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Dutch Team celebrates 4th of July - Schaumburg/Chicago - Friday, July 4, 2014
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'The Fourth of July' always is a very special day in the United States of America. And that of course also is the case here in Chicago.

Early in the afternoon, the team left towards the 'Windy City', where there was no wind, but comfortable warm.

While it was expected that more than 1,000 visitors would travel to Chicago, the journey went without problems and so, both drivers could drop off the team and staff at Millenium Park. After walking around in the ciry for a few hours, we ensembled at one of the oldest restaurant at the 'Loop": Millers Pub. Just in time to see Brazil eliminate Colombia in the World Championship Soccer.

After dinner, we made a touristic walk through Chicago which ended at Navy Pier, where we had planned to watch the fireworks. Planned, because while we were there early, the police had decided that the maximum capacity was reached and we weren't allowed on the Pier. What to do now? After some advice from the same police officers, we decided to walk back a little and find a spot there. That proofed to be a good plan and we watched the fireworks from there.

Around 10 PM, we walked back to our vans. With this, the condition of the team was kept intact. Around 11:30 PM, everyone went to bed.

Tomorrow (Saturday), it will finally start and three games are then being played at the tournament in Elgin. The girls are ready for it. Wisconsin Lightning, here we come!

The team play its first game at 12 PM vs. Wisconsin Lightning, followed by a match-up vs. Pekin Lettes at 2 PM. The day ends with a game a 8 PM against Hooters.

(photos made by Joanne Schuler)

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