In all my years photographing the fans at USMNT games, I have never experience a home environment like the World Cup Qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, OH. The energy and passion, sure. The size: never.
And it was clear once inside Columbus Crew stadium who was the "home team" for the game. A lot of times the US Men's National Team has played a game in the USA the American fans were outnumbered by Mexican fans, including the 2011 Gold Cup Final. But at Columbus it was the USA fans, and the multiple sections of USA supporters that made it an incredible atmosphere.
And as the team went wild in celebration the fans took in the moment. All of their months of sweat and toil for the team lead to the promise land. And, yes, they are going to Brazil!
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