Why U.S. vs. Canada mens national team game is opportunity for Houston Soccer Community

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?

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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.
Plan now.
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!

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Comments

  1. William says:

    Glenn- Like your call out for support for upcoming USMNT game VS. Canada.
    Glad to see Houston get a game. Last several years it’s been January games out here on West Coast at HDC. Less than enthusiastic, and small crowds have been the norm last few season’s. Even thought it’s a Tuesday night,Expect to see Dynamo fans step it up a notch!

  2. Glenn Davis says:

    It is an opportunity William, no excuses if we want more games of this stature to be considered in this city.

  3. Edwin says:

    Not really sure if small crowds is what I would use to describe the January Camp games at the HDC William, small US CROWDS that’s for sure lol against Honduras there was a nice 20K or more crowd there but it was a big time pro-Honduran crowd….and against Chile last year about the same but more US fans that time. Then against Costa Rica in Jurgen’s 2nd game and 1st while actually holding a camp…I think there was a half full crowd or maybe 18k….not sure

    Either way I hope Houston responds as Glendale/Phoenix area did this year when Jurgen chose to host 2 games, one here in the states in AZ and the other at Panama. The one at University of Phoenix Stadium vs Venezuela was a success if you ask me with 21K I think it was. I hope Houston can pack a nice 20-22K into BBVA there’s a chance you’ll see Bruin, Sarkodie and even maybe Tally Hall in camp. Probably Andre Hainault too

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