USA vs. Mexico Countdown: Matchday is here, and so are the USA fans

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When a Mexican journalist asked Landon Donovan if he was disappointed that there were Mexican fans but no American fans at Crew Stadium for Tuesday's final practices ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier, Donovan expressed confidence that American fans would make their presence known soon enough.

"They're coming," Donovan said. "They'll be here tomorrow."

He wasn't lying.

U.S. national team fans from all over the United States (43 different states according to U.S. Soccer) have converged (and are converging) on Columbus for tonight's USA-Mexico match and the evidence was on display at Claddagh's Irish Pub in Columbus on Tuesday night. Sam's Army, the U.S. national team's longest serving Supporter's Group, hosted a party that was truly a summit of American soccer fans. You had D.C. United fans and New England Revolution fans cheering alongside New York Red Bulls fans. You had LA Galaxy jerseys and Seattle Sounders jerseys. Club allegiances were set aside in favor of love of country and hatred for the U.S. national team's biggest rival.

I met fans from California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas and Washington last night. Some fans drove, some flew in, some took buses and some took trains. They all made it though and all were filled with excitement about a match that means more to American fans than some observers realize.

More and more U.S. fans realize how important this game is, and how significant it is for them to be here, in this rainy Midwestern town to cheer on a team that has dominated Mexico so thoroughly in recent years that Mexican fans and media actually sound doubtful that Mexico can win tonight.

After cheering for an underdog for so many years, U.S. fans are now cheering for the favorites, the champions of CONCACAF, a new role for the U.S. national team, a role that has fans from all over the United States eager to see them and cheer them on.

That will be on display tonight, when Crew Stadium is awash in red and fans from every corner of this country will sing in unison and show Mexican fans (and journalists) that they have grown as a group just as the U.S. national team has grown.

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57 Responses to USA vs. Mexico Countdown: Matchday is here, and so are the USA fans

  1. Wispy says:

    God, it’s KILLING me not to be there.

  2. Brice says:

    hell ya! 2-0! 2-0! I’m ready for tonight! throwin a lil party at my house. this is MY superbowl!

  3. mb says:

    let’s hope the stadium is full of red and in good voice. and that we thoroughly demoralize Mexico and its fans. i’d like to see Torres score a goal and then kiss the crest. amen.

  4. yameson says:

    I agree with Wispy! I wish I were there. Go US!

  5. Dave says:

    Hey Ives, can we get some pics?

  6. tilt215 says:

    Aye ya ya ya, somebody stole my sumbrero…. that dirty old rat, has stolen my hat, and now i have nothing to wear-o………… wear-o

  7. mb says:

    it would also be nice to see some former US MNT players mingle in with Sam’s Army and lead some chants. can you imagine Brian McBride in his old jersey in the stands with painted blood on his face (ala Johnny Depp in once upon a time in mexico link to img.photobucket.com) leading the chants? awesome.

  8. D Sad says:

    it’s going to be an interesting night with the weather. Storms look pretty intense that are coming through

  9. blog says:

    USA! USA! USA! I think the final score will be 3-1 in favor of the boys in red, white, and blue! I really wouldn’t mind a clean sheet for TH though.

  10. TheUltra says:

    Mb that would be brilliant! I can’t wait to see this game tonight! I’m cutting my last two classes to make it in time with 4 of my buddies who are driving up from Ohio U. Dos a Cero, The Yanks are comin’!

  11. Zoti says:

    Was there in 2005 and it pains me not to be there this time around. Wednesday qualifiers BLOW, especially when you have to drive 10 hrs from Brooklyn.

  12. giaco says:

    Chicago bus is now en route…..they’ll see you guys this evening.

  13. Paul says:

    Leaving Michigan at noon, ready to party and sing and hopefully stay dry

  14. TimN says:

    The U.S. will need to curtail their emotion and execute their game. Erikson is a good tactician, and you can be assured the Mexicans will come techinically prepared. No question they will be psyched up for a win on U.S. soil. Go USA!

  15. jab says:

    Coming from WV – not sure if it was one of the 43 reported.

    wind conditions look crazy.

  16. Eric Griesheimer says:

    “And thats the way we like it, we like it, we like it”. Thats going to be a great game. I am from Columbus but live in Nashville. I decided to go to the Trinidad game. Very sad to missing the game tonight.

    Beat Mexico!!!

  17. Erik Abarca says:

    The over is a lock for this game.

  18. quakes fan says:

    I got to work early so I could leave early in order to be home for the 4pm start (pacific time). This match up is the one that by far gets me most pumped up. I hope the weather doesn’t hinder the match flow all that much. A 2-0 score would be priceless.

  19. jtd says:

    i got goosebumps reading this piece. wow!!!

    can’t wait for the match tonight.

    ives, for everything that you do with this site, which by it’s nature adds to this type of hype/experience, thank-you.

    usa, usa, usa!!!!!!!

  20. Reid says:

    love the commitment quakes fan, always take the start times for granted on the east coast.

    Been looking forward to this day for weeks

  21. Rocco says:

    I hope the game is carried on HD on ESPN.

