US-Mex in Columbus ? why ?

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by DonCorleone, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone New Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    NY state.
    Just wondering why the US-Mex qualifying match will be played in Columbus which has low capacity for a classical match such as this, where everywhere we play them, it doesn't matter how big the stadium is, has always been sold-out , why not Soldier Field, Giant or even coliseum ca, doesn't USSF need money ?
  2. gunner_21

    gunner_21 New Member

    Apr 15, 2002
    Cumberland, Maryland
    In World Cup Qualifying it's nice to have at least one "home" game. :rolleyes:
  3. cpwilson80

    cpwilson80 Member+

    Mar 20, 2001
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Home field advantage dude.
  4. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone New Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    NY state.
    We never have home game. Since we never have it and get used to play in a crowd against us, why don't we play it in Coliseum ? let those people spend money for us. ;)
  5. Justin Z

    Justin Z Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I went to Salt Lake to see the US/Costa Rica match. That was DEFINITELY a home game. Of the 40,000 or so there, probably 30-32,000 were American fans. It was awesome, honestly, especially since my only other "cap" was USA / Honduras in Albuquerque which 9,000 people went to.

    Other possible home field advantage cities: Boise; Billings, Montana; Minneapolis; Anchorage, Alaska.

  6. dfb547490

    dfb547490 New Member

    Feb 9, 2000
    The Heights
    Anyplace vs. Costa Rica is going to be a home crowd for the US because there aren't a lot of Costa Ricans living in the US. No disrespect to SLC, KC, or Portland, but there's no way any of those places gets the same percentage of US support vs. someone like Mexico or Honduras. The only place in the US that we wouldn't be able to get a pro-US atmosphere against CR is Giants Stadium, and that's only because all sorts of Mexicans, Salvadorans, hippies, and various other assorted foreign and Greenwich Village cretins would show up to cheer against the Evil Yankees.
  7. croix

    croix New Member

    Aug 30, 2001
    St. Croix, VI
  8. DrBobC

    DrBobC Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Burton upon Trent
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    they could of had it a few hours south in cincinnati, at least they could get more than 30,000.
  9. Chowderhead

    Chowderhead Member

    Aug 3, 1999
    Central Falls, RI
    I love you, Alex. You're like a little brother to me, I swear.

    Don Corleone, spend more time paying attention to important things and less time organizing weddings for your daughters and funerals for your sons. Marone.
  10. Dynamo73

    Dynamo73 New Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    I assume you weren't at the last US v. Mexico WCQ at Crew Stadium in Feb. 2001? I was. Find some of the crowd photos and the quotes from Arena and the team. It was a home game.
  11. Flyin Ryan

    Flyin Ryan Member

    May 13, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I really wonder is this would be a home game though. It's on Labor Day weekend, local soccer fans wouldn't sell out the place, it's going to get zero coverage from the local media due to Ohio State playing in Columbus on the same day. Traffic into the city by air will then cost more. Most hotel rooms will be taken. For hardcore fans, this all isn't a problem. But there aren't many U.S. fans that way.
  12. Iplayedforchelsea

    Iplayedforchelsea New Member

    Mar 23, 2004
    Athens, GA USA
    SO there will only be 22,000 (or whatever the capacity is) Mexicans there........
  13. crewzer1308

    crewzer1308 New Member

    May 11, 2004
    I think if you count the standing room only there will be about 24,000 or so!
  14. EEUU

    EEUU Member

    Mar 4, 2000
    Massapequa, NY USA
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The last time we played them in Columbus the place was a sea of red. I got chills watching it on TV, and the crowd were totally in the match and all over the Mexicans. What was even better was that the match was in February and the Mexicans were lost in the cold. We won 2-0 and it was the only home qualifier in recent memory where we've had lop-sided support in favor of the US, let alone against Mexico who always seem to get their fans in the buildings everywhere else. The Columbus choice was a no-brainer. In soldier field you would get a 50-50 crowd at best. I was surprised that Foxboro in 1997 was about 60-40 in favor of the US. There were a lot of Mexicans up there too.
  15. kevbrunton

    kevbrunton New Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Edwardsburg, MI
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When you talk about the sea of red, is that because our away (i.e., non-white) jersey at that time was Red, so the majority of the people wore red to the stadium?

    I just went online to check out the current US jerseys, warmups, etc. and our only options are Navy or White. Do we expect to see a sea of Navy this time?

    What should everyone be trying to wear to have a sea of one color?
  16. JRstriker12

    JRstriker12 New Member

    Jan 27, 2002
    Falls Church, VA
    To bad it's not as cold as last time we played Mexico in Columbus. IIRC - they didn't even come out to "warm-up".
  17. Bill Archer

    Bill Archer BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 19, 2002
    Washington, NC
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Somebody needs to find a link to the C Hill video ABC put together from that match.

    It would answer his question nicely.
  18. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Here's a zipped version from this post.

    Feel free to rep me all you want. :)
  19. raza_rebel

    raza_rebel Member+

    Dec 11, 2000
    Univ de Chile
    Beautiful! :) I wonder if there is any way we can get that on the Jumbotron in Columbus the day of the game. Less than a month and I am ready for this

    Funny thing happened: I work with Mexicans who were looking for tickets. They tried to buy some on Ticketmaster website yesterday and were surprised that they couldn't find any tickets. They are going to Clumbus to try to buy them the day of the game. AND they;re wondeirng how I got mine !! :p
  20. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    I am counting down the days for this one. I can't wait!!!

    Oh, and for you Josh Wolff playa haters, watch his goal, but especially watch his assist on the second goal. His movement on the ball in the corner when he dishes that incredible pass to Earnie is just fricking awesome.

    I was on the field shooting that game for Andy Mead's ECG magazine. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the US team celebrating when they scored. I was too busy high-fiving the players on both goals. They both happened right in front of me.

    I will never forget that game. Froze my ass off, but wow, what a night!!! I still get goosebumps thinking about it.
  21. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    Farewell Sweet Prince
    Jan 9, 2004
    Gentrification's Edge.
    Philadelphia Union
    My scarf. I'm so pumped just to get the scarf. I'm woking on the bit torrent of the last game now. I've had the C Hill video forever.
  22. WarrenWallace

    WarrenWallace Member

    Mar 12, 1999
    Beer and Cheese
    Nope. People wore red, one, cause it was cold and many people had red OSU jackets. And two, USA fans have been encouraged to wear red for about 10 years now. And the fans in Columbus know that.
  23. geordienation

    geordienation Moderator

    Apr 21, 2001
    Newcastle United FC

    You're kidding, right?
  24. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    Red is the color of the USMNT, whether the idiots at USSF & Nike know it, or not.
  25. Bigrose30

    Bigrose30 Member+

    Sep 11, 2004
    Jersey City, NJ
    I met a nice Costa Rican couple at the Gold Cup final who were cheering for both teams, as long as the soccer was quality.

    And there were a TON of latinos chanting USA at that game.

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