Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Lot Of Fun, A Little Rain

Thanks to Rob's father being out of town on business I managed to snag a ticket to the USA v. El Salvador Gold Cup match tonight. Actually, it was a double header, with the second match being Trinidad & Tobago v. Guatemala, but when the rain started to come down hard just as the USA crushed El Salvador 4 to 0 we decided it was time to call it a night.

This was the first time I'd actually been to a professional soccer match, and I've got to say it was quite a bit more fun than I'd expected. The game is fun to watch, there's practically no down time, and the fans are totally insane, way more into it than any sporting event I've ever been to.

I'm going to have to look into seeing some MLS games later this summer, I mean if they're even half as fun as this was they're totally worth it, with the added bonus that you can actually get tickets, unlike some other professional sports we've got around here...


  1. I envy you! It was a great game; several of the young US players are really showing much improved technical passing skills, which really leads to a dynamic, free-flowing game that is fun to watch.

  2. Soccer is the World's game, and although the USA is late to the party it is establishing itself here permanently. As a transplant from the UK I have seen interest in the game grow exponentially. Each big tournament seems to bring more and more converts to the sport. I think the best way to enjoy it is to pick a team to follow and make it your team. The highs and lows that follow can be a rollercoaster ride of emotion - enjoyment and even grief. There is no other sport like it.

  3. To be fair, the international matches are always going to be wilder, in terms of the crowd, at least until the late season when it starts getting cold. It's fair to say that i've been to Revs games where people are standing and yelling for most of the game and the place is full (insofar as the open parts of the stadium are concerned), and that's awesome. There are still rainy weekday night games on school nights that are pretty unfortunate-looking. Even then, though, the quality of play is pretty darn good these days, and there's always the nutjobs in the fort making a racket.
    And as for picking a team (you don't necessarily have to have a reason) and following it, even if your team does poorly (sniffs the bereaved Charlton fan), it's a lot more fun that way.