I jumped on a flight this morning, headed to Salt Lake City so I could catch the US v El Salvador WCQ tonight. This was my first time seeing a game at Rio Tinto Stadium and it’s a great place to watch a game. Little issue with a certain stadium steward, but a little bit more on that later. This cat in the picture was hanging with the American Outlaws post game, celebrating the win, and his scarf just summed up everything. This was a huge win for the US tonight, especially with the other results that took place today. Anyway, hit the jump for some pictures from the game.
This hat is so instantly recognizable and so undoubtedly patriotic.
On the lookout for the “U” and “A”
El Salvador’s fans were out pretty heavy in numbers. I honestly didn’t think there would be as many at this game as there were.
Some pre-game festivities.
The view looking out from the stadium…
So before I go in the stadium I ask if it’s ok to take my camera inside. I know this can be an issue sometimes without a credential. I ask about six different people who are scanning tickets, checking bags, have on those yellow Event Staff shirts, etc. Everyone gives me the thumbs up and says have fun. As soon as I get about 12 aisles from my seat, BOOM…”sir, you can’t have that camera in here.” So I tell them I asked numerous staff and everyone said it was cool. Nope, this lady wasn’t having it. So she calls in her friend for backup or reinforcements or something. Now they are both telling me I can’t have my camera inside the stadium and that it should be confiscated. Whoa! Slow down! You ain’t confiscating jack…so I say let me take this back to the car. Nope, that is not an option either. After some debate, I’m told that I just have to hold my camera and that if I use it they are going to confiscate it on the spot and kick me out. So not wanting to make a scene, or let somebody ruin my night and my excitement for the game, I fall back and don’t get any pictures of the game other than the one below.
With the result secure (congrats boys!), I wanted to take some shots of folks celebrating the win outside the stadium. Lots of singing, drinking and high fiving. Good times!
This cat had on an old Soviet Union jersey, and American flag cape and was in full voice celebrating the US win.
Congrats to the US team on the win. Congrats to RSL and the city on a beautiful soccer stadium and here is to a big win against Trinidad and Tobago!