USA @ Mexico: June 11

Discussion in 'USA Men: Fans & Travel' started by gveli001, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. gveli001

    gveli001 Member

    LA Galaxy
    Jul 9, 2009
    Fullerton
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  2. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    i'm in. hotel/flights booked.
     
  4. gveli001

    gveli001 Member

    LA Galaxy
    Jul 9, 2009
    Fullerton
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I book my flight in last night. Waiting for kickoff time to be announced, and see if I can head back Sunday night after the game or go back Monday.
     
  5. hmason

    hmason New Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Im super bummed I cant make this game, The trip to DF last cycle was the best.
     
  6. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    saw somewhere that the game might be played at night (or late afternoon), as a compromised by the feds that allows the game to be moved up 2 days. fyi.
     
  7. UnitedBorn

    UnitedBorn Member+

    Dec 7, 2015
    301
    Club:
    DC United
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    United States
    #7 UnitedBorn, Mar 17, 2017
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    Flight & hotel booked for first away WCQ.
     
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  8. aimorris

    aimorris Member

    May 2, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Flight and hotel booked about three months ago. Have a good feeling about this cycle for some reason...
     
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  9. Hologramrichie

    Hologramrichie New Member

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 29, 2017
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Long time reader of big soccer but decided to get an account again...
    First time heading to DF for this match, what avenues do you all suggest for tickets to the match?
     
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  10. doogiemo

    doogiemo Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    ohh USA, USA USA USA
    If you're a member of the supporter's club, you'll be getting tickets updates from the fed otherwise, watching this thread will clue you in with info on tix sales.

    Last cycle was no problem getting tickets and to this date, it has been the largest traveling group and the section they gave us in the stadium was barely half full so I don't see a problem this cycle either.
     
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  11. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So I'm hearing this game might not be played at Azteca. Just rumors, but this would be a big bummer. Is it safe to buy tickets to D.F. right now?
     
  12. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Join A.O. and enter the lottery (or just by a ticket if there is no lottery).
     
  13. doogiemo

    doogiemo Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    ohh USA, USA USA USA
    I didn't suggest that route because last cycle (IIRC) they only sold tix via their travel package. They even had a "ground only" package for those that didn't need hotel and it still was ridiculously overpriced!!

    No doubt in my mind that you'll score a tix if you keep watching this thread :)
     
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  14. Pseudonym

    Pseudonym Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    For those of you who've gone in the past, do most of the US fans stay at the same hotel and take the same buses to/from the stadium? If so, which group/s organize the hotels and buses? Last thing I want to do is take the Mexico City subway back to my hotel after a 2-0 victory for the Yanks.
     
  15. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    #15 wixson7, Apr 3, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
    the only thing 'organized' will be the AO package. Last time they did a full package (hotel, etc), and a bus-only portion (to/from the game). In that case they all stayed at same hotel, everyone else is on our own.

    The main issue for me has always been: getting out of the stadium from the supporters section. Everyone is escorted out together straight to the AO buses or to paddywagons where they took the straglers to the nearest Metro station. It wasn't dangerous to be honest, just mostly chaotic.
     
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  16. Eddie Stiel

    Eddie Stiel Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    #16 Eddie Stiel, Apr 3, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
    If I go in June, it will be my fourth US/Mex WCQ at Azteca (confirmed?). 2005 alone, 2009 with wife, 2013 with wife and two friends. Each time, I took public transit to and from the stadium. No worries, except that the crowd size back to the light rail after the match can be a bit daunting. Patience, grasshopper. Any tension is directed towards the large organized US supporters group. Once away from that group, you will almost definitely have only positive interactions unless you taunt people.

    The hardest part is breaking free from the US group. In 2005, there was no issue. In 2009, we sneaked through the police line at the bottom of the ramp and headed in the opposite direction to the light rail. Read later about the famous trip to the metro in the police van. In 2013, we walked, under police escort, all the way to the end of the parking lot, where the AO buses were waiting. We ran out of parking lot, came up against the fence and a gate which let us out of the grounds in an unfamiliar area, so I said, "Let's go back the other way." We did that to an uneventful trip back into town on public transit, except for a nice conversation with a Mexican/American guy in Mexico gear who worked for Penny from "The Big Bang Theory".

    Do whatever makes you most comfortable. AO will have a very expensive all inclusive package. Mexico City has accommodations at all price ranges from hostels with bunk beds to 12 star luxury hotels. It is a very manageable city. AO had a ground only package last time, which a poster above reminded was ridiculously expensive.
     
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  17. cossack

    cossack Member

    Loons
    United States
    Mar 5, 2001
    Minneapolis
    Club:
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The FMF page is showing Azteca, fwiw.
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  18. soccer_23

    soccer_23 Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    We're also planning on independently taking the Metro to and from the match, as we did in 2013. The AO bus package was $80, while the subway ride is maybe $3, so it was a no-brainer for us. Like Eddie says, be respectful and friendly (and keep a thick skin / light heart for an occasional taunt), and you won't have any problems. The same rule that applies to every other sporting event. Most people will be far more interested in asking where in the US you came from, what you think of the city, taking pictures with you, etc. I've been harassed far more when wearing a Penguins jersey to hockey playoff games in New York, Philly, and DC than I was that night in my USA jersey.

    Any real hostility is reserved for the main supporter's group, both because of its size and .... umm... "boisterousness". It's important to note you'll be in together with this larger group during the match and for the police-escorted exit from the stadium (link).

    There's the small caveat that obviously none of us have been to a USA qualifier victory at Azteca, which could change things a bit. My guess is in that case, the police would hold the US section in the stadium until most Mexico fans clear out. Honestly though, in my days as a visiting fan across many different sports, I've always seen more hostility after home team victories. If you're really concerned, wear an undershirt and take off your USA jersey/gear after the game (assuming you're not decked out in a stars-and-stripes onesie).
     
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  19. ThreeApples

    ThreeApples Member+

    Jul 28, 1999
    Smurf Village
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No idea how legit this is:

    849060215219781633 is not a valid tweet id
     
  20. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Azteca match ban?
     
  21. doogiemo

    doogiemo Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    ohh USA, USA USA USA
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  22. Eddie Stiel

    Eddie Stiel Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    FIFA's updated site indicates that Estadio Azteca will host the match; however, no kickoff time: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/all-matches.html

    I'm unsure that this information is definitive. Neither the US Soccer nor Concacaf websites has venue/time information.
     
  23. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't see anyone else reporting this, so it doesn't seem credible. That being said, he has 30,000 + followers, so he probably isn't a total fraud.
     
  24. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's an actual journalist. My Spanish isn't great and very little in the Anglo press but supposedly it's going to the court of arbitration for sport. Don't see this game being affected but maybe a later one.
     
  25. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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