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Barack Obama appears on the TV - in a shocking revelation he reveals he wants USA to win.
The Guardian’s Les Carpenter is in Vancouver (yeah, we sent two people - it’s only every four years) and has a report on the atmosphere outside the ground:
Unlike many stadiums BC Place does not have large plazas or big meeting places. The crowd, which is almost entirely for the US, arrived early and clogged the few open areas outside the gates wearing all kinds of red, white and blue costumes. Lots of Captain America and lots of Wonder Woman. About an hour and a half before the game, the American Outlaws arrived. There were hundreds of them marching down Robson St toward the stadium. They sang and chanted and waved flags. The word is definitely festive. It’s not angry, belligerent or testy. Just very, very festive. Like a big party.