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Copa America: Canadian fan shares experience in the stands against Argentina

Copa America: Canadian fan shares experience in the stands against Argentina
Copa America: Canadian fan shares experience in the stands against Argentina

Canada faced one of the biggest soccer tests on the national stage on Tuesday night when it took on world champions Argentina in the semi-finals of the 2024 Copa America.

Although the final score was not in Canada’s favour (Argentina won 2-0 to secure a place in the final), a large crowd turned out to support the team, including one fan, originally from Winnipeg, who created an atmosphere she described as “electric.”

Jennifer Lee was in New Jersey for the big game, along with over 80,000 other fans. Despite the loss, she was proud of Canada’s efforts during the tournament.

“I’m not devastated,” she told CTV News. “I mean, let’s be honest, we didn’t expect them to make it this far, so the fact that they did was just amazing.

“I’m just so proud of them and I think it’s finally going to put soccer on the map in Canada, just like it’s doing all over the world.”

Lee was in a section of MetLife Stadium filled almost entirely with Argentine fans.

“They completely drowned me out, but I was screaming at the top of my lungs for Canada,” she said.

“The atmosphere was electric. Seeing (Lionel) Messi play, seeing him score a goal in what might be his last Copa America, it was just fun and amazing to be there.”

When Messi scored, Lee said the stadium was so noisy you couldn’t hear the announcers.

Lee has been a soccer fan since 2002 and said she never expected Canada to reach this competitive level so quickly.

“I can’t wait to see what Canada does next,” she said.

Canada will play the loser of Wednesday’s match between Colombia and Uruguay for third place on Saturday. Lee said she will watch the match in Boston at a pub.


-With files from CTV’s Maralee Caruso