Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tonight is forever

There are friendlies against the Argentinas and Englands of the world. Then there are Gold Cup matches. Then the Gold Cup final. Then maybe tune-up matches right before a World Cup.

After that, the only real matches more important than US-Mexico at home would be World Cup matches hosted by the US.

Columbus Crew Stadium, capacity 22,555, will likely never have that honor, making this once-every-four-years competitive World Cup qualifier between the top two nations in the region the most important match it will host.

In a country still looking for national tradition in the sport, the US hosting Mexico at Crew Stadium is one of those up and coming traditions we Americans look forward to. Perfect record against the Mexicans at this venue, undefeated against all opponents in the history of the stadium (perhaps the old Foxboro Stadium can rival Crew Stadium's track record as an American safe haven), and witness to some of the most important events in American soccer. That tradition continues tonight.

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