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First Game - Live

To Reims for the first USA match

semi-overcast 50 °F
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We grabbed some very nice pastries and sandwiches from the corner shop again, slugged down the spiral staircase to a very busy and alive Lille - one that we did not recognize :) We decided to make the 3/8 mile walk to the main metro station rather than the metro switch. Phil and Kate hiked the extra 3/8 miles to avoid the metro all together. With the help of another attendant, the metro was simple this time - only single gates and you just have to enter the number of riders...

The train to Reims was via Paris (with a station switch). We venture from Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est above ground which was fine, but the metro probably would have been good as well. At the switch at Paris, we can tell that we are headed for the USA game - loads of English speaking people in USA garb... finally - a game day.

When we arrive in Reims we are a bit unsure the best way to get to the hotel (there wasn't any online info about there public transport - but there seemed to be a tram as well as buses). After some of the more arduous traveling, we opted for Taxis instead - which was very reasonably priced. I think we all liked being at a "regular" hotel despited not wanting to admit it - especially the elevators. Since the game wasn't until 9pm, we headed into town to see a bit and get oriented. Reims is the "champagne" capital, so of course, we had to partake. And our dinner was very good as well..

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Phil spotted a familar, unexpected face at one of the pubs we dropped in at. Of course, the funniest thing about him getting two photos with Hope Solo was that he had to go back a second time - because he didn't like the way he looked in the first selfie...

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The stadium was a short walk from our hotel and it was good to see all the USA support. There was some major disappointment at the concession stand when we discovered they were only selling non-alcoholic beer in the stadium. The conspiracy theories abound... such as not wanting to make money at the Women's game, testing out the "dry" market for the Qatar games, etc. We had 2 groups of three for this game, and we had great seats - although the stadium was laid out nicely and there really wasn't a bad seat in the house...

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I'm sure you already know the result by now - but 13 ! - holy cow!!! Long before I heard it from anyone else, Phil said "That's more goals then he has seen by the the USA in all the men's teams that I have been to collectively" (which is no small number of games).

Posted by M6-Greg 00:52 Archived in France

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