And tonight, of course, the national team plays the United States in the Gold Cup semifinals. "Perhaps the country won't be holding its collective breath at the outcome," Brunt says, but at least the
Canadian national team "is starting to show signs of life." South Africa 2010 -- why not?
In any event, it looks like soccer has beaten the naysayers in Canada: Toronto FC has drawn well in excess of the 10,000 fans many said it would be lucky to get, the stadium -- the beautiful BMO Field -- has not and will not become a white elephant, the U-20 tournament will not be a resounding failure (it already figures to be a resounding success) and finally, David Beckham, it turns out, is not washed up, anyway.