Soccer: Seen & heard at the desert diamond cup

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z Soccer: Seen & heard at the desert diamond cupDave Ord Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Bull at a soccer match

You couldn't swing a can of energy drink without hitting some form of Red Bull advertising at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night.

There were hoarding boards on the field, two giant red and yellow blowup archways as fans entered the stadium and a blue tent behind the southeast corner flag. Then there was the event car vehicle.

Event car driver Steven Greene said the massive black four-door International truck was made "for the military a while back, and they ended up not getting the bid."

It was pumping out high-beat music well before the start of the first match. Fans were able to play FIFA 2010 and FIFA Street on two XBox consoles.

"Red Bull has 13 of these vehicles," said Greene. "It has four speakers, four TVs and two XBoxes. We have a DJ booth. This car goes all over the Western part of the United States."

The big number

36

Years of MLS playing experience among the Desert Diamond Cup coaches. New York's Mike Petke (13 seasons), Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis (12) and New England's Jay Heaps (11) all were mainstays in the league. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid's playing career, which included four years at UCLA, was over before the league began.

Sounders supporters

Among those in the crowd cheering for Seattle Sounders FC were former Seattleites Vicki Walton and Ira Yedlin.

The couple, who now live in Phoenix until the home they are building in Bisbee is finished, came to see Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin. They have raised Yedlin since he was 1. The retirees enjoyed the night watching Yedlin play for Seattle.

"This has been a great experience," said Ira Yedlin, who was wearing a thick, green Sounders jacket as well as Seattle scarf. "It's a nice venue." They intend to be here for the whole tournament.

Quotable

"I didn't know about MLS until I went to college. I would watch MLS Cup, but I couldn't have told you five teams when I was 16, 17 years old. Every year it gets better and better."

- Seattle midfielder Brad Evans on how the league has changed since he entered it in 2007

Sounders supporters, Part II

Tucsonan Julie Freeh and her 12-year-old daughter, Emily, were out to cheer on the boys in lime green. Julie said her brother is from Tacoma and they go up to see the Sounders play each year in Seattle.

"It's awesome to be so close to the field," Julie said.

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