At 29 years old, Ulisses Gonzales, created a channel on YouTube to share his experiences related to soccer-specific MLS stadiums in the US and – later on, as you will see, the 2022 Qatar World Cup captured by Argentina last December.
On a Sunday night, after the kids went to bed, I had little time for myself, so I searched for soccer stadium vlogs on YouTube when I came across “The Football Ronin.”
I immersed myself in his videos. The thoughts on “how did he do this?”, “Ohh, he visited that stadium that you always wanted to go” and so on came to my mind. With it, and since I cover soccer matches mainly at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, sometimes Subaru Park in Philly, and Yankee Stadium (well, not for much longer as NYCFC announced the construction of their own home, supposedly done in 2027), then why not get in contact with The Football Ronin to talk about his soccer adventures?
Why did you decide to visit all the MLS stadiums? What was the main reason?
Could you talk a bit about the costs? Did you have any financial support to do it?
Hmm, I mean, it’s hard to get into the costs and logistics of each trip, but I like to think, overall, me being a budget traveler, I spent about 5-6k. I mean, to be honest, I’m not in this for the money, but if I could generate some flow of income, I would more than welcome it. I am currently just working part-time and saving money.
What is the best stadium, in your opinion, and why?
I have to ask the opposite. What was the stadium that let you down, and why?
If you could rank the top 10 stadiums in the league, what would it that list look like?
Do you plan to visit St Louis City this year, as they will begin playing in the MLS?
I would love to! If it were up to me, I’d love to attend the inauguration game against Charlotte FC! It also depends on my current schedule and possible conflicting dates due to the current series. MLS is a long season, though, and I am The Football Ronin, so my bet is I’ll eventually make my way there sooner or later.