Alexi Lalas was on his way out the door. He was heading to an appearance at an AT&T store at Easton to talk with soccer fans and get people pumped up for the World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Mexico scheduled two days later at Crew Stadium
Some athletes of Alexi's reputation might look at such a task as work.
For Lalas it was another chance to get in the pulpit to preach about Columbus and its love affair with the United States Men's National Team.
Lalas was speaking on 610WTVN's Sunday Sportstalk program. He was gushing over Columbus and Crew Stadium as the true home of a US team that could call any pitch in the country home.
The city and the stadium held its own Tuesday as the United States shutout Mexico before more than 24,000 fans at Crew Stadium.
Fans driving to the stadium at 4:30, a full 3 and a half hours before game time, found I-71 already backing up and drivers from far and wide were willing pulling twenty dollar bills out of their pocket to pay for parking.
United States Soccer set up a huge Fan Fest for fans and sponsors to help push a three letter message; U-S-A!.
The scene was right out of Lalas's script from Sunday. All the United States team needed to do was walk through this scene and they'd have been so pumped, a team of 11 Peles couldn't have defeated them.
There were red, white and blue faces, chests and hairdos. Wonder Woman, Paul Revere and Captain America all showed up to defend this little corner of America located just yards from the Ohio State fairgrounds.
What could be more American that this?
Former Crew Stars were everywhere. Brian McBride, Dante Washington, Brian Maisonneuve and Mike Lapper.
Former Crew player and full-time team ambassador Frankie Hedjuk, who's energy and enthusiasm for all things soccer was at AT&T's Speed Zone outside the stadium.
Now think about that for a second. Hedjuk? Speed Zone? Think double espresso and Red Bull.
But all the energy lead to the desired result.
Inside the stadium, the home crowd out-numbered our southern visitors 100 to 1.
Mexico's fans may have won the colorful headgear competition with giant green tamales and replica's of Rio's world famous Christ the Redeemer worn as hats. But the U.S. fans out chanted, cheered and chugged their counterparts with a decided home-field advantage.
A scoreless first half kept those fans on the edge of their collective seats until early in the second half.
Eddie Johnson broke the scoreless tie four minutes into the second half, heading in a corner kick from Landon Donovan.
There was still a ton of time left, but with the jingoism reaching epic proportions, the home field advantage was about to become unfair.
Donovan would add a goal of his own late to kick the celebration to another level.
The United States had another home win in a place not a single player calls home.
But this game is not about individuals, it's about a team. A team that represents an entire nation of soccer players.
And when this team needs a place to call home, they come to Columbus.