By Christian Schneider
Despite my status as an overzealous, raving sports fan, I have not been fortunate enough to attend many BIG games. In fact, I can count on five fingers the number of professional sports event that I have attended. Up until last Saturday, the biggest game I have ever seen in the flesh was Christmas Day 1999 in Madison Square Garden. Knicks vs. Pacers. Rematch of the ’99 Eastern Conference Finals. Reggie Miller against New York City. Good game, good rivalry, cool to hear 20,000 chanting “Reggie Sucks” all at once. But, let’s face it, that’s really not that big of a game.
That changed on Saturday. USA-Mexico at the Rose Bowl. 90,000 fans. Winner-take-all for the right to go to Russia in 2017 (wait, that’s a prize?) and play in the Confederations Cup against the world’s best teams (OK, that’s better). Biggest game the USA will play until World Cup qualifiers start in three years. Yeah, that’s a bigger game.
Soccer may be on the rise in the US following the men’s and women’s World Cups but let’s face it, the average American still doesn’t know jack about international soccer. So here are some quick bullet points about this game:
1) The USA and Mexico HATE each other. Yeah yeah, I know, you knew that already, at least abstractedly. But you gotta understand, they make the Yankees and Red Sox look like a Miss America pageant. Mexico hates America because, well, we invaded them, took half their country (the more lucrative part, I might add), became super rich and powerful while they descend into poverty and crime, and every few years try to build a wall to keep their refugees out of our country. Understandable. Mexico’s ONE Trump card (oh God did I really just use that word? Dammit Christian, that’s later in the piece) is that they have historically dominated us on the pitch. That is why the US hates Mexico. But in the last 20 years the US has caught up to them and is now the equal, may even the better of the El Tri. That really pisses Mexicans and has led to:
-In 1997, Ramon Ramirez stomped on Alexi Lalas’ nuts while he lay prostrate on the ground
-In 2004, the Mexican fans chanted “Osama, Osama” at one of the ‘friendly’ matches
-That same year Landon Donovan took a piss on the sideline at a game in Guadalajara
-In 2007, after a US goal, Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez tried to tackle Eddie Johnson as he ran to celebrate
-In 2009, after the US had defeated Mexico, Mexican assistant Paco Ramirez slapped Frankie Hedjuk in the face as the teams went back to the locker room
-Every time the US plays Mexico at Estadio Azteca, the massive stadium in Mexico City, the US fans are escorted into a fenced in section of the bleachers and guarded by riot police. Mexican fans often try to climb the fence to get at the Americans
So yeah, they don’t get along.
2) Donald Trump is a thing. Yep, you knew that too. For God sakes, is there anything that isn’t related to friggin’ Trump? But this game specifically has a special role for the Donald. For starters, Trump kind of fits the stereotype that Mexican fans have for Americans; a rich, white, arrogant, racist, loud-mouthed douche. And Trump DID just call Mexican illegals a bunch of “drug dealers and rapists.” Soooo…yeah.
In the buildup to the game Univision Deportes, the Spanish language sports channel, ran a series of ads for the game featuring a voiceover from one of Trump’s speeches saying the words “The American Dream is dead,” while showing images of the USA’s disastrous performances at the Gold Cup this summer. In response, Fox Sports ran ads that used Trump’s “Make America Great Again” speech as a voiceover set with highlights of the USA beating Mexico in previous games. Lest we forget, Fox Sports is still a Fox channel, which means they’re dumb as shit and do stupid things that make Americans look bad. The American Outlaws (the official fans of USA soccer) promptly denounced the ad because, you know, they have some decency.
3) Both teams are in a difficult position going into the game. As I mentioned, the US sucked this summer at the Gold Cup, the North American championships. We had won the tournament in 2013 and were favorites to win it again, but we went out and crapped the bed by losing to Jamaica (who are AWFUL) in the semis. We then lost to Panama (who are AWFUL) in the consolation game, while Mexico won in the Finals. The game Saturday actually wouldn’t have been played had we won the Gold Cup. The previous two winners of the Cup play a rubber match to determine who goes to CONCACAF and had we won, we’d have been in uncontested.
As a result of a crappy summer, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is on the hot seat for the first time. Klinsmann’s a German soccer legend who won as a player and who, as a coach, helped rebuild the Germany side into GERMANY. Now in charge of the US, he’s been pretty successful so far, getting us out of the Group of Death in Brazil and going unbeaten in his first 6 games against Mexico. But the US is looking to make the leap and this summer was a step back. Landon Donovan (who, it should be said, HATES Klinsmann’s guts for cutting him in 2014) said that if the US loses this game Klinsmann should be fired. Most don’t expect that to happen, but there’ll be a lot of chatter if the US can’t get it done.
But that is NOTHING on Mexico’s coaching problems. Popular coach Miguel Herrera (you know, the fat guy from the World cup who had those awesome reactions?) has fired a few weeks ago for punching a reporter in the face. They now have an interim coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, filling in right before the biggest game Mexico will play between World Cups. Worst possible time to have this happen.
4) This game is in Pasadena, but it is a home game for Mexico. Southern California is a Mexican soccer bastion. There are a number of reasons for this. Primarily, it’s because Mexican American fans overwhelmingly support Mexico over the US and they are far more passionate soccer supporters. Even for second or third generation Mexican-Americans, supporting the USA is akin to betraying your roots. In addition, Southern California gringos, for the most part, are the worst sports fans ever, bunch of fair-weather bandwagoners who leave games early to beat the bad LA traffic. The USA fans who will be there aren’t that of course, but they aren’t enough to form a majority of the crowd. Rose Bowl games traditionally are about 90-10 Mexico supporters. The USA Soccer Federation reserved a bunch of tickets to try and even the odds, hopefully to just 60-40, but we’ll see how that plays out.
So that covers the background. Thanks to my buddy David (who scraped hard to get six tickets all together for our group) I am one of the lucky USA fans who gets to see this thing live. Armed with pen and paper, I descend into the madness of USA-Mexico, one simple gringo from the Maine coast, about to experienced the most heated rivalry in North America:
2:45- Our van arrives at the Rose Bowl and we immediately begin our search for a shady part of the parking lot to set up our tailgate. Our friend Valeria, who deserves another big shout-out for driving, settles us down under a tree that is literally the width of a yardstick, which is actually the shadiest spot in the entire lot. Gotta love SoCal. Our shade will come from putting our blanket right by the passenger side of the van. I feel like Lawrence crossing the Sun’s Anvil in Wadi Rum.
3:00- The drinks and snacks are unpacked and the pregaming/people watching begins. About 400 yards away is a massive contingent of Mexican fans near the public restrooms. They are heckling (pretty good-naturedly) all the American fans that go to use the facilities. Holy CRAP that is gonna be a pain later.
3:05- The most important part of the day: the opening of the Allagash Whites. Our faithful readers will remember that Allagash White is my version of being dipped into the River Styx. It’s brewed in my home state. It’s my favorite beer. I drank it throughout the Patriots Super Bowl run last year. I drank it for the USWNT’s run to a World Cup Championship. It’s Sampson leaving his hair uncut. We DON’T LOSE when I drink Allagash White. Mexico is never gonna know what hit them.
3:30- Beer Pong begins. We haven’t brought a table, so we place our cups on top of our cooler, which is totally sad, but who cares, pong is not about being aesthetically pleasing or even practical. Me and David ultimately lose to Valeria and her boyfriend Kyle. It should be noted that Valeria is a Mexico fan. I wonder if this is perhaps a sign of bad things to come. I quickly brush aside such a notion; there are only three things in the world that remain undefeated; 1) Father Time, 2) the 1972 Dolphins, and 3) Allagash White.
4:15- We get out a soccer ball and begin a juggling contest. Doesn’t go too well. Beer is not the best enhancer of football skills, no matter what Paul Gascoigne says (Yep, obscure Premier League reference, but it makes sense).
4:20- Nope. Sorry. Not that kind of pregame.
4:25- We lose control of the ball and it rolls over to a group of passing Mexican fans. A couple of them start to juggle it themselves before kicking it back to us. They are much better at it. They smile and wave insolently at us. Maybe they think this is a good omen for them. Do they not comprehend the power of Allagash White?
