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First Visit

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I finally made it to a MN United Football Club match in their home stadium, Allianz Field. Since it is located very close to Elysa’s home, she initiated having the four of us –Cyndie, me, Elysa, and Julian– go see a game as a celebration of my birthday earlier this summer. It took us until the last home game of the season to fit it into our schedule, but that turned out to be fan appreciation night, so it felt even more celebratory.

The night kicked off with another first for me. On the walk from Elysa’s neighborhood to the stadium, we stopped for dinner on Snelling Avenue at Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d had a knife and fork, but the spongy flatbread, injera for grabbing bite-sized portions of the spicy meats helped make the meal more out-of-this-world for me. Certainly out of my world.

From there, it was just a short distance across the street to the stadium and the thrills and spectacle of MLS soccer.

We landed great seats in a facility where there doesn’t appear to be any bad seats in the house. One feature I noticed right away was the impressive technology of lighting installed.

They didn’t seem as in control when it came to pyrotechnics.

The smoke from pregame on-field fireworks obscured the view and spoiled the air for longer than I think they would have liked.

The game was pretty entertaining, despite the time of possession being lopsided away from the home team, who spent most of their time on the defensive.

I snapped a shot as we set up for a corner kick.

Julian topped that when he captured a video of the free-kick which resulted in the tying goal in a 1-1 draw.

The match started under a misting rain, but the stadium seating is beneath an overhang that sheltered us from getting wet. That went a long way to securing the night as a very comfortable and entertaining experience.

It would have been great if the MNUFC Loons would have won, but on the other hand, at least they didn’t lose.

Too bad the NFL Vikings can’t say the same thing about their game on Sunday. (The outcome of that game was definitely NOT a first in my experience as a follower of our home teams.)

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Written by johnwhays

October 1, 2019 at 6:00 am