Summary provided by Brian Craig:
Hello Soccer fans...tuning in coast to coast. Tonight's broadcast comes to you from the ash-sooten Netherlands where we are reporting on this evening's battle from Utrecht. We bring you post-live coverage of the match between South West United 96 FC and the C-1 USV Elinkwijk club. This was a gritty, scrappy challenge for the boys from Calgary, but they rose to the occasion and they matched the physical force of their Dutch assailants.
The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but the game within the game offers a different narrative. This game featured 3x30 minute thirds (or as Roger likes to say "3 halves") to the game which breaks tradition from two 40-45 minute halves. [This has been proposed to us by two teams - and I am growing more skeptical as the home team also enjoys the favour of the prevailing winds which blow with intensity.] What the Utrecht boys lacked in talent they more than compensated in physical force. Our guys didn't initially know how to react, but they emboldened a physical response that also featured some of their best individual efforts as several boys managed to fight their way behind their defense. We fired balls past the post, we whistled shots past the crossbar; our kids threw everything at this team that they could muster. We bled, we limped off, we cursed. But our boys rose to the physical challenge unlike anything we have witnessed before. It was a game that we deserved to win, but as Fauzia said it wasn't in the stars for our boys to win this game tonight. The significance of this game was not in the score, but in how we prevailed over the battle. It was an effort from 17 boys who all demonstrated they were prepared to take this challenger on with whatever was required.
As we rejoiced the boy's effort we turned our interest to the newsire to get the latest updates on the status of the airspace - which has been closed since last week. The prognosis has improved and we are optimistic that we might able to return these young men home to their families on Wednesday. These boys are enjoying a trip of a lifetime, but they are ready to return home. It looks like we might just be able to board our lane on Wednesday....we'll know better on Tuesday.