When the U.S. Womens National team played at BBVA Compass Stadium this past week I walked away thinking a turn-out of around 15,000 fans was a success.
It was a great night with the U.S. Women clearly out-classing China in every category. Yes,C China was simply a “sparring partner” on this “fan appreciation” tour.
Quality soccer was seen but I walked away thinking what a great night for those in attendance but why was this not a full stadium?
I have often field the question of when the U.S. men’s team would play a game in Houston not piggy-backed as the “back up band” for Mexico.
Well guess what?
That opportunity has just been given to Houston to show itself off in support of the U.S. Men’s national team.
Today U.S. Soccer announced that the men will play Canada here at BBVA Compass Stadium on the 29th of January.
I am going to set the bar high and challenge this soccer community to make this a sell-out.
Shut down training at youth clubs to attend this game on a Tuesday night and make it a part of player development seeing the U.S. national team live.
College coaches encourage your players to attend! Adult leagues get on board and let’s make it happen.
If your are an association head of a soccer organization then step up to the plate of the “big picture”. Lead your organization and it’s constituents to this game and be big!
Don’t condition it and come up with excuses why you can’t be there.
If we can’t with a potential 6 million people in the Houston area sell this game out then why should we consider ourselves one of the top soccer communities in the U.S.?
Be there, be nationalistic, be prideful of Houston and it’s soccer culture.
I believe that 15,000 fans will be a disappointment. If you want more national team games here then lets send the message.
Butts in seats! This is opportunity!