Which city should host the WCQ home game vs Mexico in 2009?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by yellowbismark, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. yellowbismark

    yellowbismark Member+

    Nov 7, 2000
    San Diego, CA
    Club:
    Club Tijuana
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Now that it appears Mexico and US are clearly going to advance, it's not too soon to start debating this...

    There are the places I am favoring right now:

    Columbus (Crew Stadium)
    Portland (PGE Park)
    Salt Lake City (new RSL Stadium)

    Bottom line is, there are going to be Mexico fans wherever we play. And I'm okay with that. I just do not want to see a situation where it is 80/20 Tri fans. I like the smaller venues, which are going to be need if we want to avoid giving Mexico a huge crowd advantage.

    Columbus has been great the last two times (I attended 2001 and 2005). And with the great luck we've had against Mexico there, I would be perfectly happy seeing them awarded with the game again.

    It was ages ago, but anyone remember how great the pro-US atmosphere was in Portland in 1997 for their Costa Rica qualifier? They are long overdue for another important US game and with the MLS expansion momentum and the success of the Timbers, they would be a worthy successor to Crew Stadium for the Mexico tilt.

    Salt Lake would be my third choice. They have the new stadium and a good season ticket base that would ensure that many US fans buy tickets before they hit the market and Mexico fans gobble them up.

    Where does everybody want to see this game played?
     
  2. irish56

    irish56 Member+

    Oct 30, 2006
    indy
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Indianapolis
     
  3. USAClash

    USAClash Member

    Feb 9, 1999
    I'd say you have the right candidates. The date of the game will obviously impact the decision. I think it will probably be in Columbus again. I hope the crowd will be good again. I get the feeling the USSF will keep putting it in Columbus until Mexico either wins there or their fans outdo us there.

    If RSL racks up impressive season ticket numbers, I'd actually like to see it there. I think Portland has potential and should definitely host a match in the hex next year. The problem is the lack of season ticket holders and the size of the stadium. I think too many Mexican fans would get their hands on tickets at this point.
     
  4. mcnaulty21

    mcnaulty21 Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I vote Fort Hunt.
     
  5. JayDelight729

    JayDelight729 Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Section 101
    As the old saying goes, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."

    Keep it in Columbus. Close Thread.
     
  6. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gillette Stadium in Foxborough is the only other venue, I would add. 68,756 seats is a lot of tickets to sell there for a qualifier. Columbus has my vote.
     
  7. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids, Celtic FC, & Louisville City
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Columbus. So I can hop on the interstate and be there in 3 hours. Portland and Salt Lake present a problem for me ;)


    I bet the choices come down to Columbus and Salt Lake with Salt Lake having the edge since that stadium obviously hasn't hosted a game of that importance. I'm fine either way but selfishly I hope its Columbus as I will be there.
     
  8. West Coast Futbol

    May 7, 2008
    The Beach
    Los Angeles, no not the coliseum or rose bowl but THD center. Sell first to MLS season ticket holders in a lottery, then to Hollywood.

    Advantages
    1. Dominate media in the media capital of the world for a week. (if scheduled in right time of year).
    2. No other reason needed

    Disadvantages
    1. One of the one thousand Chivas USA season ticket holders might get a ticket
    2. If played anywhere else, the game will not even make the front page of the local sport rags or anywhere on the talk shows, AGAIN.

    The US will go through no matter how we do vs Mexico (same for them), getting 2 matches in difficult situations against Mexico in preparation for the big show is far better then one at Azteca and one in the middle of nowhere like Columbus. It is time to say to Mexico (and most others): anytime, anywhere!
     
  9. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Good morning to the beach on the left side.
    This is a home game, right? LA is probably the worst place to play the Mexicans. There have been some very unusual results in LA for our men's team vs Mexico and some Latin American sides. We want to have the "home field" advantage. There are nearly as many Mexicans in SoCal as there are in Mexico.;)
    Is this you, Sven?
    Hasta la vista, baby
     
  10. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    DE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  11. PhillyQuakesFan

    PhillyQuakesFan New Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Delaware County, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Can someone please tell me why it should ever be anywhere other than Columbus??

    Why do we have these threads every year??

    While we're at it, why don't they hold the Masters at Pebble Beach next year?? Or how about the tennis US Open at the HDC??
     
  12. West Coast Futbol

    May 7, 2008
    The Beach
    If the US wants futbol to remain a niche sport, we should stay in niche cities like Columbus. Interesting you pick niche sports to compare to.
     
  13. jq pepe

    jq pepe New Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    los angeles
    Club:
    CDSC Cruz Azul
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    Anchorage, I understand that while there may be some Mexicans in Alaska they are not as numerous as in the continuous US
     
  14. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    I think we should have the 5 World Cup Qualifiers at:

    Columbus - (Mexico)
    Portland - (Costa Rica)
    Salt Lake City - (maybe Honduras)
    Philadelphia or anywhere northeast - (maybe El Salvador)
    Houston or anywhere south/southeast - (Guatemala/T&T)

    HDC/California and Florida usually get Gold Cup games, so they don't need any World Cup Qualifiers.
     
  15. Lobooho

    Lobooho Member

    Jul 26, 2002
    Cali
    It'll probably be in Columbus but what are we afraid of ?
    We'll win if we're the better team that day.
     
  16. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A game against Mexico should only be played in a stadium where tickets can first be sold to MLS season ticket holders through a carefully controlled presale. Thus, Portland is automatically ruled out. I agree that the Columbus's past of successfully creating a pro-US crowd, using the afore described ticketing process, makes them the clear first choice candidate for hosting the game.
     
  17. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Until Alaska has shown that it can bring out US fans in numbers, it shouldn't be considered as a potential site for a game against Mexico. We test the waters with a safe team like T&T, Panama or CR and see what happens first.
     
  18. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Fairbanks, Alaska
     
  19. Flipstar508

    Flipstar508 Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    colorado - DSG
     
  20. USAClash

    USAClash Member

    Feb 9, 1999
    While I agree Columbus is the probable and logical choice, it doesn't necessarily mean it's the best. If RSL sells a huge number of season tickets, I think they'll be in a better position to provide a pro-US crowd.

    The Crew's season ticket numbers have dwindled since Crew Stadium opened. More Mexican fans found their way to the game the 2nd time Columbus hosted it.
     
  21. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes - If RSL sells lots of season tickets and the front office manages sales to them first, then that might be a good location. I'd go back to Salt Lake for a qualifier. But, don't believe that because we had a good pro US crowd for Costa Rica in Salt Lake City that guarantees we'd have the same for Mexico. The key to a pro US crowd for a Mexico game is proper handling of ticket sales.
     
  22. jq pepe

    jq pepe New Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    los angeles
    Club:
    CDSC Cruz Azul
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    Easy, free tickets
     
  23. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think he was joking about Alaska, Nancy. It will be a while before we seriously consider qualifiers there.
     
  24. DUFC206

    DUFC206 New Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Haha. Alaska even if a joke, (which it obviously is and I laughed) is a very interesting choice. If we could get 10-20k fans then it could be an interesting choice. On a more serious note. How about Seattle? Its kinda sad to watch a WCQ game in a huge city like Chicago with a small crowd, I'm sure seattle would draw many more fans
     
  25. Beerking

    Beerking Member+

    Nov 14, 2000
    Humboldt County
    LA? Are you high? Why not just play it in TJ? Good Lord....
     

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