The good thing about having friends is when you are down, they try to understand. As a last effort of trying to understand my situation, my friends invited me to a soccer game. I didn’t think too much of it at first. However, this event would change my outlook on the American culture.
Hudson River taken by Hugo Morel
Started off as a normal day of hanging out at the park. Saw a beautiful view of the Hudson River and had to take a photo. One of my friends called me asking, if I would like to go to a soccer game for a local professional team. I agreed, since I wanted to take my mind off all the changes that were happening to me.
Red bulls rally taken by Hugo Morel
Took the Jersey transit to go to the red bulls arena. The trip was actually very short from Pennsylvania station in New York City. Eventually, met my friend who was really pushing me to buy a red shirt. Of course, me being the “socially aware” person I am, I wore blue. The team the NY red bulls were facing had blue jerseys. Apparently, this is was like walking to a gang territory wearing the wrong colors. By the photo above, you can see how much they love red.
People starting fires taken by Hugo Morel
Somehow and someway, I got dragged into a rally. They shut down the whole street. Everyone was either drunk or just crazy passionate fans. They started fires in the middle of the road. Cars couldn’t go through. Had no idea how I got into this, I was just following the crowd. Moral of the story, never follow a group of sport fans.
Red bulls arena taken by Hugo Morel
When I got to the stadium and never in my wildest dreams did I expected Americans to be so excited about “soccer”/football! Growing up, the only sports that mattered were basketball, baseball and American football (the one with tackling, Sundays nights and tons of beer). I had to pinch myself a bit. Seriously thought, I never left Europe for a second. Unless, the San Francisco Bay Area’s cultural importance on sports wasn’t the American norm.
Game starting taken by Hugo Morel
So apparently, my friend hooked me up with seats that only loyal paying fans were allowed to sit. It was very chaotic! Very minute, there was a new song about the red bulls. All I kept thinking was, “all this for a soccer game?” “Am I really in the USA right now?” Still stunned, I saw a fan running into the field. I couldn’t believe it. I expected this for American football games, not for soccer.
Random guy being taken off the field taken by Hugo Morel
Not entirely sure what was going on in his brain at that moment. However, the guy didn’t look too proud. Seriously, still can’t believe this was an American soccer game. Ironically, the next big trip was I going to make, is a country where soccer is the national sport.
Forgot who won, to be honest. The whole time, I was just overwhelmed at the culture shock. My friend showed me that there’s more to the American culture than what is on the Media. In this diverse and beautiful country, there’s something for everybody. Regardless of your interest, this country gives you the freedom to express your hobbies and passions.
Thank you for reading!! Much love!! Have an awesome weekend!!
What an amazing history!!
Thank you! I was born and raised in the USA and I appreciate your view! The majority of the media are paid professional liars bent on causing social chaos and strife. They do not represent us well at all and they never show how great the country actually is.
Soccer has become big here. Our pro team here, the Colorado Rapids, is very popular. My kids played soccer for a few years. By the way, I will be praying for you regarding what was making you down. God bless you!
I started seeing that the more I travel. What the media says and what is actually true tend to be two different things. Yes, I noticed that as well. The media is using tactics to divide people. Glad you are open to the truth!
That’s awesome! Hope your kids well being and a very bright future. Thank you so much Ryan. You are one of the most caring people on here. Much appreciated. God bless you and your family!
Pretty interesting, although I’m not sure what the Hudson River is doing in San Francisco. I didn’t realize soccer was catching on so well, here. Nonetheless I still can’t get into it, try though I may.
No haha I meant I grew up in San Francisco. Currently live in NYC. Sorry for the confusion. Yeah, same. Soccer is not my type of sport. I find it over dramatic lol
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Great post! 🙂
Thank you so much! 😁
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We are soccer crazy in Houston/Texas. Hoping the next big event is hosting the World Cup. Seriously – best soccer fans ever. Enjoyed your post.