Pictures from Soccer City

In light of USA playing Slovenia tomorrow (Friday) morning, I thought I’d run these pictures my brother sent from Soccer City. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know he’s in S. Africa right now, part of a team of editors and producers providing World Cup coverage for ESPN and ABC. He’s been working over 12 hours a day, has had only one day off since he arrived more than two weeks ago, but says the experience and energy in Johannesburg have been amazing. If you think those vuvuzela horns are loud on TV, he says they are SUPER LOUD in person, a constant soundtrack to his days, filling the streets and open markets, not just around the stadium. And when our national anthem played at the open of last week’s game against England, he found himself misty-eyed hearing it so far from home.

These pictures are from the Argentina vs. South Korea game, with Argentina winning 4-1.

© Thuy Dinh

Have fun sitting next to that. © Thuy Dinh

Closer view of players. Photo © Thuy Dinh

View of Soccer City at dusk. © Thuy Dinh

Go, USA! Tim Howard rules!



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    June 18, 2010 at 12:13 am


    Hey, what are the possibilities of getting on of those horns as a giveaway?

    That would really bug the heck out of the barking dogs next door! I’d like that alot!!

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    June 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Cool pics! I haven’t been watching any of the games, but we were at the Grand Central Market for lunch the other day and I swear to God, the place shut down for a beat when some good stuff was happening in one of the games on TV. Awesome!!

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    June 18, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Great pix by your brother, Elyse! Thanks for sharing these.

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    June 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’ve been dvr-ing every game I can, but I know it’s nothing like being there. Wonderful pics.

    I’m with EIREGO, you should arrange for a horn giveaway. Let’s get this done.

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    Shell Sherree
    June 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Wonderful pics from your brother, PCN ~ is he running on a mix of caffeine and adrenalin now? It must be such a thrill for him, and no wonder you are proud.

    I’m glad to appreciate the vuvuzelas from afar. I have a feeling they’d drive me bonkers pretty quickly if I was there in person, though maybe you tune out to them after a while {as EIREGO could find his neighbouring dogs manage to do. 😉 }

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    Jen Forbus
    June 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Wow! They kinda gave me chills…bringing a piece of the event back to the U.S.A. Very cool!

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    July 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Any World Cup withdrawal symptoms have finally subsided for Brian and I. (Only a month or so before English Premier League starts back up!) We went into the final cheering for the Netherlands, but they were playing a bit like punks so we switched to cheering for Spain!

    Thanks so much for sharing your brother’s pictures! I hope he was able to get a bit more down time to explore and enjoy before the Cup ended.

    Tim Howard does indeed rule! 😉

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