My trip out to the New Meadowlands Stadium was far from smooth: the line for the bus from Port Authority took more than an hour and was filled with Argentinians. As a minority in our own country, my fellow American patriots and I banded together on line to drain our domestic light beers and talk shit about Messi’s haircut. And though Argentina may have more talent when it comes to soccer, they sure as hell can’t touch Americans in getting drunk and shit-talking.
Anyways, after finally getting on a bus and encouraging the driver to initiate a semi-successful USA chant, we set off from Manhattan and in no time, the bus pulled into the New Meadowlands parking lot. Already being a bit late, my friends and I headed directly to the stadium where the first half was already under way. Upon getting to our seats, I was delighted to discover that my initial perception of an Argentina fan majority was, in fact, just a result of a small sample size – I would say that the crowd was about 65-35 in favor of the Yanks. Fantastic. Even more fantastic? Our seats were behind the northern goal on the lower level and right beside the USMNT’s out-of-control supporter section aptly named, The American Outlaws.
As you can tell from that awesome video, it got a little crazy on Saturday night. For me, personally, it was exciting to see Americans showing the kind of passion for soccer that was far less visible as recently as 5 years ago. I can confidently say after Saturday night that the same kind of excitement and obsession that swept our nation during the World Cup last summer still lingers on in the hearts of many Americans, myself included.