I arrived in Columbus on Monday, September the 9th. US Soccer hosted a Pep Rally at The Bluestone in downtown Columbus that night. I went to that. It was pretty fun. US Soccer legends Brian McBride, Cobi Jones, and Frankie Hejduk were there. Current players Damarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Jose Torres, and Michael Bradley also made appearances along with Coach Klinsmann.
|L to R: Allen Hopkins (Host), Klinsmann, Beasley, Torres, Bedoya, Bradley|
Tuesday was game day. I met up my brother and his buddies. They arrived that day. After lunch and checking into our hotel, we walked to the 4th Street Bar, which was one of two spots where the American Outlaws were having a tailgate. We met up with my cousin Ray again, and we sweated like crazy in the heat. It happened to be the hottest day of the year in Columbus. It was the stickiness that made it horrible. I hadn’t felt that much humidity in a long time. We hung out in front of a refrigerated cooler of beer to try and stay cool.
|Enjoying the cool air from the beer cooler|
|The march to Crew Stadium|
|My Brother plus two blimps over the stadium|
|Me and a bunch of other people|
|Jim, Hunter, Matt, Jason, & Mike|