It was an atmosphere I'll remember for a long time.
Despite the outcome, this past Tuesday night's Copa America semifinal matchup between the USA and Argentina will go down as one of the most memorable games in American soccer. Over 70,000 people filled NRG Stadium for the event, making it the most watched soccer match in stadium history. Copa America's importance in the soccer landscape rivals any major tournament (outside the World Cup), and adding to that was the fact that Copa was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Throw in an appearance from the home team (USA), and it made for an amazing sight if you were lucky enough to be in the building to watch it.
If you weren't, below might help explain the scene. Having worked for the Texans for almost three years now, one of the things that continues to amaze me is how NRG Stadium constantly transforms itself throughout the year. The stadium is not only host to NFL games in the fall, but it houses the rodeo, concerts, the circus and many other events in the calendar year. It is truly impressive.
As for Copa, below is a time lapse as the stadium started to fill up all the way through the end of the game. While 19 seconds of video footage can't recap four hours of memories, it at least will give you a feel of what is was like to be in the building for such a memorable event. Enjoy.