Monday, June 09, 2008
USA & Trinidad May/June 2008
Major League Soccer
New England Revolution v DC United (2-2)
Some 8,000 or so watched this game in the 70,000 capacity Gillette stadium.
At least there was plenty of car parking space.
In a game of two halves DC take the first & Revolution the second.
New England Revolution 2 Dallas 1
played before the Brazil v Venezuela friendly , Revolution were quick out of the blocks , scoring early , consolidating their lead and tending to back off in the 2nd half . Dallas got one back but it was not enough.
Brazil v Venezuela (0-2)
The first ever win for Venezuela over Brazil. Not that they had too many fans inside the Gillette stadium to see their triumph as it was packed with yellow shirts - though probably not too many actuallly travelled from Brazil. This time we had an attendance of 54,000 and the traffic was horrendous.
For the first goal Venezuela broke the offside trap and Maldonaldo's neat chip did the rest. After a mistake by Hernandez of Brazil Vargas produced a trick and a decisive finish for a great 2nd goal. They hold on well enough in the second half. Brazil were moderate e.g. Adriano and Robinho not too involved.
and as an alternative sport ..... Baseball
New York Mets v LA Dodgers
As of next year the Mets will be playing next door as Shea Stadium is being replaced.
But for now over 52,000 turned out on this night to see them lose 9-5 to the Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinatti Reds
The third biggest ever crowd at this stadium, 45,492, saw the Phillies shutout (pitched by Cole Hamels) the Reds 5-0.
Most came to see if the Reds Ken Griffey Jr could reach the 600 home run milestone.
In the end he came close but had to wait.
Back to the Football..... Trinidad & Tobago v England (0-3)
A big event in T & T as the locals celebrated 100 years of football.
For Fabio Capello and England it was a competent enough performance and, importantly, no goals conceded.
The conditions were warm but not oppressive and didn't seem to affect our players.
Generally the locals took the comprehensive defeat well (T & T created little) and seemed to, at least, match our fans capacity for drink.
Aside from the football when the sun shined it was very hot.
Though the islands had a somewhat end-of-season feeling with the rainy season approaching it was a pleasant diversion to see the Caribbean. In particular a tour of Tobago with its impressive coastline and rain forest.
Naturally in the States there were no shortage of ...starbucks - that'll be a double decaf, no whip, vanilla. grande frapuccino (for Bill)
for more pics see http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/52032278