The Big Day!
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It‚Äôs FOOTBALL DAY!!! The MLS Cup is tonight and everyone is out walking around in their RSL gear. I have seen a few in LA gear but we outnumber them 10 to 1.
I also have seen a few people walking around in Houston Dynamo gear. I did see one guy in a Colorado Rapids shirt and I had to make sure I let him know what I think of the Crapids; I‚Äôm sure he appreciated my kind words.
down to Pike Place Market for a little sightseeing/shopping and find some food.
I was shocked how many people are out walking around in RSL gear! Found a cool
used book store and picked up ‚ÄėThe Bourne Legacy‚Äô since I am almost done with
my current book. I ended up eating at Pike Place Bar & Grill that is up on
the second floor of the
I‚Äôm back at the room now relaxing a little before heading down to meet everyone at F.X. McRory‚Äôs. From there we will mass together and march to the stadium.
Walked down to F.X. McRory‚Äôs and the sun was starting to come out finally.
I meet up with all my RCB mates down at the pub and we stood out on the deck singing our praises for RSL and letting any unlucky LA fan that happened by how we felt about them and their club. We had quickly gathered a large crowd of RSL fans around us that were either being amused by our antics, or joined in with us. We eventually massed together and walked down the street to a square that was the designated meeting point for the RSL fans and Seattle Sounder fans. Drew Carrey was even supposed to be there to march with us into the stadium; this all included some stupid marching band. Well there was no way I was letting some home town supporters, Drew Carrey and some bloody marching band lead us into our championship match! A bunch of us from the RCB jumped out in front of the march and lead the way.
where are the Galaxy supporters? This was running through all our minds. They
were nowhere to be found; sure we ran across a few idiots sporting Beckham or
Donovan shirts and they were quickly berated. Once inside this massive stadium
we set off to find our section, which has been relegated all the way up to the
nosebleeds. After an elevator ride to the top of the stadium we found our
section. Good to see all the
The match itself was very exciting, LA scored first but we were able to equalize which then sent the match into overtime. Throughout the match the entire upper deck of RSL fans were able to get bellow down upon the pitch our support for our club. I was later told by press member down on the pitch level they could hear us over the entire stadium. There seemed to be more RSL fans here than some home matches at The Riot!
With the score still at a draw with the overtime coming to
an end it was looking like for the 2nd straight match RSL was going
into PK‚Äôs to decide the outcome. All of us knew we had the best keeper with
Nick Rimando in net, but still could we as fans survive another tense PK
session? Rimando was a stud and saved a few shots and then Donovan booted his
kick over the woodwork! Robbie Russell stepped up and put the game winner in
the back of the net and a mixture of elation and jubilation erupted in the RSL
supporters section. A rumor started circulating that we The RCB would be
allowed out on the pitch with the team. So off we went a mad mans dash down the
large winding walkway from the top of the stadium all the way down to the
pitch. The whole way down we are singing and yelling; 30 plus large guys mostly
all dressed in black rushing towards you might look like a scary sight. No
wonder why everyone was giving us a very wide berth as we ran past. We finally
made our way down to the front row which sits about 5-
Outside of the stadium we stopped by F.X. McRory‚Äôs for some drinks. Again we found ourselves out on the deck celebrating the victory. Along came a drunken LA fan who felt his five other friends with him were going to back him up. His friends took one look at us and decided it was time to drag his friend away before he got them all in trouble.
I finally made it back to my room and drank a bunch of Gatorade and took an 800mg IBP for my pounding head. After resting for an hour or so I headed off to the teams hotel to celebrate with the team. By the time I got there it was fairly mellow time down in the hotel bar. Was able to talk with most of the team and congratulate them on their victory. They were all so very gracious for us being there and supporting them all season long, through Victory & Strife.