Let Them Eat Skyrosa
Ticket prices for the Mexico qualifier dropped:
I get it. It sucks. If I want to sit in my seats, I'm going to have to pay basically eight times what I pay to see FC lose/tie/win once. But the reactions to this have been variations of:
"In this economy?"
Yeah, man. Unemployment is down to like 5 percent.
In a city that supports three professional sports teams? (Shhhh.) With more than 2 million people in the metro area? And a sporting event that attracts not just a regional, not just a national, but an international crowd?
"US Soccer is racist."
Racist how? If you're implying that Mexico fans or other minorities can't afford these tickets, then it sounds like you're the real racist my dude.
But, nevertheless, I get it. I wish a lot of things were free – healthcare, housing, transportation, Tibet, Bird – and this also applies to our national team. The USMNT and WNT should be nationalized and tickets should be distributed based on who would enjoy the game the most.
(Now I know there's some doofus out there in the middle of The Road to Serfdom, with a Twitter avatar that's just a statue of Marcus Aurelius, and who is sporting an undercut, who would say, "Well, actually, how much someone is willing to pay is an indicator of how much that person values something. It is the most efficient way to allocate resources." No, you idiot. You stupid moron. This would only be true if we all had equal access to money. And you shouldn't even be here, we're within 1,000 feet of a school.)
Anyway, this is the biggest soccer game that will be hosted in the United States until the 2026 World Cup, so you're damn right that U.S. Soccer wants to make as much money on it as they can. Maybe if it makes you feel any better, tell yourself they need the extra dough to support equal pay for the women? Frankly, we're lucky they're not hosting it in somewhere like the Alamodome and charging the same ticket prices to 72,000 raucous fans of El Tri. Which is exactly what they would do if they only cared about making money.
Instead, we will have a full stadium packed with a decidedly pro-US crowd, cheering at the top of its lungs for Americans who play for the likes of Chelsea, Juventus, and Barcelona.
In Cincinnati. You'll pay the ticket prices and you'll god damn like it.
But if you still don't like it, there's always one thing you can do: