Teams: Toronto FC, Fiorentina, Barça
The match was interesting, but very one-sided. The outcome was never in doubt.
I only wish they could have dispensed with the cult of personality.
No, I'm not referring to President-for-life Kim Jong Il of North Korea. I'm talking about Mia Hamm.
ABC television, the official host broadcaster, took the opportunity at every stoppage of play to zoom in with the Mia-cam on Hamm, sitting on the team bench, to show her reactions to the play on the field. They even gave us lingering close-ups of her fiancé in the crowd (some pro baseball player).
The ABC announcers breathlessly reassured the anxious home fans at least three times in the first two minutes of the second half that their supreme goddess Mia Hamm was expected to come on as a sub sometime during the match.
Due, I'm sure, to some horrible mixup on the part of April Heinrichs, Hamm never made it into the game.