Thursday, October 01, 2009

DC United In Action

Last night I had a first with my buddy Greg - seeing the local Major League Soccer team, DC United, play. They took on San Juan Jabloteh, and kicked their butts with a score of 5-1.

Last night didn't exactly undo the stereotype that soccer isn't that popular in the US. The match was held at RFK stadium, which is now quite run down, and as Greg noted, they didn't even have the front gate open. The attendance may have been in the low thousands, but given the size of the stadium felt in the hundreds.

With that said, though, I did have an excellent time. Greg promised me 90 minutes of standing on my feet cheering and singing, and that's exactly what I did. We were just a few rows from the field, and was no doubt closer to professional athletes at play than I've been in my life.

All in all, it's a DC experience I highly recommend. Here are a few photos I snapped:

OK, to be fair I shot these photos below about 30 minutes before the game, that is before the place "filled" up.

The soccer was actually quite impressive to watch. It's even more impressive when you think that these guys were running more or less continuously for 90 minutes. Try that yourself, and see how you do.

Greg was kind enough to bring me an extra jersey to where. What a difference it made to be dressed for the part!

Whoooo! We won!!!!

1 comment:

  1. I see you were sitting in the Screaming Eagles section... that is the section I typically sit in, I joined the SE this season. Definitely a fun section to sit in. As for the crowd... pretty typical for a Weeknight... Saturday/Weekend games tend to be more filled.