NAS - My MLS Cup 96 story

NAS - My MLS Cup 96 story

Post by rag.. » Tue, 22 Oct 1996 04:00:00


You've seen the game stories - here's my story:

When I ordered the tickets, the Rev's ticket guy assured me they'd
be good seats.  I hoped to see the Burn in Foxboro.  When our flight
landed Saturday, we knew the weather forecast, but it didn't start to
rain until late Saturday night.  And man, did it rain !  Being from
Texas, I've seen some thunderstorms, but nothing like this !

As we prepared to leave for the game, we watched the Boston radar
and crossed our fingers.  Contrary to reports, the wind died down
quite a bit before game time.  We got to the stadium about 90 minutes
before kickoff, encountering almost zero traffic.  I took this to be
a bad sign.  We donned our ponchos and made our way in.  I stopped
to get a killer T-shirt commemorating the event.  Sure enough, our
seats were excellent.  We were in row seven at the top of the arc,
opposite the press box on the end where three of the goals were
scored.

During the pregame introductions, the staduim magically filled with
all the people who huddled under the stands until the last minute.
The crowd turned out to be on DC's side by about a 3-1 margin.
The pitch was horrible.  The goal area at our end was the worst and
the crown was in worse shape than the sidelines.  During warmups
we watched some balls stop dead in puddles, while other balls skipped
like a stone on a pond.  The pregame sucked (like all other pregame
and halftime activities did all summer long).

During the opening minutes, play was very sloppy and I was getting
discouraged.  "That sucked" was my only comment after Hurtado trickled
in the first goal right in front of us.  Being a Burn fan, I *could
not* support LA in any way, shape or form.  The crowd languished
through most of the game as LA appeared to be in control.  The first
DC goal changed all that as the stadium erupted in celebration.
From that second on, I knew DC could win it.  The loudest part of the
game was during a DC corner kick after they had tied it.  The crowd
(us included) was simply in a frenzy as we sensed DC could win it
right there.

We left right after the Golden Goal and threw our soaked gloves
and shoes in the trunk with the ponchos and shiverred uncontrollably
as the car warmed up.  It was still raining this morning when our
plane left.

How did ESPN's Sportscenter cover the match last night ?  We were
away from a TV.  How long do y'all think it will be until MLS Cup
returns to the northeast (not counting DC as the northeast) ?
Do you think anyone at MLS said "Maybe Boston in October isn't
such a good idea." ?

-Ross

 
 
 

NAS - My MLS Cup 96 story

Post by Jeffrey Mccrea » Mon, 28 Oct 1996 03:00:00

: .....  How long do y'all think it will be until MLS Cup
: returns to the northeast (not counting DC as the northeast) ?

A very long time I think.  I almost cried when I saw the field on TV.  But the
play was surprisingly good for the conditions.

: Do you think anyone at MLS said "Maybe Boston in October isn't
: such a good idea." ?

Hell yes.

: -Ross

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Jeffrey (Jeff) D. McCreary

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