  22. Cam says:

    The atmosphere from the USA vs. Russia hockey game at Lake Placid in 1980 can never be re-created, but this is as close as we’ll get. USA ALL THE WAY!!!

    USA 4 – mex 0

  23. Barry Jive and His Uptown Five says:

    Rocco, the game is on the Deuce in HD.

  24. D Sad says:

    yep it’s competing with UNC vs. Duke on ESPN and ‘the powers that be’ would never want to put a high profiled game on normal ESPN…………lame

  25. bubba says:

    USA!!! USA!!!

  26. rednow.red4ever says:

    @ D Sad:

    The good, but sadder thing, is that the match is actually not even competing with Duke-N.C. UConn-‘Cuse is on at 7 ET on ESPN, the Duke game is following with an uber late 9 ET start.

  27. Ted says:

    I’ll be watching on ESPN 360 as I design the sports pages tonight. I’m not missing out on much, all my soccer buddies have to work tonight, as well.

    3-1 USA, Gooch, Donovan and Altidore for the U.S., Pardo from the penalty spot.

  28. John V. says:

    Pleasepleasepleaseplease don’t let the weather ruin this one.

  29. Jules says:

    I’m leaving work early and driving down to Long Beach today. Does anyone know of a good bar I can go to watch?

  30. jacko says:

    Seattle is all for the 3-1 USA

    Azteca is ours!!

  31. Kevin says:

    USA can kiss my ass….

    Mexico has to and will win!!

    MEXICO MEXICO MEXICO!!!!

    2-0

  32. Bryant says:

    Can we get a “Shut Up Sven!” chant started in the Nordecke tonight?

  33. Sean says:

    I will be making my way to the Sam’s Army party.

    USA! All the way!

  34. Carlo says:

    Here is a Chant for anyone going to the GAME. Scream it! OLE OLE OLE OLE GRINGOS, GRINGOS OLE OLE OLE OLE GRINGOS GRINGOS. Good article Ives.

  35. Frank says:

    I’m not even American but am looking forward to a great game, a win for the US. I’m so excited…not getting much work done.

  36. I live in Western Ky where the weather leaves us and hits columbus in 2-3 hours, and I can tell you it’s going to be windy as all get out. About dinner time tonight is when you will be seeing the 50-60 MPH gusts we’ll be getting around 3 pm. It’s going to be a bad night for keepers to chase those high floating shots. Keep the ball on the ground boys!

  37. Ives–please get a post going soon about the Nashville game so we can make some plans–It won’t be as intense as US-Mexico so I doubt we can just stumble into a bunch of US fans, we need to organize that one! Too many bars downtown close to the stadium to pick from–oh what a wonderful problem to have!

  38. jtd says:

    in st pl mn… heading to the sweetwater… any other takers? the place should be packed.

    usa!

  39. ERic says:

    I want to see pics from the pub!

  40. Joe in Fla says:

    I have a ticket but cant make it. Its kiling me.

    “IT” Will not win tonight thou. GO USA.

  41. expectdelay says:

    Will the game actually be broadcast in HD? Just being on ESPN2 doesn’t always mean it will be in HD. I am hoping…

  42. D Sad says:

    Nope it’s on HD too if you check espn

  43. Tavis says:

    Goosebumps. Can’t wait!!

  44. brentmcd says:

    USA Mexico 2005 from Columbus on ESPN-Classic right now. More goosebumps. Can’t wait for tonight. Go USA!

  45. Zach says:

    BRAVO IVES, BRAVO!!!

  46. Xander Crews says:

    My stupid indoor league scheduled a game for 8 tonight, so I’ll be catching it on the DVR – can’t wait!

  47. jonathan R says:

    Dis is goin 2 be da best game fo da year……..Its goin 2 b really crazy………..MEXICO!! MEXICO!! MEXICO!! MEIXCO!!

  48. Nick Sindt says:

    I’m sick to my stomach that I can’t be there, expecially since I have such fond memories of Crew Stadium (WC 2006 Qualifier against Mexico). For good reasons, my wife put her foot down on letting me go to this game.

  49. Juan says:

    So what if Mexico wins?

  50. soccerroo says:

    Just arrived from Dallas. weather is nice right now. only 5 1/2 hours to go

  51. Nick C says:

    Hell yeah, this is party time! I’m studying abroad in Mexico right now and tonight me and the other guys I’m abroad with (and basically all the americans here as well, even some english and a few canadians) are heading out to our favorite bar tonight to watch the massive ass-kicking the USA is going to give mexico. The beer will be flowing, the singing will be loud, we’ve got a flag, and we’re gonna win tonight!

  52. dbex says:

    LOL, Nick C, have fun. To quote Field of Dreams, “watch out ya don’t get killed.”

  53. bubba says:

    Yeah Nick C be careful… I’ve done that before and bottles just happen to fly around at such gatherings… Lol… Have a good time man…

  54. girlywoman says:

    uhm… so what time does the game start?

    or has it started n whats the score?

  55. girlywoman says:

    omg so like US won 2-0

    both teamz still qualify for da cup

    so datz good i guess