2006-07-23

Revolution vs. Celtic FC

I saw the New England Revolution play Celtic FC Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough with my friends Andrew and Simon. I accidentally asked for the "$25 seats" instead of "tickets for the Fort," and ended up with seats on the north side of the stadium. We had a clear view of the Fort from there, and it was great to discover that you can hear the nice folks in the Fort everywhere in the stadium.

We met a friendly guy from Scotland, something that wouldn't have happened if we had sat in the Fort. He said he was a lower division player in Scotland who had suffered a major foot injury. His team forced him to take a year off, and he was spending it in the States working as a youth soccer coach at training camps run by MLS. He was excited to see Stevie Nicol coaching. His father is a Celtic season ticket holder, and he filled me in on some of Celtic's background. The team is from Glasgow. The club has an Irish theme and legions Irish and Irish-American supporters because it was founded by Irish monks. Four players from World Cup teams were absent, taking some time off between the Cup and the beginning of Scotland's season.

In the first half, both sides' A teams played to a 0-0 draw. Each side made a number of substitutions in the second half, and the B teams played to a 1-1 final score. Admittedly, the Rev's are in midseason form and Celtic has barely begun training, but it looked like this MLS team was very competitive with this year's Scottish league champs.

I sang to myself on the way out, and I haven't gotten the song out of my head since the match:

We're all part of Nicol's army,
We're all out to win the League!
And we'll really shake 'em up
When we win the [flipping] Cup!
Cause New England has the greatest football team!

(Words adapted from http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=364733)

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