On Saturday afternoon, Dave, Jamie, and I went to Giants Stadium to see the NY Red Bulls play the Houston Dynamo (two time defending champs). It was the first game of a home and home playoff series.
I've been wanting to go see professional soccer in the U.S. for awhile now. I kept meaning to go see D.C. United but never got around to it. So the Red Bulls would have to do. 11,000 fans don't exactly fill Giants Stadium.
There was almost a fight!
The few Houston fans in attendance were quite boisterous.
I liked the chanting of the Red Bulls cheering section. The fans in the stadium were into the game but everything was a bit tepid. You just can't generate excitement in such a large venue.
Yes, they will have a new soccer only stadium next season but I doubt I'll get there much. The Meadowlands? Screw that. Why isn't there a team in Queens? Is it because the league wants more suburbanites than immigrants to come out? Or is it simply the difficulty of acquiring land in the city? Hell, if the team played in Queens, I would almost definitely go to at least 2-3 games a year. And Alex J has already named the team - the Queens Express. Apparently, this still might happen.
As far as professional soccer games I've attended, this one was much better. Maybe I'm just more of a Suwon Blue Wings fan than a NY Red Bulls fan.
One thing I can say though is that it was fun to actually get to a soccer game. Maybe this will be the year that I actually go to my first NHL game since the 80's. I'm pretty sure the last hockey game I attended was with the Jewish youth group that I belonged to in 8th grade. On the way back, we all stopped for some Slurpees and I was abandoned there with a friend. Stone Groove was not too pleased that he had to come pick us up at midnight. Don't ever rouse a sleeping Stone Groove.
The last NBA game I went to featured a Four Tops (or was it the Temptations?) post game concert.
Oh yeah, the game ended in a scintillating 1-1 tie.
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