Yes, I know it’s early for this.

10 Jul

Last night was this:

(Credit to Brian Gjurgevich)

Soccer City, USA, hosted the national teams from Costa Rica, Cuba, Belize and our own Nats for a pair of Concacaf Gold Cup matches. And, in the process, we pissed off Texas.

And then this came out today:
(Credit to mls)

So, the 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be played at Jeld-Wen. Merritt and the mayor and our not-terribly-beloved MLS commissioner Don Garber made the official announcement this afternoon, months after MP let it slip on Twitter.

I’m not a fan of the ASG in its current format. It falls mid-season and is little more than a money-grab wherein our chosen (though exactly how they’re chosen is questionable) players take on an extra match in the dead of summer that is played against an arguably better-rested European side for no apparent reason other than the aforementioned money-grab. And I’m certain I’m not alone in my thinking.

But, when it comes down to it, with the game being played in Portland, I’ll most likely put up the cash and go. Because I’m a sucker. And I’ll probably buy an over-priced commemorative scarf. Because I’m a rube.

I wonder what our level of involvement will be. The clip above makes it pretty clear that the TA will be expected to raise a pretty significant tifo. Clive and Salt Girl (or whatever it is people call her) are pretty prominent. But to do something on that scale for a game that so many of us care so little about seems disingenuous at best.

But to not do something, something truly spectacular, would be a lost opportunity. I think. I don’t know.

Thankfully, we’ve got some time to think about it. Thoughts?


Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Yes, I know it’s early for this.

  1. jdlawes

    July 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I agree that we should go all out to make the evening a hell of an event, but out of pride in our city and our club. The actual match is as big a joke as you point out; a cynical attempt to part fools from their money.

    Frankly, IMO if MLS is smart they’ll comp the tickets for the whole North End and throw a couple of thousand dollars into the 107ist kitty for the tifo. Then I’ll come help paint, turn up in the stands and sing. For who, well…depends on whether that damn Wondowlowski gets tapped for MLS or not.

  2. patrick maloney

    September 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hoping you have a few minutes to help me. I am a Medford soccer mom and my son is playing in Portland several times this season. He desperately wants to sit in the army. I know where to buy the tickets (stub-hub) and I read all about the wristbands for entry but I do not know about the actual seating. Do we buy any GA ticket or are they restricted to certain sections? Naturally he wants to sit as close to front as possible in the middle of the singing and shuffling. Can you tell me about the tickets? You seem to be a great fan and I read a lot of your stuff while researching> Please forgive my intrusion. I’m feeling desperate.
    Thanks so much!


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