In case you didn’t see it this morning in advance of tonight’s US men’s national team match, Sam Borden of the New York Times wrote a piece about the USA’s revolving home stadium.
It’s a well-known fact that USA soccer frequently plays for not-so-friendly crowds inside its own borders. It’s for that precise reason you won’t find USA World Cup qualifying matches in California, Arizona or Texas this year.
In his piece, Borden is careful to point this out. Given that perspective, it’s easy to understand why US Soccer would select Rio Tinto Stadium, Sporting Park in Kansas City, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and Columbus Crew Stadium in favor of the Rose Bowl, BBVA Compass Stadium, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the L.A. Coliseum or University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Comparatively speaking, the RioT is indeed relatively obscure. It’s fairly reasonable to say that the RioT is even upstaged within the state’s own borders. Sports fans across America probably recognize LaVell Edwards Stadium, Rice-Eccles Stadium and EnergySolutions Arena much more readily than Rio Tinto.
But are RSL, Rio Tinto Stadium and Sandy really more obscure than the now-cancelled HBO series “Big Love?”
Not according to Borden, who describes Sandy as “a suburb of Salt Lake City perhaps best known for being the home of the Henricksons, the fictional fundamentalist Mormon family on the popular HBO series ‘Big Love.’ The Henricksons were a man, his three wives and their eight children on the show, which ran from 2006 to 2011.”
Is Borden off the mark, or did he hit it straight on? Tell me in the comments.