Photo Essay: Soccer Fans
Yesterday, I attented the USA's national soccer team's victory over Panama, giving the Americans their third CONCACAF Gold Cup since the tournament began in 1991.
Here's a look at some of the people who saw the game in Giants Stadium. Of the 31,000+ people in attendance, I'd say half of them were ethnic Panamanians. It had the feel of being somewhere out of the United States (although I often feel that when I'm in New Jersey).
Most of the people seemed like normal, rational people. That being said, I think I found the missing link (sitting below, center).
The color of soccer fans was easy to see. You can learn things from these sports fanatics...like what the Panamanian flag looks like (see this woman's face).
The Panamanians were not the only ones getting dressed up. Uncle Sam was here as well.
The fans mixed well. Luckily, there are no longstanding disputes between Panama and the USA, saving ourselves from a Meadowlands riot. Unless of course they are still pissed off that we got rid of Manuel Noriega.
There was a soccer/football match...with the USA winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup via a post-penalty kicks.
It was a lot of fun considering no one scored a goal in regulation and overtime. There were a lot of close shots that made things really interesting. Plus, one doesn't get to hang out with Panamanians very often.
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