9/11 Remembered By a New York Soccer Fan
Today, ten years after the fateful 9/11 disaster, is full of emotions, sorrow, grief and remembering those that sadly died in the airplanes, in the buildings and the many firefighters and police officers that made the huge sacrifice to risk their lives to save others.
In a certain way I was thankful that no one I knew or who was related to me died on that terrible day. Yet I’m still sad because I lost my fellow New Yorkers and fellow human beings. I can remember the day before. I was at Yankee Stadium during a terrible rainstorm hoping to see it end so the Yankees could play the Boston Red Sox.
The game was called off due to the rainstorms being too much for the field to absorb, leaving several large puddles in the outfield. So like the many Yankees fans that left disappointed, we didn’t know what the next day was going to bring and it was the turn for the worst.
After a piece of the Pentagon was destroyed, after both towers fell to the streets of New York and those passengers on Flight 11 risked their lives to save others, all five sports leagues decided to suspended their games and concentrate on the matter at hand.
For Major League Soccer they wiped out their remaining two weeks of the regular season. The MetroStars were supposed to play Miami Fusion on Wednesday, September 12th and then to travel to New England Revolution on Saturday, September 15th. Their last match was on September 7th at Giants Stadium, defeating the New England Revolution by a final of three to one.
That same season the Metros were invited to the South American summer tournament formerly known as the Copa Merco Norte (currently Copa SudAmericana) in a match with Colombian side Millonarios, Venezuelan side Deportivo Italchacao, and from Mexico, Chivas of Guadalajara.
After a home win against Italchacao and a road loss to Millonarios, their next opponents was supposed to be Guadalajara, but sadly they decided not to travel due to what they said was an unsafe environment. But the real reason the club didn’t travel was an important derby match against Club America.
For their ignorance CONMEBOL disqualified Guadalajara, awarded six points to the Metrostar and four goals scored. Such a disgrace at that time when the sides from Mexico ignored facing MLS sides in this tournament and of course South America looking to bring in sides from the USA.
But out of all of these moments that caused pain, disgust, anger and other emotions, we have risen from this painful moment and showed the world and those against our country that we can move on. But once in a while my mind thinks back to the six days before that moment.
I took the PATH train from Hoboken to the World Trade Center on the Wednesday before that terrible day happened. I was dropping off my bus trip money to New England at Nathan Hale’s pub. At times I think to myself, what if those terrorists decided to attack New York that day and not the eleventh.
For me, I was lucky that it didn’t happen. But at the same time I still feel sorrow and sadness for the many that lost their lives for no reason and thankfully I can show my respect to those that sadly died that horrible day.