If the atmosphere inside Cowboys Stadium during Wednesday night's Gold Cup semifinal matchup between the United States and Honduras (7 pm ET, Fox Soccer, UniMas, Univision Deportes) looks a bit more mundane and drab than you've come to expect since the rise of the American Outlaws supporters group, don't blame those guys.
And it's also not only because of the giant 80,000 capacity stadium's cavernous look and feel in person and on television.
Very disappointed that @CowboysStadium won't allow the AO banner in for today's game. Drums ok. No flags or flagpoles.— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) July 24, 2013
For the first time since the group's very first road trip to a USMNT vs. Brazil friendly in September 2009, no banners with American Outlaws branding will hang in front of the group's section behind one of the playing field's goals. Don't blame the U.S. Soccer Federation — or even CONCACAF, this time — for this one.
This is "Jerry World," after all. But at least the surface of the playing field will be great and make the two semifinal games' location totally worth it. Oh, wait...
Terrible field in Dallas for Gold Cup pic.twitter.com/Qwk5WfH3Rd— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 23, 2013