4:45- The power of Allagash White compels me to visit the facilities. Time to brave the long bathroom line, as well as the Mexican crowd, which has grown exponentially. Fortunately for me, they are no longer heckling people. They are however making a lot of noise and seem to be focused on something. I approach the crowd and…
OH. MY. GOD. They have a Donald Trump piñata. And they are beating the CRAP out of it. Gotta say, it’s a very good piñata too, has the hair and everything. I have never come so close to switching allegiance in my life. Can’t help myself, I’m laughing my ass off, as are most of the American fans nearby. There is also no line for the bathroom. This trip to the facilities is proving to be much more pleasant than expected.
5:30- Time to make the trek to the stadium. We fall in which a group of chanting American Outlaws, one of whom is dressed up like a Minuteman. He’s a better man than me, that’s for sure, it is still BOILING out here.
5:45- The crowd at the Rose Bowl gates is surprisingly calm and collected. Nobody talking smack or anything. Maybe it’s nerves, maybe it’s fear of karma, but I anticipated it to be much more chippy. Line goes pretty fast.
6:00- We’re in. We’re right behind one of the goals, about halfway up the Rose Bowl bleachers. I see now how the ticket sellers set this up; the USA fans are clustered at one goal, the Mexicans at the other. Along the sidelines it is more mixed. It’s still early, but it seems like there are a lot more Mexican fans here. Maybe the USA fans care more about getting that last beer in?
6:10- Our bleacher neighbors arrive. Couple of guys from Oregon, and one who looks Hawaiian about 300 lbs. Think Manti Te’o gone to seed. He seems intent on leading the chants. “USA” and “Dos a Cero” seem to be his favorites. A Mexican couple takes seats directly below me. Crap. Gotta be on my best behavior.
6:20- Stadium is now completely full. I don’t care what the USA Soccer Federation was trying to do, there are WAY more Mexican fans here. I’d say about 70-30 at the very least. The Mexican fans have unveiled a huge flag at the other end of the pitch that reads “Pancho Villa’s Army.” Makes sense, Pancho Villa led raids into the southwestern US. Mexican fans totally have the edge in creativity.
6:25- Teams taking the field. Mexico will defend the goal in front of us for the first half. US starts Brad Guzan in goal over Tim Howard, the hero of the World Cup. Howard’s been out for almost a year on “hiatus,” aka “I’m 37 and need rest.” The chants are ringing out now.
6:30- HERE WE GO!
3’- First foul of the match is against Mexico. If there isn’t some kind of incident between these two I’m gonna be shocked.
4’- Chicharito, Public Enemy No. 1 for the US, is called offside. Some heckling from the USA crowd. Guzan takes the goal kick and the Mexican fans all scream “Puto” as he boots it. I’m kind of shocked; the Mexican version of ‘Puto’ loosely means pussy/faggot in English. Seems WAY out of bounds. I turn and ask why they hate Guzan so much, but one of the Oregon guys assures me that the Mexican fans do that to every opposing goalie. That’s a relief. I guess.
8’- Paul Aguilar tries to drop a cross in to Peralta, but it’s too high. Mexico are on the attack early but the US look to be defending well.
10’- GOAL MEXICO! Never mind. The hated Chicharito gets his first goal ever against the US right in front of us. Mexico had a brilliantly set up attack. One of the attackers faked a run at the center, then cut wide, while another backheeled it to him. Totally unchecked, he then set up an easy goal for Chicharito. Hard to be mad about it. It was a brilliant attack. And the US start behind again, just like the Gold Cup.
14’- US trying to press forward. Demarcus Beasley, the verteran defender wins a free kick. It’s got to be the captain Michael Bradley who takes it. By the way, the last time the US played Mexico in the Rose Bowl it was the 2011 Gold Cup. They lost and it cost their coach Bob Bradley, Michael’s dad, his job. It would be SO SWEET if his son took revenge tonight.
15’- GOOOOOOAL USA!!! Yep, it was Bradley. Dropped a perfect kick in to defender Geoff Cameron of all people, who headed it in. Pandemonium all around me. I’m high-fiving everything in sight. Manti-Te’o XL bumps me by accident and I fall forward into the Mexican couple in front of me. The guy is one his guard immediately. Clearly he’s seen fights at these games before. I diffuse the situation by scrambling back to my row and stammering “Sorry dude, my bad, uh, lo siento.” Thank God for AP Spanish amirite?
