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Behind the Scenes in Guatemala

What's it like to be part of the U.S. delegation for a qualifier in Central America? Here's a taste.....

You'll love the fancy locker room, the Bob Marley lyrics on the chalkboard, the walk through the safety tunnel and the field-level highlights.


By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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awesome.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

forgot my name. awesome.

Posted by: steve-o | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

So what was with those lights?

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Vide wins goal of the week.

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Goff, who really cares about what it was like. Just give us the score...If we want that aspect we will just go to Lonely Planer.Com I thought that this was a soccer blog.

Oh sorry. My body was temporarily taken over by a single-minded "hater" (you know who you are) who doesn't realize that the intimate, Yank surrounded by the local fervor/flava that Goff is sharing will probably NEVER be experienced by 99.9999% of the rest of us. :)

Posted by: yankiboy | August 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Steve,
Are you going to do any articles for the Travel section - or maybe the politics section with your upcoming viaje a Cuba?
:-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Awesome!

Posted by: Sysco76 | August 27, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

you should try to get another interview with Gooch Onyewu. He just played 120 minutes for Standard Leige in a heartbreaking 1-0 last minute loss to Liverpool at Anfield Road. Kuyt beat his defender (not Gooch) at the far post to knock one over the line from Babel's left wing cross in about the 119th minute.

Gooch apparently had a very good game marking El Nino Torres but could have been called for a penalty in the 2nd overtime for fouling a different Liverpudlian.

It might have been his last game for Liege if he gets sold in what remains of the August transfer window.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 27, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if the Bob Marley quote was Hejduk's doing? Didn't he name his kid Nesta?

Posted by: ff | August 27, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

very cool vid.
the field looked like it was lit ok during warm ups and of course it looked ok at field level during the game.
Goff, in your own words, what was the deal? The broadcast was creepy almost, but maybe from your vantage point it wasn't that bad?
Thanks

Posted by: dadryan | August 27, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Awesome stuff and thanks for sharing.

(not unique to this game) I would like to see our boys SING loud with pride - along with our fans - during the playing of our national anthem. It always impresses and pumps me up to see the rugby guys scream out their lungs, why not for the men of US soccer? Let's hear it!

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, doesn't look any worse than RFK.

Posted by: Hoost | August 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

not unique to this game) I would like to see our boys SING loud with pride - along with our fans - during the playing of our national anthem. It always impresses and pumps me up to see the rugby guys scream out their lungs, why not for the men of US soccer? Let's hear it!

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 7:17 PM
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Hell yeah Paul!
I've been preaching this for, well, weeks on Soccer Insider. First of all, though, the fans have to sing the National Anthem. Other than the morons who remain silent except to shout "O," I'm usually the only one in my section who isn't afraid or embarrassed to sing the SSB.

Kudos to the Olympic Women's 8-person rowing team who belted out the SSB.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

like howard save at 5:00, it looks so easy on tv, but this perspective is great

Posted by: Atl | August 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Not completely related, but here is a hilarious video of Gooch which is the stare down Part II: http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com/2008/08/video-gooch-stare-down-part-ii-must-see.html

Posted by: Matt | August 28, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

These videos are always really well done. Great pacing, great editing, great behind-the-scenes vibe.

These should be must-viewing for every USA fan who wants to get pumped up before a match.

Posted by: Tom | August 28, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

that's awesome. I really like the Guat guy with the white hat shaking his head when Carlos got that goal....

Very well done!

Posted by: bobf | August 28, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Great second perspective on the game. Thanks!

Posted by: Rex North | August 28, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

that was a good video. must be an incredible feeling to be playing for your country in a crazy atmosphere like that.

hejduk is totally hilarious to me somehow. i hope bradley keeps picking him, because sometimes you need a dude like that hanging around.

Posted by: stairs | August 28, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

That was a great video. I love how when the boys went out to warm up, the whole stadium started booing them.

The stadium went silent when Carlos got that goal. Awesome!

Posted by: dogboy | August 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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