U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife are expected to attend the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday.
Tighter security can be expected at BC Place, as President Obama dispatches a delegation to support the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team against Japan. The delegation will include:
- Vice-President Joe Biden
- Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden
- United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman
- Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan
- Three-time U.S. men’s World Cup player Cobi Jones
- Former U.S. Women’s National Team Player Mia Hamm
“Team USA has inspired millions around the globe — especially girls and other young athletes who know that the power of sports can change lives,” Biden said in a statement. “The team is a source of pride and unity, and we can’t wait to see them represent the United States on the world stage. Let’s cheer the team on and bring the World Cup trophy home.”
Biden was also in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and attended the Opening Ceremony and several sporting events.
Although Canada was knocked out in the quarter-finals by England, the hype is up for tournament’s final match, which will begin at 4 p.m. local time.
Current FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he will not be attending final match in Vancouver, due to “current commitments in Zurich.” Blatter is likely avoiding a trip to North America in spite of the ongoing investigations into the soccer organization.