Last night I went to my first North American Soccer League game. The NASL teams are below MLS teams, but from what I learned last night, if you do well in the NASL you can be moved up to the MLS.
The game was the Atlanta Silverbacks vs the Montreal Impact, who is actually headed to the MLS. (Side note - Montreal has enough fans to have a soccer team?? Who knew.) We got free tickets from the soccer league that Stephen plays in because Wednesday nights are his games nights. With free tickets, why not check it out. We actually had a great time. We met up with a bunch of friends before the game to tailgate and sat together for the game. Watching a soccer game that close it pretty fun - much different than watching the World Cup on TV.
The game moved pretty quickly with all of the usual soccer highlights, great goals, flopping, yellow cards and even one red card. We had a slight game delay because of lightening in the area, no big deal, we headed back to the car for another beer. The team even has some fans! Pretty sure they're friends and family members of the players, but hey, there were people cheering in the stands wearing Silverbacks jerseys. It was a pretty neat atmosphere for young kids, something to keep in mind 10 years down the line when I have a young kid... maybe.
All in all, a pretty fun night doing something new and getting to share the experience with friends.