No. 4, Janel McCarville at 205 lbs was one of the larger girls and she tended to impose herself.
Real Salt Lake 2 Toronto 1
Currently playing at the Rice Eccles stadium - which means you watch the game played across the prominent American Football markings and as is typical a small crowd (12,000) had plenty of space in a very large ground.
RSL lead their league and they consolidated - just about - taking the lead then being pegged back later in 2nd and seeing Findley sweep in the winner. Familiar names amongst the Toronto team included Carl Robinson, Laurent Robert and Rohan Ricketts.
The next evening your correspondent saw the Bees , the local Pacific League baseball team, beat New Orleans 11-6 . Though the surrounding area is not as salubrious as downtown the ballpark is pleasant with grassy picnic areas for the families.
Deep in the heart of Texas...
It was even at 3-3 until the 8th when Loretta secured the victory.
Nearby the Houston Space Center provides a diverting couple of hours - see Mission control, the Saturn V rocket and other space equipment amongst a tour of the complex. The kids get to play the numerous games in the exhibition centre.
In the evening at Robertson stadium the MLS team Houston Dynamo took on Columbus Crew.
Nearby this University ground the neighbourhood is not the best but safe enough - in a car.
Houston Dynamo 2 Columbus Crew 0
Houston didn't really have much of a problem as Columbus crashed and burned.
A predominently orange clad crowd was quite lively, including some pseudo Argentinian flags/chanting. They saw an Argentinian (Schelotto) star for the losers being generally being a class above the rest. But the Crew defence weakened and Houston took their chances.
Get up early and you can make the South West flight , via Las Vegas to Oakland.
Where LA Galaxy , including David Beckham and Landon Donovan , are the opposition for San Jose.
San Jose Earthquakes 3 LA Galaxy 2 at the Oakland Coliseum.
This was the best game of the four football games seen during this trip.
Bottom team San Jose partly inspired by Darren Huckerby led two nil , including a neat finish by the winger. LA pegged one back before the break with a trademark Becks cross for Donovan to head in.
LA showed more in the 2nd , equalised and looked favoured as San Jose tired but in a dramatic ending Cochrane knocked in the winner , with Huckerby involved again.
Ruud Gullitt was pleased with his team's effort despite the loss and Frank Yallop (of San Jose) happy though realistic.
This was to be Gullitt's last game in charge of LA.
26,000 came to see the Becks and co.
Some stayed on to see the players depart , others played football in the car park.
I strolled back to the Quality Inn and later had some Chinese food.
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