Tonight at Azteca Stadium the US Men's National Team will attempt to get their second straight win in the stadium over Mexico and their first ever in a World Cup qualifier. Many US supporters have made the trip both for this game and previous matches and it's a trip that is likely on the bucket list of many a US soccer fan.
Daniel Robertson, the former manager of our FC Dallas blog Big D Soccer, took the trip four years ago and shared some stories from his experience traveling to Mexico City and attending a match in Azteca. It's a great story and serves as a good primer for anyone considering making a future trip to experience a US vs. Mexico match south of the border.
Despite arriving over three hours before kickoff, the action around Estadio Azteca had already reached a fevered pitch. In the legendary stadium, the massive upper deck is general admission while the lower deck is reserved seating so there were already thousands of people outside the stadium with horns, whistles and everything else you can imagine.
For awhile we teemed around without much notice, though someone got the bright idea to start chanting and things began to get a little bit wild.
I will give Daniel credit for being far braver than myself and being willing to walk into the lion's den that is Azteca stadium when the USMNT visits. There's no doubt it would be a tremendous experience and if the USA fails to get a win today, the incentive of being in the stadium with the US finally wins a qualifier at Azteca will remain a nice carrot for many supporters.