Women's World Cup 2003
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Even though the Women's World Cup was held in the U.S. in 1999, due to the SARS epidemic, FIFA had to pull out of China at the last minute in 2003, so it came right back to the U.S. in a contingency plan. So a couple of friends and I decided to fly over to Portland, Oregon to watch quarterfinal and semifinal matches. It was a good excuse to explore the Great Northwest as well.
Upon arrival we headed over Washington Park and the Rose Garden. Portland is affectionately known as "the City or Roses" and beautiful gardens can be found everywhere even downtown. Portland is one of the cleanest, "outdoorsy", and environmentally conscious cities you will find. It is also a haven for runaways and is very homeless tolerant, which isn't necessarily a good thing depending on your point of view.
We then headed to our two quarterfinal games at PGE Park. First, Germany, the eventually champions, absolutely destroyed Russia 7 to 1 with stellar Birgit Prinz leading the way with 2 goals. A funny thing happened in this game ... two women streaked completely nude with a banner that read "adidas kills kangaroos". Then in the second game, Canada surprised China 1 to 0 on a goal from speedy Charmaine Hooper. We were sitting in the Chinese section, which was alive with beating drums and dancing dragons.