Okay, so I’m not exactly the world’s biggest soccer fan. At all. I don’t really know a thing about the game other than gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll! Yet, when it was announce that the World Cup winning US Women’s Soccer Team would be playing a game at Ford Field, I immediately wanted to go.
When else would I have the chance to see this amazing team play in person? My parents and I purchased front row seats. They also had a few available on the field, but we chose not to get those as cool as it sounded. I know I would have gotten hit in the head with a ball!
You know I love hanging out at Ford Field. It’s just a great stadium, and I had my trusty parking pass, so that was all a breeze. Roughly 35,000 people were in attendance at the game, which is a little more than half of Ford Field, but apparently for a soccer game that’s a really big crowd.
There were a couple hiccups in the beginning like having our seats covered with paint dust from the football numbers being removed from the field and a bunch of kids in our seats who didn’t belong there, but I didn’t let that put even the slightest damper on the night.
We got to watch the team practice and warm up, which was cool. I’ll be honest, I don’t know many of the players. Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, and Abby Wambach are basically the only players I know, but that didn’t really matter.
Once the team warmed up, we waited a few minutes until both the US team and their opponent Haiti took the field with young girl soccer players by their side. That was a really cool touch. Imagine being a little girl playing soccer and getting to walk on that big field with your hero. The players were introduced, the national anthems were performed, and the match began.
We were afraid we would be rather bored. On the way Mom kept talking about how she wasn’t sure about going. But truthfully, the game was riveting. During the first half, the US was trying to score at the other end of the stadium, so we didn’t see much close up action. Haiti almost never got the ball. Still, we loved cheering them on and seeing a few goals.
Before halftime, we went up to the main concourse to check out the souvenirs and food. We went back down during halftime to wait for the second half to start. We got to see so much action and even a goal right in front of us!
I still don’t know all the rules, and I’m not sure I’d want to go to a soccer game every week or anything, but I would definitely go again. It was such a wonderful experience to see such an exciting game in which the US won. Go Team USA!