It was a big day for Canadian hockey fans Friday – even ones who play soccer.
That was especially true for MLS’ Canadian teams, with all three taking to social media to show support for their countrymen after their 1-0 victory over the United States in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia.
Toronto FC’s fellow Canadian national teamers Dwayne De Rosario, Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan and assistant coach and former player Jim Brennan were captured on video taking time out of their preseason preparations in Orlando, Fla., where they are competing in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, to take in the game.
And they were apparently quite into it.
The Montreal Impact, also in Orlando, tweeted a photo of a very captivated bunch taking in the action from their team lunchroom.
And the Vancouver Whitecaps, in Portland for the Rose City Invitational, posted a video their Instagram account of their postgame celebration from the team bus.
They’ll surely once again be taking in the action as much as possible Sunday morning when Canada takes on Sweden in the gold medal game.
The vanquished Americans, of which Portland Timbers midfielder Ben Zemanski is apparently a fan as a former hockey player himself from his days growing up in Pittsburgh, will be relegated to rooting their boys on in the bronze medal game Saturday morning against Finland.
Zemanski took to the ice Thursday with a pair of player from the Portland Winterhawks, the city’s Western Hockey League team, to show his Olympic spirit and his skills – and get a few tips.