6.09.2009

LA, The U.S. & Iran in International Soccer Ménage à Trois

1998

As you may have read over at TOW --TOR's California cousin-- the rumored U.S.-Iran match looks set to happen as a 2-legged affair; the talk out of Iran is that the Yanks will play the first match away in Tehran on 10.10.09 with the home match slated for LA on 11.14.09. But note that the US is already slated to play Honduras in a World Cup Qualifier on 10.10.09 so one of the two would have to move.

Obviously the game in Iran will garner the lion's share of media attention and speculation: Will Obama address it? Will Ahmadinejad be there? How many U.S. supporters will make the trip (sneaking into Cuba is one thing but going to Tehran requires an even higher level of commitment/lower fear of arrest)? The LA match also has it's fair share of story lines as both sides have significant ties to the area, particularly UCLA. Game on.

7 comments:

Mingo said...

I'm not about to sneak into Iran, but I'll be at the HDC in full voice. Should be a fun match.

Anonymous said...

11 years later and 3 US starters from that game are still playing in MLS! Now that's cool - even if the '98 team was a low point in our soccer evolution. These guys should be an inspiration to us all.

GetZat said...

Mohammad Khakpour sighting!

Anonymous said...

besides the 3 starters still playing in MLS, Hejduk is getting USNT call-ups!

mjl said...

Depending on what goes down Friday, Ahmadinejad may definitely not be there...

Adam said...

He's a big fan of soccer. I bet he'll be there regardless.

tfina said...

The, um, scenery alone would be worth the return leg in L.A