WNT Jan 19, 2011
The U.S. staff got its first look at the game venue, the Yongchuan Sports Centre, which seats 28,000. The playing surface looks in good shape and the organizers are hoping for anywhere from 10,000 fans for the non-China games to 20,000 for the China matches. Canada played China at this venue in April of 2010 and there were 22,000 fans in attendance. China won that game, 2-0. As you can see, if you live in one of those high-rises next to the stadium, you'll have some pretty good seats for the matches. Well, at least they'll be free. The USA has played many matches in China over the years, but January 21 vs. Sweden will be the U.S. team's first ever game in Chongqing here in central China. While the city has a long history (as most Chinese cities do in this ancient culture) Chongqing is not what you would call a tourist destination and here in the suburb of Yongchuan very few residents speak any English. One of the main signs that very few Americans come this way? Believe it or not, we've yet to see a McDonald's.