It was just the icing on the cake for the
All Nations Cup 2007; a smooth finish to a great festival
and intense soccer tournament.
It all started on July 13 when over 40 teams gathered for
the opening ceremony. Two weeks later, the All Nations Cup
proved itself by giving the community an entertaining place
to gather with friends, eat great food, and watch
competitive soccer. The festival aspect only enhanced the
experience of going to watch the soccer matches. For the
first time this year fans and community members were treated
with the opportunity to view an art exhibit, which included
work from the Northwest that represented several nations.
People were also able to listen to musical influences from
around the world as they strolled in between the four fields
of play, while savoring the delicious food that was offered.
Another highlighted feature of the festival was the theater
piece, “Women Can’t Play”, which showed the role of women in
soccer in various countries.
Overall this year’s Cup was a success. It combined cultures
from around the world, giving rise to an enjoyable
atmosphere. The All Nations Cup director, Jessica Breznau,
isn’t entirely sure about the direction for next year. “We
are still getting feedback from managers and fans about this
year's All Nations Cup … We are still so overwhelmed with
the enormity of this year's event,” said Breznau.
Although by looking at how much the All Nations Cup has
grown in just five years, it’s certainly on the way to
becoming a Northwest tradition.
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