No, I didn’t just do another composite image here of Orlando City Stadium (becoming known as The Fortress, for its level of fan support for Orlando City SC); I took this photo myself last Saturday, prior to kickoff, when I was down in Orlando with my husband for our annual trip to watch the team at home. It was a heck of a walk between where I parked and the new stadium; but the walk was worth it in the end (and I easily made my step goal for the day). Beautiful sight lines from almost anywhere inside; lovely neighbors around me to watch the game and root for our guys in purple — and LOUD!!! The stadium has sold out every home game to date, and probably will sell most tickets easily for the year (one reason I went in April instead of for the home opener: I couldn’t get a ticket for a decent price).
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MLS soccer season is on us again, and the Lions opened at home once more — three years in a row! You can’t beat that luck.
Well, actually, we did — WE WON!!! No nerve-straining, pull-it-out-at-the-last-minute draw this year; it’s a clear win, and a full three points on the standings — and we did it before a sold-out house once more, in a brand-new, LOUD stadium all our own. I only wish I could have attended this year, but schedules didn’t work out in my favor this time. I’ll have to hope that I can get down to Orlando sometime during the season, so I can scream my lungs out for another year. And watch for when Orlando City drives up the Interstate to Atlanta to play United there.
It’s late and I really need to get some sleep, but I wanted to share with you the perfect capper to this past 4th of July weekend. I had to work last night, so I didn’t see Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and all the others of the US Women’s Team win in convincing fashion against Japan in the finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Fortunately, I have it on the DVR, and Monday is a day off for me. My son will consider me insane; to me, who went to a college with soccer as our fall game, it’s perfectly logical.
I was worried, especially after our game against Colombia. At times it seemed that the team was phoning in their play. But they kept winning, and kept denying the other sides a single goal. Sunday in Vancouver paid off our faith in them. Well done! You’ve earned your third winner’s star, and no doubt about it.
Why do I jump for joy now? Because of two things. First, I’m on my way to Florida to catch a spring training game for my Detroit Tigers next week. That will be a good thing, even though I have to go to the Phillies’ stadium in Clearwater to see the game, instead of Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. C’est la guerre…. The second takes precedence this year, though, and is why I’m in my soccer kit instead of my Tigers jacket. I’m also on my way to Orlando, where I lived for 14 years, to catch the first game for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, on Sunday.
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Oy! Referee!! Weren’t you lookin’? That was a yellow card at the least!!
So, what am I doing on my, uh, posterior in such an undignified pose? Very simple; I’m talking about politics.
Well, in part I may be, but more on that below. First, a rambling explanation….
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