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Blue Moon rising over the Yankee Stadium

I get to see my soccer team Manchester City play against Chelsea in New York and then experience the 2013 Cicada swarm in New Jersey

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I have supported Manchester City since I was kid, at the time they had a striker called Francis Lee and as my namesake he became my hero and City my team after I got teased at school that my name Francis was a girl's name. I knew City were in the USA playing a series of exhibition games against Chelsea but never in my wildest dreams expected a chance to see them. So when my cousin announced his fiancée had managed to get us tickets for their game against Chelsea at New York's Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx I was over the moon.

Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx, New York

Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx, New York


Joining the queue at Gate 6 outside the Yankee Stadium

Joining the queue at Gate 6 outside the Yankee Stadium

When we got to our seats the two teams were warming up on the pitch with their club anthems playing as background music, "Blue is the Colour" for Chelsea and "Blue Moon" for Manchester City. Unfortunately in all the rush to get to the stadium from Philadelphia in time I did not have a chance to change into my City shirt that I had brought with me on my round the world trip.

Our first view of the pitch with the teams warming up

Our first view of the pitch with the teams warming up


Close up of the City players warming up

Close up of the City players warming up

Before kick off there was a moving minute's silence for Lee Rigby, the British Soldier murdered on the street in Woolwich South London, and the 23 victims of the Oklahoma Tornado. Both tragedies had happened only a few days previously and were still very much at the top of all the news bulletins.

Scoreboard tribute to the British Soldier murdered in Woolwich

Scoreboard tribute to the British Soldier murdered in Woolwich


Scoreboard tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma Tornado

Scoreboard tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma Tornado

The two teams then lined up for the American National Anthem before kick-off. During the line-up the Manchester City team wore dark blue shirts with light blue "New York City FC" moons on the front to advertise their link-up announced only a few days before with the Yankees to create a new MLS ('Major League Soccer') franchise from 2015. I was actually quite surprised and pleased how strong the squads both teams were putting out were and they each started the first half with what was virtually their entire first team on the pitch.

The two teams line-up before the start of the match

The two teams line-up before the start of the match


The Manchester City line-up for the first half on the Scoreboard

The Manchester City line-up for the first half on the Scoreboard


The Chelsea line-up for the first half on the Scoreboard

The Chelsea line-up for the first half on the Scoreboard

The game then got underway, Manchester City had beaten Chelsea 4-3 (after being 3-0 down) in their previous match in St Louis a few days before so I had my fingers crossed that we would witness a similar result in New York as well. I wasn't to be disappointed, at the end of the first half Manchester City were comfortably winning 2-0.

The game between Chelsea and Manchester City gets underway at the Yankee Stadium

The game between Chelsea and Manchester City gets underway at the Yankee Stadium


The City players huddle to congratulate Samir Nasri while his 1st goal is replayed on the Stadium Scoreboard

The City players huddle to congratulate Samir Nasri while his 1st goal is replayed on the Stadium Scoreboard


Samir Nasri's 1st goal (City's 2nd) is announced on the Stadium Scoreboard

Samir Nasri's 1st goal (City's 2nd) is announced on the Stadium Scoreboard

Both sides made a lot of changes at half time (including goalkeeper Petr Cech for Chelsea which prompted a particularly load cheer from their supporters) which gave Chelsea a chance to get back into the game but Manchester City still went on to win 5-3 so I went home very happy!

The players come off the field at the end of the first half

The players come off the field at the end of the first half


On the night Manchester City beat Chelsea 5-3, I was rather happy <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

On the night Manchester City beat Chelsea 5-3, I was rather happy :)


The West Concourse inside Yankee Stadium

The West Concourse inside Yankee Stadium

Back in Summit where I was staying there was the little matter of the Cicada Beetle swarm of 2013. These 2 inch long red eyed beetles come out of the ground in northern New Jersey only once every 17 years to breed creating a deafening din as they sing themselves to death for a few weeks while they try to attract a mate. The ground was covered with them, it was like a plague out of the Bible!

Me with a Cicada Beetle from the swarm of 2013

Me with a Cicada Beetle from the swarm of 2013


Close up of a Cicada Beetle

Close up of a Cicada Beetle

Posted by FrancisRTW 03:00 Archived in USA Tagged animals new_york sport videos us_east_coast

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