Saturday, April 2, 2016

4/2/16: Why Every US National Team Non-Friendly Game Should Be In Columbus.



If you don't believe this because you live in Seattle, or LA, or NY, whatever.

Columbus, for some reason, is the only MLS area of the country without a huge opponent fanbase. Or well much of an international soccer fanbase within five hours of travel.

I'm three hours away in Western Pennsylvania, lol so trust me. I wonder if there is a big reading comprehension fanbase where I live (lol kidding), let alone a soccer fanbase.

Additionally, Columbus, Ohio nearly disguises itself as a diverse, exotic metropolis from where I live, lol if that tells you anything.

"It’s a great place to play for us. The stadium is tight, the field is always good, the people are right on top of the field. People get excited when we come through here, so in all ways it’s a great place for us to play,” said U.S. captain Michael Bradley.

For instance on atmosphere, I was in the normal people seats for the Crew opener this season at midfield and felt a real buzz and excitement around me. Columbus and Ohio soccer fans are showing up when they're feeling something. And they are always feeling the US National Team.

Okay, that got weird lol.

But, why is CCS or Mapfre intimidating?

1.) Crummier look compared to other MLS soccer stadia's. It's just intimidating being there compared to a shinny Rio Tinto or Dick's Sporting Goods or whatever.
2.) History. Mexico always knows they lose their 2-0. And everyone else in Concacaf knows that too, so why should they expect better?
3.) Could feel the volume against Guatemala. Something with the American Outlaws, Nordecke, and regular fans makes it right in Columbus. Where even in bigger stadiums across the country, the atmosphere has been lackluster in my opinion.

This alone is why I never want a new Crew home stadium. A new home stadium and it wouldn't be the right atmosphere.

US National Team and Columbus, Ohio is just the right matchup. They never have lost there and probably never will. So, unless it's a friendly. Should never play anywhere else.

I even mean that with Copa America Centernario. If the US really wanted to win that and weren't concerned with just the money portion NOW. They would play every game, but the final perhaps, in Mapfre.

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