Monday, July 23, 2012

Making History: The Blues in the Bronx

 Last night I was part of history and had the opportunity of a lifetime to go see my favorite soccer team in the world play: Chelsea FC! The game took place at the new Yankee Stadium which is the first soccer game ever held at the venue. I was not sure how the turn out was going to be because soccer, in America at least, is still a sport growing financially and support wise, but the setting was perfect for great game. 38,202 people filled Yankee stadium and predominantly was covered in Royal Blue; Chelsea's home color. It is intriguing that soccer is the most popular sport in the world but does not come close to its other counter-parts, such as baseball, football and basketball in the US. But last night was a prime example of the sport becoming more and more popular in the States. Chelsea, a team based out of London and plays in the English Premier League, played Paris Saint-Germain; a French team that participates in Ligue 1 (highest soccer division in France). Both these teams are the some of the wealthiest clubs in the world and it is fitting they played in a stadium that cost $1.5 billion. It is pretty cool that historic soccer clubs come to the US because it exposes the sport in the country and it allows fans like myself who don't have the time or money to travel and watch them play.

It was awesome being to watch some of my favorite players like John Terry, David Luiz, Peter Cech and Ashley Cole. Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 and based out of Fulham, London where their home stadium, Stamford Bridge is located. Chelsea is currently ranked as the 7th most valuable club in the world and just came off of winning its first UEFA Champions League Trophy; the biggest club tournament in Europe.

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