19’- Game has slowed a bit and the crowd is much more quiet. Almost like the opening goals winded everyone and 90,000 people are trying to catch their breath, just like the players. Soccer games are LONG.
21’- Aguilar fouls Jermaine Jones and gets a yellow. Looking a little sloppy out there.
23’- Mexico goes on the attack, but Guzan charges out to break it up with a slide tackle. Lot of contact there. Mexican crowd roars angrily.
26’- Bradley gets his pocket picked and Mexico go on the counter but Matt Besler bails us out with a great tackle.
29’- Very even game, just trading possession back and forth. Neither side finding a rhythm.
32’- GAH! Bradley had a great run and just barely missed wide of the post. That would’ve been huge.
34’- Oh boy here we go. Mexico gets it in front of the US goal. Guzan wraps it up but Peralta slides in and tangles with him. Guzan shoves him off and we’ve got a scrum right in front of us. Crowd is roaring. Finally the ref breaks it up. Jimenez gets a yellow, I assume for shoving someone. Nothing for Peralta? Ya can’t hit the goalie bro. You knew this was gonna happen. There’s sure to be more.
37’- Mexico has a great chance at a Peralta header but he misses it. Dang that would’ve been the ultimate “eff you” goal
38’- Something weird going on. There are green lights flashing on the US players jerseys. Apparently, Mexican fans are using F#$king LASER POINTERS to try and blind US players. According to Oregon bro they do this a lot. F#$k that with fries. I dunno how effective that actually is, but boy is that weak.
40’- CRAP! The rookie Gyasi Zardes sets up Jozy Altidore but Altidore barely misses it. Both teams have had some chances to go up and haven’t capitalized.
43’- Free kick to US. Bradley takes again. It’s on goal, but Munoz, the Mexican keeper grabs it.
45+1’- Halftime. Tied 1-1. Opening rush of goals from both sides followed by 30 pretty slow minutes. Neither side looked much better than the other, though I’d say Mexico possessed the ball a bit longer. That Bradley shot was the biggest missed chance of the night. May come back to haunt him.
I march off in search of a bathroom and find that my luck has run out. There is a MASSIVE line. Takes for-freaking-ever. Only at intermission at plays or halftime at sporting events do guys have to deal with these shenanigans. My sympathies, ladies. By the time I finally get done I have about two minutes to spare before 2nd half kicks off. Gotta find my guys.
Here’s the thing about the Rose Bowl; yeah it’s historic, yeah it’s a cool venue, yeah it’s seen some of the best games ever. But it also looks exactly the same all around the bowl, with no features you can use as landmarks and no signs numbering the sections. I mean, I know I’m sitting behind the US goal, but c’mon, so are about 10,000 people all wearing the SAME FREAKING COLORS. It is also badly lit, so I have to bend down on the ground to squint at the letters and numbers painted on the stairs. Finding my seat totally blows. I miss a few minutes of the second half. Whoever designed this place can eat a turd sandwich (turns out it was a dude named Myron Hunt. Myron, you are a word that rhymes with Hunt). OK, found my seat, time to calm down and watch an inevitably stressful 45 minutes of play.
48’- Mexico is possessing the ball well. US has had a couple of sloppy giveaways. Not good.
50’- Mexico corner. Super not good.
51’- Besler heads it out but it sets up another Mexico corner.
52’- POOPS! US clears the 2nd corner and goes on the counterattack, but Altidore is offsides.
53’- Kyle Beckerman, aka White Boy Dreadlocks, gets a yellow for a bad challenge on Peralta. Not looking good for US so far.
54’- The free kick off the yellow is caught by Guzan but the US promptly give the ball right back to Mexico
57’- Altidore wins a foul against Rafa Marquez. US craps the ball away immediately, Jimenez gets taken down the exact same way but the ref doesn’t call it. Lots of angry Mexican fans.
59’- WOW. Mexico should’ve had a goal there. Jimenez set up Chicharito in front of the US goal. He was completely open but couldn’t get his foot on it. US has its back against the wall here.
61’- Jones and Aguilar knock heads and Jones is down for a bit before getting back up. Seems to be OK.
