Globe Pub FC (with Section 8 Chicago recruits) vs Aston Villa Supporters USA. Globe pub was victorious with a score of 4-1, though the Villans put in a good fight after drinking all day at the pub.
I’m hoping friendly one-off games like these continue to happen - it’s a great way to play football with friends and meet new folks as well.
Footy love, nikhak
p.s. I’m on the lefthand side in this photo as well - third from left, hiding in the shadow of Camryn. Five females reppin’ in this match, which was three more than the friendly last summer. And I must say, one (or both) of the female Villans were probably the best out of their whole squad. Hats off to them.
Last summer Aston Villa were in town to play Chicago Fire in a friendly, so Section 8 Chicago and Villa supporters decided to play in a small friendly themselves. I was lucky enough to get in on the action, which took place on Toyota Park’s practice field. It was a great time and the combination of supporters really reminded me of what this game is all about - beauty, community, friendship - the love of a shared sport.
In less than two hours I’ll be playing in a similar friendly against Aston Villa supporters that was organized by this super awesome guy, who is for a the Chicago group of Aston Villa Supporters <—- may not have phrased that properly, but you get the gist.
Either way, happy Friday! Hope you’re all getting a little footy action on during your weekend.
Wish me luck!
Footy love, nikhak
p.s. I’m on the left hand side of this pic (first row, white shorts) - looking down and the goofy fella laying down in front with a beer in hand. What better way to end a match!?
Sorry I’ve been m.i.a. lately - sometimes life gets busy, ya know?
At least I’ve been spending a lot of my time watching, playing, & talking about soccer - last night I was even able to go out and play pickup with my sister and a group of my friends from Section 8 Chicago. It had been over a year since my sister and I had last been to Grasshopper when all the Husaria guys used to play regularly, and we missed it!
My legs are hurting today, but it was fun to run around and see everyone. Hope everyone is doing well!
I’m excited & proud to say that I helped coordinate this bus trip. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to unite soccer in Chicago - Kick It Social (my part-time employer) and Chicago Red Stars are co-sponsoring the bus, while Section 8 Chicago has helped with promotion and ticket sales.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have their men’s and women’s clubs working together, promoting one another, or at the very least have a friendly relationship with each other. Those cities, clubs, teams are fortunate - not every city has the same unity between soccer teams & organizations. If it can’t be done on the club level though, let us, the supporters, at least try to connect everyone, every team together
What were we doing last weekend, you ask? Well, Smash was cheering on her FC Dallas boys at home in Dallas with her girls, and Julie and I were bundled up in Chicago trying to bear the cold weather and terrible soccer being played by Chicago Fire - at least the tifo by Section 8 Chicago was off the hook.
Losses & sadfaces. Hoping this weekend is better for our teams. MLS weekend #3 of 2013 is upon us - happy soccer watching.
nikhak: Soon Section 8 Chicago will be the most disliked group of supporters in MLS. I’m entertained by the tweets right now because i’m not at the draft. If I were there, I’d likely be embarrassed. For now, I’ll enjoy a few laughs.
Another weekend spent with my sister and friends at Toyota Park. For once in a long while, it’s actually exciting to go to matches again - the Fire have been playing significantly better than they have the last couple of seasons and have been notching a lot more W’s on the board.
One year ago yesterday, my late father was inducted into the Chicago Fire’s Wall of Honor. Thanks to the Fire for helping create such a wonderful memory of my dad and for all those who supported us through it. A red heart can never be broken. ♥