Since Hans und Franz has an incredible review up for the game from the televised perspective, I figured I'd give the live game experience. I am a member of Garden State Supporters (GSS) and sit in the southward of the stadium. While our membership isn't comparable to ESC's as far as numbers go, we are just as passionate and loud as the other support clubs.
The announced attendance for the game was 11,000 but from the game, there may have been 7,500 people there. Even with the small crowd, the stadium was incredibly loud. I haven't actually ever heard the two support sections that loud before, so you can understand how surprised it was.
Now for the game, I need to say the team played amazingly well and as a cohesive unit. They were constantly attacking and the defense played a very smart and tough game. The Bouna Time Coundoul showed up and showed why the team is giving him the starting nod. I've been pretty critical as have most fans about the team giving Sutton the nod after losing 4 straight regular season games. Most teams would have benched their starter to let him reset and fix whatever it is that has been causing his missteps. Hans let him play through his mistakes and last night seemed like he finally put them behind him.
Juan Pablo Angel saved the day, again. I gotta stop selling him short as playing on a natural grass field has definitely improved his game from past seasons. The goal was amazing. A 28 yard out free kick with 10 seconds left in the game? You can't write a better ending with the captain of the team putting it in. Ubi's goal was just as nice and shows that the team has threats not just from their attackers but also the midfield, which is a nice change of pace from previous seasons.
In the 89th minute our section went shirts off for the remainder of the game and our section went crazy. We marched back to mmmBellos shirtless and celebrated at the bar. If you haven't been to a game yet, I implore you to do so, you won't be disappointed in the atmosphere.