Sunday, September 21, 2008

Number 3

6,083. That is, apparently, the number of people that were at Ludwig Field (including the four of us) Friday night to watch Sasho Cirovski become the most victorious gaffer in the college program's history.

6,083 -- 22 less than the total attendance at RFK for United's CONCACAF match against Saprissa.

Although United is in a tailspin (the 5-2 drubbing at the Home Depot Center can be attributed in equal halves to inexcusable giveaways on poor touches and horrific refereeing), this has been a banner six months of soccer fandom for me. I have gone from watching the likes of Mbuta, Robson, Healy, Brooks, Teixeira, and Harada perform well for CP Baltimore to following Wallace, Hall, Gonzalez, Delagarza, Kassel, Yates, Zusi, and Swaim ("Will's got skills") at the University of Maryland.

Much of the attendance can be attributed to a promotion that got soccer-playing kids from the surrounding are out to the match, but Friday night's matchup against current #1 and reigning NCAA champs Wake Forest should be able to draw big numbers all on its own.

The Terps are fielding a very talented, very entertaining team this season and demand attention from area soccer fans. A Tuesday night game against American at home precedes the Wake Forest match.

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