The Canadian women's soccer coach said he got "really close" to the trophy at the tournament draw in Gatineau, Que., in December but stopped short of handling it.
"Apparently it's a curse to touch it," the 39-year-old English coach said Friday.
"But we'll touch it in B.C. Place, eh?" he added with a grin. "That's the plan. We lift it. And the U.S.A. will be there with us. We'll be carrying it around there. That's the goal."
Canadians will have a chance to see the 47-centimetre trophy ahead of this summer's World Cup on home turf when it travels the country on a two-month, 12-city tour starting April 1 in Ottawa.
The tour, sponsored by Coca-Cola, will see subsequent stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, Kingston, Ont., Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary before wrapping up May 29-31 in Vancouver.
The showcase will offer fans a chance to go up against a robot goalie, record a cheer for their favourite team and have their photo taken with the trophy, among other things.
Only four countries have claimed the 4.6-kilogram trophy: the U.S. and Germany (who have both won it twice), Norway and Japan.
The Americans are the only team to have won it on home soil — in 1999. Canada's best finish was fourth in 2003, which was also held in the U.S.
The Canadian women, currently ranked ninth in the world, open the tournament June 6 in Edmonton against No. 13 China.
The 24-team tournament wraps up July 5 with the final in Vancouver.
For more information on the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy Tour, visit http://trophytour.coca-cola.ca/
FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour
1 and 3-4: Ottawa
15: Quebec City
28: Kingston, Ont
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