Don Garber hangs out with a punk at USMNT game

By Kevin Koczwara

The U.S. Men’s National Team had no other option to beat Jamaica in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus on Tuesday night. The USMNT blew its chance to lock up the top-spot in its CONCACAF World Cup group on Friday when it lost, 2-1, to Jamaica in Kingston on Friday, and put itself on the verge of not qualifying for the next round if the team didn’t pick up the pieces it left on the floor.

Good new: Jurgen Klinsmann’s men did it in front of a riled up and prideful crowd on the day we will always remember as that day tragedy struck, 9/11. Thanks to a Herculez Gomez goal, the USMNT took back the top-spot in the group with a 1-0 win over Jamaica.

It seemed like everyone was there. Brek Shea’s hair made an appearance. The “OH MAN Jermaine Jones! Did you really just do that stupid (insert any of the following: foul, poor pass, stupid tackle, etc.)” moment happened. There was the ritualistic poor substitution by Klinsmann (Edu for Zusi and push Danny Williams out wide, why not? Williams is only controlling the game as the holding midfielder). And Don Garber, Major League Soccer’s commissioner showed up to make sure everyone at the Columbus Crew’s stadium had a good time, including a certain drummer of a certain punk/ska/old-school and that rose from the ashes of Operation Ivy.

Branden Steineckert is an enthusaitstic lover of all things USMNT and American footy, which is great because it means the sport has crossed the threshold a bit in America these days, even if people on SportsCenter don’t want to admit anything other the the NFL exists. Too bad he was once in The Used.

(That’s not him playing drums in that video, FYI.)

Also, the crowd at Columbus was so impressive that the USMNT players raved about it after the game to reporters.

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