Dear Canadian National Team,
I was 12 when I fell in love with this team, and I recently fulfilled a dream that seemed impossible to most of us Canadians.
My name is Aaron Hooper from Ottawa, Canada, and I’ve been supporting Canada’s men’s and women’s national teams programs since 2006. Let me say, as a kid who fell in love with Canadian football, this wasn’t an easy time. All Canadian fans, and I’m sure some of your players (because we’re the same age), remember how back then Canada didn’t have professional soccer teams – there were hints about a Toronto soccer team being formed the following year in 2007, but even that Then that was a big enough deal.
Being a Canadian football fan back then in our country, especially in middle school, wasn’t a “cool” thing. We often made fun of the hockey brothers in middle school and early high school, begged people to train and play with you, and dreamed that one day football could even achieve inch out of popularity or simply to get some respect.
I remember being with my mates in high school, at 6:30 in the morning for practice, or on the field after school playing a round of the World Cup saying “Man, imagine Canada playing in the World Cup… That would be something… I wish I could be a part.” From this team…” But I always end that conversation with “But who knows when that will happen… maybe when we have grandchildren.”
But for some reason in my heart, I believed. I had thought, in my lifetime, that the Canadian men’s team would make it to the World Cup.
Since losing 8-1 to Honduras two tournaments ago, we thought that day might not happen until 2026 when Canada will co-host the World Cup. But let me tell you, it exceeded all of our wildest dreams. Made all of Canada believe. Make every lifelong supporter and wearer of this Canadian kit proud. It made dreams come true and made many new dreams come true for all those young fans who dream of playing professionally and now they will also dream of playing in the World Cup. But this time not for their parents’ country of birth, but to play for us king The national team and the ability to see the path and dream of playing in the big leagues in Europe is a tangible reality, to play alongside Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Milan Borgan and Atiba Hutchinson.
To have this national team in the World Cup is already dream enough, and even getting to the round of 16 would be a fantasy, I know you boys and John Herdman (who needs to get a statue) have your eyes set on even further. that. The blessing we have on our own is that there is no expectation, no pressure, and no fear.
You guys show no fear on the field and it shows against every opponent, I knew it the moment I went out against the USA, Mexico and Honduras in the qualifiers. You made us all believe.
Since you were 12 years old and falling in love with Canadian football and believing in our country’s potential but being branded crazy, now to see where that is really is surreal.
For all who cried tears of joy and discouragement, crushed, I dreamed In this moment, believe when others say it is impossible, and have faith: enjoy the dream.
I’m sure you already know this but fear not, just take it one game at a time. And continue to change the culture of Canadian football, and continue to make the future brighter than the past.