I'm starting to get excited for my second soccer trip of the year (I was in Baltimore for the MLS Draft with my fellow members of the Empire Supporters Club).
The plans have been made:
Time requested off the job.... check.
Airplane ticket purchased .... check.
Hotel booked .... check.
Tickets in hand .... check.
I've never been to the land of country music, southern bbq, and a good ole' southern good time. Should be an excellent trip capped by watching Jozy and the gang qualify for Beijing.
But that's not all.
The qualification process begins Tuesday, March 11 for the boys in Tampa. A three game, four team group with the top 2 teams making it to Nashville. With the amount of talent on the US roster, this should not be a problem.
A viewing for the US Olympic teams game on March 15 should happen. Haven't had a bar viewing since US/Mexico back in February. At that game, we had over 100 people fill a room at Stout in midtown Manhattan to see Baby Primetown score his first goal for the senior national team.
Less than a week later, the Nashville trip will arrive where all sorts of crazy adventures will take place.
On March 29, perhaps the greatest club rivalry in the world will occur when Celtic play Rangers. I will be watching this Old Firm match for the first time at the Scots American Club in Kearny, New Jersey. The Scots Club is a landmark in the area having hosted the likes of Sean Connery, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Kearny's own John Harkes. I recently became a member of this historic club and look forward to catching this game with the club's very own Rangers Supporters Group.
Later that day, the 2008 MLS Season kicks off and I will stay in Kearny for the ESC's Kickoff Opening Event which will take place at Kearny's Irish American Club.
It's early in the year, but winter is over and soccer is finally here.