Bruce in Cologne Internet Cafe
Day 4 for me.
I read where Claudio Reyna said the US team had a strong lack of World Cup experience on the field in that miserable 3-0 loss to the Czech#s yesterday. He must be on some fancy type drugs, cuz by my count 9 of the starting 11 had WC experience, and 2 of the 3 subs did as well. Where as the Czech team had 0 WC caps between them all.
I have already named the match Der Schtink Bomb. It just sucked in every way. As the match ended I sat in my seat thinking, I traveled all this way to watch this crap? I should probably drop an email to US Soccer and demand they refund my money.
Don't get me wrong, there was a very high quality team on the field last night, it just was not ours. The Czech Republic was excellent, and I told a lot of their fans that after the game.
The trains to and from the match were an ugly, hot sweatz, way overcrowded cattle call. Every time an empty train would show up on the platform the massive crowds would just push and shove, while yelling. I hated every second of it.
I didn't think the stadium was much better either. It was pretty warm in there, although the site lines were great. Their biggest mistake was selling the food and drinks seperately which left the drink line with 200 people in it for every 10 in the food line. Yet both lines had the same number of workers. So much for the myth of German efficiency.
The cities I have traveled to so far have all been great. Frankfurt, Cologne & Gelsenkirchen. Today I am off to London and then Banbury.
The people we have met are excellent, and the sausages you buy on the street are tremendous.
Bye for now!