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
25.05.2013 12 °C
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!