Well, at least we all made it back alive. Too much to possibly re-cap all at once, but, the team had a chance and didn't take it. The fans, well, I would say we were lucky to avoid any serious incidents. The typical beer shower is one thing, but, this was way worse than last cycle, and really kind of makes you re-think taking this trip. I hope to be back, but, not necessarily under these conditions. We got to the stadium on the trains nice & early. After some waiting around we were marched into our section by security, at which point the security started being dicks about taking our flags away for being too big. We got one photo with the ESC-NYC flag before it was taken, though we did get it back after the game. Vfl Kirwan's 20x30 USA got taken too and we weren't able to use it during the game, which is a ridiculous bummer, but it was eventually returned. We were in a section up at the top of the stadium, security doing an okay but not great job early on. After the stands filled up it started getting a bit testy. They booed the US anthem (classy), and basically started showering us with random objects from then on. I was hit with two beers, a water bottle on the arm, and a sandwich wrapped in tin foil (you gunna finish that?). Many had it a lot worse, including one woman hit with a block of ice, I saw one guy hit full in the face with a bottle of water, and numerous cases of full bottles of soda, water & whatever else being thrown at us at random intervals, including the 4-5 cards that came out and both Mexico goals. If men want to fight other men, hey, fair enough. But it takes a real chump to throw a bottle or block of ice at a woman. Security on the way out was a complete hamster festival, with them walking us through the parking lot full of fans and it nearly kicking off right there. The cops did eventually redeem themselves, giving us a ride in two riot vans to the metro station (as opposed to the light rail, which would have been very ugly), but they often left huge gaps in our security detail and didn't seem to know what they were doing all that often. When the crap really started flying in the last 15 minutes of the game, the cops with riot gear sheilds used them to protect themselves. Way to go. Some Mexican fans shook our hands and clapped on the way out, but many were all too happy to get in our face, and more than a few took it way too far. A line of people spitting at us as we walked out through the stadium was a nice touch. That people weren't seriously hurt is something of a shock. We had a way easier trip of it last cycle down in the lower bowl. On the game, well, it was hard to tell too much but the US certainly didn't get a lot of the ball, and didn't pass well enough to deserve the win. A disappointing effort, really, but we all would have been very happy with the 1-1 draw, considering I never thought we'd finish with all 11 men on the field, considering how much the ref was doing Mexico a solid by making sure they had every chance to win the game. Out for some grub & drinks tonight, followed by a flight home tomorrow. Good job by all of the fans in GENSUR today, it was an experience. See you guys down the road.