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In-Person observations from USA-Jamaica

Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:00 pm
Posted by cwil177
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2011
28873 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:00 pm
Went to the game last night, walked away with a few observations:

1. CONCACAF seemed like they were just winging it during the first game to be better prepared for the second match. Examples:
- no replays during the first half
- there was no clock for the first half of extra time
- announcer could barely speak English, was hard to understand
- when additional time at the end of the halves was announced the Jumbotron read “extra time” or whatever, with a space underneath for the total number of minutes that just wasn’t filled in by technical staff, so we had to rely on listening to the announcer’s heavily accented English. Deaf? Get fricked.
- there was a cringe DJ and hype man throughout the game
2. Most fans were there supporting Mexico. These tickets were sold as a double header, and with the US game being first I think this had a big impact on the lack of fans for our game. Stands were a lot more filled as our game got closer to the Mexico Panama game. That said, it seemed like there were almost as many Jamaican fans as there were US fans.
- I saw zero advertising for this game around the DFW area, and it started at peak traffic time. Tickets were expensive but there were still plenty for sale right before kickoff. I would have saved ten bucks if I had bought my tickets right before the game.
- there were a few people there wearing US jerseys with a Mexico jersey underneath for the second game. One woman I saw had a jersey split down the middle, Mexico and US
3. A lot of the Mexico and Jamaica fans were fat, more so than the American fans I would say
4. Mexico fans booed the shite out of Pulisic every time he got the ball and especially on corner kicks. Lovely group.
5. Pepi got some cheers when he came on.
6. Our Uber drivers to and from the game were both from Ghana and driving dirty, crappy cars. Arlington is gonna be an embarrassment come 2026
7. There was a video before the game and at half time warning fans not to be racist/homophobic/inappropriate. It was made to look like two announcers reviewing a VAR call showing a fan with their mouth blurred out as they were cursing. The English version looked like the person was saying “a-hole,” and the Spanish version was clearly “puto” Everyone in the video was Hispanic

Crowd during national anthems:


Crowd at kickoff:


Crowd after Haji scored his first in extra time:

Posted by bad93ex
Walnut Cove
Member since Sep 2018
27886 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:05 pm to
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4. Mexico fans booed the shite out of Pulisic every time he got the ball and especially on corner kicks. Lovely group.


It is going to be so sweet when we kick the ever-living shite out of them on Sunday. Ochoa can EABD.
Posted by Alyosha
Member since Nov 2020
7226 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:05 pm to
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A lot of the Mexico and Jamaica fans were fat, more so than the American fans I would say

Posted by cwil177
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2011
28873 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:07 pm to
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It is going to be so sweet when we kick the ever-living shite out of them on Sunday. Ochoa can EABD.

God I hope so. I haven’t been to a Mexico US game since the 2010 gold cup, and I think I still have PTSD from that game. The Mexican fans were terrible.
Posted by Broski
Member since Jun 2011
72959 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:11 pm to
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- when additional time at the end of the halves was announced the Jumbotron read “extra time” or whatever, with a space underneath for the total number of minutes that just wasn’t filled in by technical staff, so we had to rely on listening to the announcer’s heavily accented English. Deaf? Get fricked.



It was an utter shite show even by CONCACAF standards/

The 4th official originally held up a board that said 4 minutes of stoppage time and then changed it to 5 minutes 20 seconds later.

Worked out for us, but still so dumb.
Posted by Girth Donor
Member since Apr 2011
3865 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 2:55 pm to
If you think all of that is bad, you should listen to the Mexican media. They legit think they are at least getting to the semi-finals of the Copa America. I'm not sure they get out of their group.
Posted by Broski
Member since Jun 2011
72959 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 3:00 pm to
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If you think all of that is bad, you should listen to the Mexican media. They legit think they are at least getting to the semi-finals of the Copa America. I'm not sure they get out of their group.



They are also sweeping under the rug how CONCACAF VAR drew a completely crooked line to award them a second goal last night.

It went from being called offside on the field to overturned without the head ref even taking a closer look.
Posted by AllDayEveryDay
Nawf Tejas
Member since Jun 2015
7352 posts
Posted on 3/22/24 at 3:35 pm to
Just got through the queue for the mexico game. Decided to wait until day of to buy tickets, based on your post and a few other reasons (like twins in the NICU).

If they're still expensive and/or I can't go it's all your fault.
Posted by cwil177
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2011
28873 posts
Posted on 3/23/24 at 8:44 am to
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If you think all of that is bad, you should listen to the Mexican media. They legit think they are at least getting to the semi-finals of the Copa America. I'm not sure they get out of their group.

How delusional are they? A 3-0 win against Panama and suddenly they are semi finalists? They lost to Chile 7-0 last copa america they played in
Posted by cwil177
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2011
28873 posts
Posted on 3/23/24 at 8:47 am to
Probably a different ticket situation for the final than the semi. Demand will probably be a lot higher.

Sorry about your kids. I hope everything’s ok.
Posted by saderade
America's City
Member since Jul 2005
25786 posts
Posted on 3/23/24 at 2:14 pm to
I’m hoping the Copa America game this summer is a little better organized and attended, which I expect it to be.
Posted by Girth Donor
Member since Apr 2011
3865 posts
Posted on 3/23/24 at 3:12 pm to
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How delusional are they? A 3-0 win against Panama and suddenly they are semi finalists? They lost to Chile 7-0 last copa america they played in


They have been saying this way before the Panama match. All of that time not having international matches made them completely forget how shite they are. Ecuador is the best team in their group. Venezuela has been playing well in SA qualifiers. Jamaica with a full squad can beat them for sure.
Posted by cwil177
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2011
28873 posts
Posted on 3/23/24 at 11:29 pm to
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I’m hoping the Copa America game this summer is a little better organized and attended, which I expect it to be.

I’ll be there too. I suspect there will at least be some advertising for that one, so hopefully the atmosphere is better.
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