Empowering Zambians in the New England Area
The ZANE Soccer Fan Group was part of the largest crowd in history to ever watch a soccer game in New England, when they attended an international friendly match between Spain and USA, on Saturday June 4th, 2011. This history breaking attendance record of 64,121 at the Gillette stadium in Foxborough MA, saw some Zambians travel as far as Maine and New York, to see Spain rout USA 4-0.
Spain, the World Cup and European champions, showed why they are the No. 1 team in the world totally deserving these distinctions and accolades, by dominating USA in their convincing win.
Santi Cazorla, Villarreal’s brilliant attacking midfielder scored a brace in the first half; the first goal finding the top corner of the net, with the second curling past bewildered USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard. Alvaro Negredo added a goal of his own, making it 3-0 in a 13 minute span. Spain let off the gas in the second half of the game, though substitute Fernando Torres scored in the 73rd minute; the final goal of the night. David Silva proved a nightmare for the U.S. defense, being absolutely brilliant in the first half, and the primary catalyst of both of Cazorla’s goals.
Despite the addition of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley in the second half to assist in the midfield, they couldn’t turn things around for the USA. U.S. star player Landon Donovan was absent from the game as he had an undisclosed illness.
ZANE’s Sports Department coordinated this wonderful soccer group outing.
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