You might think all we do here at Trademark is work, work, and more work. We do work quite a lot, but that’s what happens when you’re doing something you love. But every once in awhile we do venture away from work for a short break. A few of us in the office enjoy soccer, watching and playing. So when I had the opportunity last month to head down to Columbus Ohio to see the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team take on Mexico in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier. I just couldn’t resist.
The three hour drive down was ok, a bit rainy, but nothing our group of 9 couldn’t handle. While waiting in line to enter the parking lot though, we were hit with hail, rain, and wind gusts that must have been close to 40 m.p.h. It was a site to see.
Inside the stadium before kickoff, the rain and wind gusts kicked up again, making this encounter with Mexico a raucous affair. When these two teams usually meet, it’s anything but nice, this is a rivalry for the times, and this game was no exception. From the kickoff the tackles were flying in, and fans were loving it big time. Mexican fans are known for their loud horns and their all out fanfare. They were dressed from head to toe in green, red, and white, and singing in unison, mostly in Spanish so I had no idea what they were saying. The American fans must have been out numbered 2/1 for the game, even though it was in Columbus, Ohio in the middle of a cold February. But not to be outdone, the American’s came prepared with large flags, and red clothing to show their support.
The American team came to play this night, and dominated possession for large spells, although the Mexican team had one good opportunity to go ahead early in the game. But American goal keeper Tim Howard was up to the task, making a great save off his legs. America continued to dominate and throw balls in the danger zone, and in the 44th minute finally managed to get the ball into the back of the Mexican net. Scoring from a corner kick, Michael Bradley roofed the ball into the net giving the American team a much deserved 1-0 home lead.
The second half was no different from the first. The American’s dominated again, the cold windy wet weather might have had something to do with it. But this is why games are scheduled in February in Columbus, to give the home team the upper hand. Even though the U.S. was controlling the game, the Mexican fans never let up with incessant horn blowing and noise making. They kept it up until the last minute of the game, when the Michael Bradley managed to score his second, and the American team’s final goal of the game, making it a well deserved 2-0 victory in this very important 2012 World Cup Qualifying game.
Our adventure was not over yet though. The 3 hour drive back to Detroit proved to be an adventure in it’s self. More rain, and wind gusts proved to be very hard driving conditions. The 3 flipped over semi-trucks should be a good enough example for you to understand just how bad it was. As I mentioned, it should normally take 3 hours from Detroit to Columbus, but with all the slow moving traffic, rain, wind, flipped over semi’s, this return trip took close to 5 hours, and I didn’t get to bed until 3am! Needless to say, I was back in the office at 9am the next day with posters of the game, and an American pennant for the wall. Go USA!