wherein DF travels to Deutschland for the 2006 world cup to follow the US men's national soccer team

Monday, March 06, 2006

Jamaican me crazy

Tickets for the US friendly versus Jamaica on April 11 in Cary, NC sold out in under 90 minutes this past weekend. Any indications that the South is in the grips of World Cup fever have to be taken with a grain of salt; there were only 8,000 tix on sale to begin with. Still, the notion that any US game would sell out that quickly is kind of surprising.

Perhaps there's an unusually large Jamaican expat community in the Raleigh-Durham area that I didn't know about. Perhaps Ticketmaster got crossed up and routed people seeking Duke basketball tickets to SAS stadium instead. Or perhaps Occam's Razor applies here and people everywhere--even in the deepest darkest American South--are psyched about US Soccer and the upcoming mundial.

For what it's worth, though, there's a bit of bad history in Cary. Last time the US played there in a pre-WC02 scrimmage, they went up against the Richmond Kickers, and needed a late Earnie Stewart goal to escape with a 2-2 tie. As everyone knows, that game was a dead-on indicator that the US was doomed in the World Cup.

2 Comments:

Blogger mirarchi said...

I remember feeling really worried after our WC team couldn't even manage to beat the Kickers -- come on, it's the fucking Kickers! I also remember laughing after the match at one fan's suggestion, only partly tongue-in-cheek, that we just send the Kickers to the WC.

Thankfully, of course, the result in that match had absolutely no correlation with our WC performance.

4:04 PM, March 07, 2006

 
Blogger DF said...

"[T]he result in that match had absolutely no correlation with our WC performance."

On the contrary, Mike, that match result correlated perfectly with the 1-1 draw against South Korea.

6:46 PM, March 07, 2006

 

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