The US men's national team played a Gold Cup match in Detroit last night. I was interested to go to see Tim Howard and Landon Donovan - but to also gauge just how popular football is in Motown.
Prior to the match, and despite this only being the 2nd time since 1994 that a big game has been played in Detroit, the press gave nearly no coverage. A respectable 28,000 turned up to see an elastic Howard and a fizzing Donovan beat Canada.
What surprised me the most about this game, and a lot is made of the marketing potential of Howard (and LD) for Everton is that I counted 5 Everton shirts mingling in the crowd - more than anyone bar Barcelona - pretty impressive for a footballing tundra no?
Ed Bottomley, Posted 08/06/2011 at 05:11:50
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1 Posted 08/06/2011 at 19:02:33
OK it might have put us in hock but surely there was an opportunity to get some of that back in the biggest sports market in the globe. I wonder how many draws would have turned into wins with a player that has a good eye for a goal. Oh Jesus! I?m starting to reminisce.
2 Posted 08/06/2011 at 21:00:57
Ed, give me a shout bro and we can toss a beer in a pub next time Everton is live on TV.
3 Posted 08/06/2011 at 23:00:10
4 Posted 09/06/2011 at 01:24:39
5 Posted 09/06/2011 at 04:03:54
I'm really hoping I can get to DC and/or Philadelphia for the pre-season games over here in July. It will be interesting to see how many EFC shirts are in attendance. It will be hotter than hell though... unless we have more rain and tornados, and then it will be unfeasibly wet and windy. Oh for a good old tan from standing in the English rain...
6 Posted 09/06/2011 at 10:15:50
The lad did okay. Nothing more than that. If I remember correctly he was hoorible in a certain game (Man City at Goodison?) an more than that, Vic Anichebe was favoured over him for a few matches. Yes, when he made his debut at The Emirates he changed our style, as we were finnaly having dangermen on both flanks.
Good player, could do very well for us, if Moyes is brave enough to change the tactics and use Donovan in the proper way.
7 Posted 10/06/2011 at 08:21:24
The lad bought into are club and a special buzz and bond was formed.
It wasn't just about money or proving he could compete in a big league for himself, he gave his all and was proud to be a Evertonian even when the club wasn't playing imo.
The determination to produce good football for a new club seems to come second to money or even the weather for most footballers.
Footballers who show the commitment of Donavan are a dying breed add that to the undoubted pace and skill as well as chipping in with goals from midfield i imagine thats the kind of player managers dream of.
8 Posted 10/06/2011 at 12:07:56
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