“U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A,” chants can and should be heard around Columbus tonight, as the U.S. takes on our southern neighbors from Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match. This will be the fourth consecutive time that the U.S. and Mexico have played in Columbus for this round of World Cup qualifiers – way to go Columbus! As Chris DeVille of Columbus Alive writes:
” Columbus isn’t guaranteed to host this match — the most important World Cup qualifier against our nation’s fiercest rival — but U.S. Soccer keeps bringing it back here because the home-field advantage is palpable and the results don’t lie.” – www.columbusalive.com
The “results” that DeVille is talking about are 2-0 (score) U.S. victories in 2001, 2005, 2009. Contrary to Adlai Stevenson (neat guy!) saying, “[P]atriotism…is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” I expect a bunch of soccer hooligans chanting like they’re are following Mel Gibson as he takes on Jason Isaacs as Jozy Altidore burns a new hole in Mexico’s net…because his shot is so dang hot!
While tickets regrettably have sold out, DeVille offers all the hot spots around Columbus to watch the game:
1. Fado Irish Pub – 4022 Townsfair Way, Easton
2. 4th St. Bar & Grill 1810 N. 4th Street – (a few blocks from Crew Stadium)
3. Hendoc’s Pub, 2375 N. High Street
You can read all about these places in DeVille’s other article about the match. For those wishing to stay home and watch, the game will be broadcast at 8 pm on ESPN.
Put on that red white and blue hat inspired by a children’s book. Slap on that tank-top that reads, ” America – back-to-back World War champions,” and make up your own words to that one John Philip Sousa song just because you can. And have some fun watching the U.S. national soccer team take it to our friends to the south.