11.20.2008

Last Night's Party: U.S. in Cold-arado.

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Dos a Cero and for once it wasn't the Mexicans that we hung it on. I liked what I saw from the young folks and 80's Babies that got the run out v. Guatemala last night. I particularly liked they way Jozy, Kenny, Freddy, and Sacha work together in the attack; throw Landon in the central mid and you see what might soon be my preferred U.S. attack force.

I'll tell you what I didn't like though: the crowd. 'Nuff respect to those that showed up and gave it go but damn, you really shouldn't be able to read the word "Colorado" clearly in the seating. Seriously, who books a game in Denver a week from Thanksgiving? A Wampa?

Ridiculous

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The crowd did suck. As for a week before Thanksgiving, the international FIFA calender could care less. But as for the location, US Soccer picked this in the unlikely case we were still in a battle to qualify. They were hoping for cold, possibly snow and the high altitude would affect Gaut. It did seem to have worked.

Bonji said...

I think part of the attendance issue was cost. US Soccer basically doubled the ticket prices around the stadium. I believe the cheapest seat was $30. The cheapest seats looked like they were sold out and that section certainly benefited seeing the US attack in the second half.

I believe US Soccer did a disservice to Colorado Soccer fans in terms of pricing. Had they had a few more cheap sections and didn't ask $100+ for midfield seats I think you would have seen more people taking a look at the spectacle.

I also believe US Soccer didn't use the Rapids ticket staff and marketing folks as well as they could have. The word could have gotten out a lot stronger in a sports mad city where sitting to watch Football in snow is no big deal.

iwj said...

I second the previous statements. I was at the game last night, behind the south goal. Those seats were nearly sold out. But even at $30 those seats were overpriced and they were the cheapest in the stadium. USSF is high if they think people are going to pay $100 to watch the Nats play Guatemala, no matter where the seats are. Add to that fact that there was no local advertising for the event that I saw. I know quite a few other people that were interested in going to the game who were discouraged to do so by the price. My final point is to note the issue of the start time. The game started at 6pm local time. Being that most people don't get out of work until around then it makes it tough to impossible to make it to the stadium in time to justify paying the exorbitant ticket prices. I bet the game would have been a significantly better draw if the game had started an hour later and tickets and been about 40% cheaper. Scalpers outside were trying to get rid of $70 seats for 40 bucks and they still couldn't sell them.

Anonymous said...

I once heard a joke somewhere that instead of writing "Colorado" on the seats, they should have just written the number for the ticket office.

Kenobi said...

I was there last night. We sat in the $50 seats where we were jammed in like sardines. At halftime, we moved into the basically empty $100 seat section and 4 of us had an entire row to ourselves.

Excuses aside (cold, meaningless game, expensive city to travel to), that crowd sucked. Even as a Denver resident, I'm against scheduling another game there any time soon.

Anonymous said...

The 80's babies looked fierce, too bad we have a coach who'd never play them together in a meaningful game, and no this was not a meaningful game.

Mr. Fish said...

Any wampa reference is welcome.

chris said...

I second(?) the first comment. The location and schedule were to make Guatemala uncomfortable. It seems like a friendly to us, but we have to remember that it was actually a competitive match, so they scheduled (and priced) it as such.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the time of the game, I think that is set by CONCACAF to coincide with the other group game. This keeps the matches as competative as possible. Having said that, perhaps US Soccer could have worked with TNT to schedule it an hour later. Considering TNT is 1-hr ahead of east coast time, this is unlikely.

Anonymous said...

i just blame colorado. they don't go see the rapids, now they don't go see the nats. it was a horrible choice to build a stadium out there. i bet if we had that match in NJ, there would have been 40 - 50K easy. we have no trouble supporting our nats!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, typo... I meant to say NADS we in New Jersey have no trouble supporting our NADS. Those soccer guys are good too.