The media visit Saputo Stadium, Montreal, 06.01.12.
13 years ago today the first soccer-specific-stadium in MLS opened, Crew Stadium in Columbus. Funded by Lamar Hunt, the stadium was built in a little over a year and a crowd of 24,741 attended the inaugural game. Its pictured above from 1999. Now showing its age and rarely filled to the brim any longer, it remains a historic landmark in the American game.
XI has posted a bunch of photos from the distant past of North American soccer so far on this Tumblr, but the magazine also aims to explore the present and future of the sport on this continent. This shot posted just now by the Houston Dynamo of the installation of greenery at the brand spankin’ new and very fine-looking BBVA Compass Stadium illustrates a part of that future very nicely.