Pitbull (not that one)

Tomorrow we go to the Copa de Oro (Gold Cup) quarterfinal games in D.C. – That’s right, plural – games! … I totally didn’t even realize that it was a doubleheader, which means two games one after the other at the same venue which are attended with the same ticket. So not only will I get to see the U.S. team play against Jamaica, I get to see the game right after it. Do you know whose playing?

EL SALVADOR vs. Panama! … I’m freaking out. The only way this could be more chévere is if Chicharito showed up and bought me a beer, but let’s keep things realistic, shall we?

Our tickets are supposed to be at “will call” which makes me nervous, but I’m told this is a reliable way to do things and I don’t have a choice in the matter, so primero a Dios and fingers crossed. The reason it makes me nervous is because these games are todo sold-out. I have a feeling it’s going to be crazy getting in. A friend who will be at the game advised us to arrive hours early, partly to avoid a really long line and also to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere. You’re going to have a parqueo full of guanacos, panameños, Jamaicans, gringos and a mix of others … I don’t know how hard everyone else parties, but the Salvadorans alone will make plenty of noise and fun – not to mention that they’re clever business people and I’m sure a lot of ventas will be going on. If Suegra were coming, (which she’s not!) I know she’d be out there hustling, selling pupusas, hand-embroidered delantales, joya, and whatever else she could carry.

Like I said, Suegra is staying home to watch the cipotes so it seems we’re ready for the games – except what to wear?

Carlos and I have been looking everywhere for a shirt to wear to the game. You would think we owned a La Selecta shirt but every time we asked Suegra to bring us one, she’d come back with tourist T-shirts. One time she got closer and brought us a team shirt for Chalatenango, but purple stripes are not as cool as “La Azul” – (not to mention, the shirt is too small – the chorizo look is not a good one.)

So we went to various sporting goods stores. One store we went to I asked where their soccer shirts are and the guy said, “Um, we don’t have… soccer…shirts… We have soccer balls?” … The other store had a U.S. MLS shirt, but it was $50… So not happening.

We tried department stores, where I found a really cool shirt for El Tri, which, (while I still want it), would have been an inappropriate choice for the game. (I may wear my “Mexico Numero Uno” shirt here at home and deal with the wrath of Carlos and Suegra, but I’m not tonta enough to wear it in a stadium full of Salvadorans.)

Wally World was also no good. They have a lot of patriotic shirts due to the season, but not anything I would be caught dead wearing. (Glittery kittens with fireworks? Seriously? People like this?)

Finally I had the idea to make a shirt. I bought a nice bright blue T-shirt for $3 and some iron-on letters… but what to write?

That’s when I remembered my new favorite player – Salvadoran, Dennis Alas.

While I was watching El Salvador play Cuba on television, I noticed that the commentator kept referring to one of the players as “Pitbull.” I thought this was just a silly, quirky thing that this particular commentator had come up with, but after searching the internet a little, I found out that Dennis Alas is known as the “Salvadoran Pitbull” – (I’m thinking it’s the shaved head.)

"Salvadoran Pitbull" - Image source: Guillermo Estrada/elsalvadorfc.com

After reading more about the player and looking up video of some of his past goals – I’ve really come to like him.

He actually didn’t score any goals against Cuba. Here’s him missing one though. Oops.

No me importa. His nickname is too chivo for me not to like him and I think he has potential.

So anyhow, Dennis “Pitbull” Alas inspired me to create a camisa for the game. I think I will be the only person in the stadium, (or in the world), with this one-of-a-kind shirt. If you watch the games mañana, look for me.

Disclosure: I will be attending the CONCACAF Copa de Oro/Gold Cup games at the invitation of State Farm. All opinions are my own.

Posted on June 18, 2011, in fútbol, humor, Salvadoreños and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Oh wow! You guys are going to have SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait to hear all about it. I think you did an awesome job on your shirt! How creative!

  2. Fabulous!! You will were la camiseta de buena suerte!! Can’t wait to here more about the games!
    I see in your future un par de chelitas con Chicharito y Espinoza Paz mientras Carlos te susurra al oido: Lagartija

  3. Ay amiga! Very cool and creative. I will definitely be watching the game and looking for you. :)

    Your search for an El Salvador soccer shirt sounds a lot like my search for a U.S. soccer shirt in Mexico. I have looked all over and I always get the same response…”Why would we want to sell shirts del enemigo?” :P

    Diviertense mucho! And cheer extra loud para mi Landon Donovan. (We grew up in the same town, but he never had the pleasure of meeting me.)

  4. I’ll have to watch just for you guys too. I won’t have to worry about competing with Los Herederos for TV that day at least! Like the creative, and much more cost-effective route you took for the shirt. Does Carlos have a clever shirt too?

    Have fun! :)

  5. You are such a Rockstar! I love that you made your own shirt–it’s looks awesome & of course I love that it’s OOAK (one of a kind!) As always you had me loling at the glittery kittens and imagining Suegra hustling pupusas. Have fun!!!

  6. De comentario solo te dejo esto: mira el video que tome en un amistoso en Feb

  7. claudiadelcid

    Estoy tan desconectada del futbol Guanaco! Ellos son la Selecta? Algo flaquitos mis amigos. Habría que darles consomé de Garrobo y una media docena de pupusas todos los días para que cuando lleguen a la cancha estén llenos de energía! (o haciéndole la competencia a la pelota jajajajaja)

  8. I bet the atmosphere will be great! Do report :-)

    Don’t worry about the “will call” tickets, I had those before and it’s often how it works. You will have no problem getting in.

  9. Heart In Hand

    What a cute pitbull! I hope you’re having a blast at the game!

  10. el Pitbull missed it! good showing by mi selecta though…

  11. WHAT FUN!
    Great idea for the shirts too…

  12. el es mi ex companero de escuela lo tengo en fb

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