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Discussion in 'USA Men: Fans & Travel' started by Clenbuterol, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Clenbuterol

    Clenbuterol Red Card

    Aug 25, 2011
    Club:
    --other--
    For a Women's FRIENDLY match between USA and Canada in Portland.

    When are they going to host a match for the Men's squad???? They deserve it!
     
  2. helpmenow

    helpmenow New Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    san diego
    They better get one
     
  3. DynamoEAR

    DynamoEAR Member+

    May 30, 2011
    HOU/ATL
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The guatemala game(should they make it) should be at JELD WEN
     
  4. GiallorossiYank

    GiallorossiYank Member+

    Jan 20, 2011
    NJ/Roma/Napoli
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't care for TA, but after that strong pro American crowd, they deserve it.
     
  5. irish56

    irish56 Member+

    Oct 30, 2006
    indy
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, they probably do. Seattle deserve more than they receive too. Hopefully the NW isn't alienated by the USSF.
     
  6. Clenbuterol

    Clenbuterol Red Card

    Aug 25, 2011
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    I think Portland would be a more intimate setting. Many say it is the best place to watch a match because of that factor.

    I would not mind if either city hosted a match really. Hopefully they both can host WCQ's.
     
  7. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They'll probably get one when they get rid of the turf, which will be................. a long time to never.
     
  8. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And given that one of Guatemala's biggest teams, Comunicaciones, regularly plays on turf, more of their national-team players would be used to the surface than ours.
     
  9. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They would probably be able to schedule a CONCACAF team or a smaller CONMEBOL team like Ecuador on it. But not major team is every going to play on it. Plus several of our own national team players, Landon Donovan among them, have openly expressed that they hate turf, and they hate grass on top of turf.
     
  10. Clenbuterol

    Clenbuterol Red Card

    Aug 25, 2011
    Club:
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    Is the turf really that bad? Seattle was able to get Mexico and Ecuador up there for a friendly and they have hosted numerous Gold Cup matches, international matches, and Club friendlies (Barca, Man U, Chelsea). Is their turf better than Portland's?
     
  11. irish56

    irish56 Member+

    Oct 30, 2006
    indy
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How many of those matches did they bring in grass?
     
  12. Clenbuterol

    Clenbuterol Red Card

    Aug 25, 2011
    Club:
    --other--
    Good question. I am not sure. More than half maybe?

    Still think the Pacific NW should host some games in some capacity. Those are some solid fans up there.
     
  13. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You know, growing up we played only on a hard dirt that was more like concrete. We got one turf field when I was about 14 or so, and we thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Heck, we even liked it better than many of the grass fields we played on, being that many high school grass fields are even and not well taken care of.

    So I've never got the hatred for turf. It was a life saver for us. But the fact is, most players absolutely hate it.

    As someone originally from the region, I agree. :D
     
  14. GOREVS3000

    GOREVS3000 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Boston
    Club:
    2 de Mayo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    JESUS ********ING CHRIST.

    How many times do we have to go over this? Your chances of getting a meaningful USA game, in other words a WCQ, drop off significantly if you don't have a natural grass playing surface. In the last three cycles one stadium with fake grass has hosted a WCQ and that was Rice Eccles in Utah. With the infusion of Soccer Specific Stadiums with grass surfaces this limits your chances even further. If the Fed is going to go for a money grab qualifier they'll host it at Soldier Field in Chicago or RFK Stadium in DC: Large capacity stadiums with FIFA regulation dimensions and a grass field. If they're looking for homefield advantge they'll host it at RBA, Columbus, Home Depot, or Kansas City. As long as Portland and Seattle play on fake grass they are unlikely to get a World Cup Qualifier. Get. The. ********. Over. It.
     
  15. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There's always the off-beat Gold Cup.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ2IGNMKBrY"]USA vs Granada 4-0 Copa Oro 2009 (The CONCACAF Gold Cup) SKY SPORTS - YouTube[/ame]
     
  16. party1234

    party1234 Member

    May 4, 2010
    Riverside, Ca
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The field is also wayyy to small.
     
  17. DynamoEAR

    DynamoEAR Member+

    May 30, 2011
    HOU/ATL
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    damn dude. Either fired from work/bad day at work, divorce, financial issues something else? Not really contributing to the discussion.


    Anyway Costa Rica used to play on Turf at ole Saprissa and yet i didn't hear the Yanks btich about that.

    As long as the turf in Portland has a Two star rating from Fifa it is totally fine. Once they get a turf inspection and retain it, the teams won't have alot to worry about.
     
  18. DynamoEAR

    DynamoEAR Member+

    May 30, 2011
    HOU/ATL
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does it matter? It's within Fifa regulations, i'm cool with that.
     
  19. party1234

    party1234 Member

    May 4, 2010
    Riverside, Ca
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think it matters. Every time I've watched Portland games the field creates a game that's congested and doesn't allow any team to receive the ball in space. More often than not, games in Portland are won via set pieces.

    If you want to see a sloppy game played in extremely tight spaces with lots of foul, the Portland is a great location for the usmnt.
     
  20. irish56

    irish56 Member+

    Oct 30, 2006
    indy
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just built to international regulations
     
  21. GOREVS3000

    GOREVS3000 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Boston
    Club:
    2 de Mayo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am actually contributing plenty, if you bothered to read the rest of my post. This topic has beaten like a dead horse. Seattle and Portland have fake grass as well as dimension issues. Meaningful games won't be played in those conditions and history as our guide proves that. 1 game on turf in the last three cycles.
     
  22. irish56

    irish56 Member+

    Oct 30, 2006
    indy
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who hasn't complained about Saprissa? That pitch is terrible.
     
  23. DynamoEAR

    DynamoEAR Member+

    May 30, 2011
    HOU/ATL
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I actually did read your post all the way smart one :rolleyes:
    No meaningful games coming to foxboro anytime soon:)


    But if we want to get that new attacking style going, then yeah, let's go with a wide field and grass surface.:)
     
  24. alky13

    alky13 New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Manchester/NYC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Portland is built for Rory Delap. Lad could pass it across the pitch.
     
  25. GOREVS3000

    GOREVS3000 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Boston
    Club:
    2 de Mayo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't think any qualifiers should be held at large capacity stadiums. They should be held at soccer specific stadiums with grass fields. It gives us an home field advantage. The bigger the stadium the more hostile the crowd.
     

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