WNT Oct 24, 2009
The U.S. team and 69,000 of their new Germans friends attended the Bayern Munich-Eintracht Frankfurt this afternoon at the spectacular Allianz Arena and were treated to a cracker-jack second half in which a dominating Bayern team went down, 1-0, only to roar back to win on the back of sub Arjen Robben, and scoredthe winning goal with just two minutes remaining. The U.S. team was treated very well and the security folks and ushers at the stadium were top class, as our our local liaisons. The team bus was given VIP parking, the players were ushered right into the stadium and the team actually got tickets in the first row. This just in: German efficiency is no myth. They weren't the best seats to see the shape of the game, but certainly awesome to see some of the stars of German soccer up close...and the team got a great look at the winning goal off the head of mammoth Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten. All-in-all, great stadium, some great players, some great action and certainly tremendous drama at the end. The U.S. team will get a taste of that fanaticism from right smack on the field on Oct. 29 when a crowd of almost 30,000 will watch the USA-Germany game in Augsburg.
The U.S. players were so close to the action that they could almost actually touch towering Italian striker Luca Toni and workhorse midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Of course, doing so might have gotten them ejected from the premises.