I really like soccer. Playing it or watching it, I’m in. I will admit to not knowing all the intricacies of the game and even that a call for being offside still confuses me…but I like that the clock doesn’t stop. And you have to appreciate the athletic ability of soccer players…they can average up to 6 miles of more of running during those 90 minutes.
Apparently, a lot of Jacksonville likes soccer. 44,438 people were in attendance at EverBank Field to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team defeat Scotland. The River City showed up last night in full patriotic colors, setting records, and being wonderfully rowdy as always.
Kilts. ‘Nuff said.
These two went all “blue steel” on me as I was taking the picture. It was awesome. And then there was this police officer…when did Jacksonville police make such tight pants part of the uniform?
And then there were these guys. A lot of people wore pieces of Avenger’s costumes.
My friends Annie and Eddie, lookin’ good in red, white, and blue.
Th crowd became bottlenecked at each stadium entrance. Everyone was subjected to a pat down and bag search…security wasn’t playing around. They did have separate lines for men and women though…so that was nice.
So far, when I’ve been part of patriotic events in Jacksonville, I’ve noticed a level of irony in people’s patriotism. Yeah, there are lot of flags and innumerable outfits of red, white, and blue. But then there’s also this: shirts that feature American eagles riding motorcycles against the backdrop of the American flag…and this guy made it even better by tearing off the sleeves.
The Gadsden flag…a common sight at national team games. Apparently “Don’t Tread On Me” is a rallying cry for American soccer fans.