probably the wrong word, as the area was full of weak beer, as well as foosball tables and other pubgames.The final notable example of Americanisation was the fan friendliness.Drinking at your seat was encouraged withbeverage holders, and the game was a fannight. Popular in baseball, themed nightsare when the game is themed similar tothe same themed nights you experienceon a quiet Saturday in your local beforepay day, only with more diverse andimpressive subjects. Today was “Croatianfan night”, with hand towels handed out, alarge Croatian shirt unveiled in thecheaper seats, and Davor Suker paradedon the pitch at half time. Make no mistake, MLS is
American.That doesn’t make it a bad thing, au contraire.You see, with it both being a very new league and the level of cultural diversity in the States, thegames themselves are rather well supported. Although stadiums aren’t full to the brim, the supportis extremely passionate, singing loudly throughout the game, equalling and even surpassing a lot of top European league games I’ve been to.To say that the fans aren’t passionate is alie, sure it may not get the mainstreammedia attention that other sports get, butthe fans care – more so than in gamessuch as baseball. Fans of the MLS haveadopted the European nature of caring forthe team. Further that with a surprisinglyin-depth knowledge of the world gameand an MLS game is a welcome slice of home when you are abroad.Onto the game itself and the standard of football was great, if not amazing. NewEngland Revolution started brightly, winning a few early chances. After 20 minutes the New York RedBulls, with their front line of ex Arsenal & Barcelona Thierry Henry and ex Shrewsbury Town & NottsCounty Luke Rodgers, imposed themselves on the game. After 35 minutes, Red Bulls conceded apenalty, which was saved by Greg Sutton. Following this, Red Bulls seemed to spur on, taking the lead5 minutes before time when a cross from the right wing was turned into the net by Revolution’s RyanColchrane. Come the half time break, Red Bulls were 1-0 up.