Eye in the Sky: Sept. 1

A Barry Gorman travel blog

Columbus Trip

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Barry Gorman

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Friday: August 27, 2010

Travel day: The team prepares for an important game
against the Columbus Crew.

What a pleasure to travel with American Airlines out of Dallas. It is simple and
easy and the ground staff are always extremely helpful and friendly.

The flight from Dallas to Columbus was uneventful.
A seat in the exit row was nice, though Milton, Brek, Dario and Heath could have
used seats that actually reclined. Mind you, it didn’t take them long to fall
asleep. So much for my thoughts of some stirring conversation from these well-trained athletes.

It is amazing how quickly a sports team can disappear from
an airport once the rookies unload the bags from the conveyor belt. From the Columbus
airport, we went straight to the Crew’s training facility to get over the effects of travel.

The FCD background staff work like Trojans during these
times. Equipment manager Marcus Owens never stops and trainer Josh
Watts is always a busy man. Most certainly our players appreciate the hard work
these guys put in.

Saturday: August 28, 2010

Game Day: The team usually has a pre-game meal in the hotel
about four hours before kick-off. As often is the case, the hotel lobby contains
people seeking autographs and pictures with the players and coaches. Based in
downtown Columbus, the team doesn’t have far to travel to the stadium. Crew Stadium is a great place to play and our players appreciate their fans’ involvement
in making it a hostile environment for opposing teams.

All said and done, a 0-0 tie on the road is a fair outcome
as Columbus is
a tough place to get a favorable result. The main thing is the streak continues
and we have now set an MLS record for away games without a loss. Now the question is, can we
continue the run through the end of the year?

Sunday: August 29, 2010

The morning after: At least the players got to lie in this
morning as the bus didn’t leave for the airport until 10:45 a.m.  The check-in
process went smoothly and we cleared security quickly thanks in part to the new
screening machines.

The American Airlines flight back to Dallas
was again uneventful. However, there is one noteworthy item to pass along.
Flight attendant Laura Hill informed me that her children, Ryan and Riley, are
forever etched in FC Dallas history. The children were pictured in Pizza Hut
Park groundbreaking
ceremony newspaper photos back in 2004. Needless to say, the Hill family support FC Dallas
to this day and get to as many games as possible.

Yours in Soccer,


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