64’- Hey we’ve got the ball! For a while actually, let’s try and do something with it- wait, nope Mexico has it again.
67’- USA has a corner. Chance to turn this thing around here. Bradley to take. Munoz punches it clear. Another missed opportunity.
68’- Mexico attack again, but Chicharito is whistled for a handball.
69’- Mexico is WAY too comfortable maintaining possession. All of us in the area around me are screaming to get up and pressure. They are just slowly moving it closer and closer to the goal. It’s only a matter of time before they find the back of the net at this rate.
70’- Mexico wins another corner but it’s cleared. They really should’ve scored by now
72’- AAAAH! What the heck? Dempsey gets taken down in the box and there’s no call. Maybe I’m biased, but I thought he got his legs taken out. Oregon Bro #2 says it was a clean tackle. Dammit, whose side are you on? Put your USA blinders on for goodness sake.
76’- Jimenez has a good look at the goal, but misses. Mexico is subbing out Marquez. First sub of the game. Wonder who Klinsmann is gonna go with? May have lasting repercussions for his job security…
77’- JEEZ! Total chaos in front of the Mexico goal. Bradley ultimately misses his chance. He’s been great all-around, but boy has he had some blown opportunities.
78’- Deandre Yedlin comes in for Gyasi Zardes. That’s a good sub in my opinion. Yedlin’s a good playmaker, someone who might get us going.
79’- Free kick to Mexico pretty close in. This is the loosen-the-tie period of the game. Kick is cleared without any threat.
83’- Teams trading possession back and forth. No one seems to want to make a risky try. The pressure of a game like this has to be crushing.
85’- AWFUL giveaway by Bradley. Chicharito starts a counterattack and Bradley nails him. Gets a yellow. Pretty sure he knew he would get one. Like taking an intentional foul in basketball. Free kick for Mexico close in AGAIN. I’m shaking. Just feels like we’ve been fortunate too many times.
86’- Kick cleared. US on the counter.
87’- JESUS CHRIST NOT AGAIN! US puts together a good attack, but Bradley misses a chip shot. Guy is gonna be having nightmares if we lose this thing.
90’- Mexico working it in closer and closer, keeping possession. C’mon D!!!
90’- 3 Minutes of stoppage time.
90+2’- Heart almost stops. Aguilar gets free in the box but misses wide. That would’ve been devastating.
END OF REGULATION- Wow. Extra time. We are SO lucky to get out of that half. Mexico was all over us. A few more missed chances by Bradley were all that we got. We’ve got to make some serious adjustments if we’re gonna get this done. Honestly, I just want to make it through the next 30 minutes and get to penalties. That’s a total lottery and I don’t feel good about where this game is going. Klinsmann’s got two subs left, they better be good ones.
In other news, I am developing an ulcer from the anxious gases that are revolving in my belly at the moment.
93’- HOLY CRAP. Chicharito drops a great ball in to Peralta, but Guzan makes an awesome save. Mexico picking up right where they left off. The USA crowd is trying to cheer some energy into the team.
96’- GOAL MEXICO! 2-1. Yep. There it is. You knew it was coming. Aguilar makes a great pass to Peralta, who blats it past Guzan. Mexican fans are going berserk. USA in stunned silence. Shades of the Belgium game at last year’s World Cup, where we get nailed right at the start of extra time.
98’- Bobby Wood, the hero of the Netherlands game this summer, comes in for Jozy Altidore. Can he pull of some more magic?
101’- Oh my God, HELL no. Chris Wondolowski is walking to the sideline to apparently sub in for Dempsey. Ya know, Chris Wondolowski who shanked the potential gamewinner against Belgium? He’s gonna save our ass? Jabba Manti Te’o is apoplectic.
103’- Wondo’s not going on, he’s heading back to the bench. Did Dempsey wave him off? That’s awesome. It would be EPIC if Dempsey tied it here.
104’- Dempsey or Wondo, doesn’t matter. Mexico has got us bottled up. We can’t get it over midfield, much less into the box. Still have time, but it’s looking real bad.
105’- End of the 1st Extra Time Period. Mexico got their goal. US has to figure something out here or Mexico’s going to Russia. I hate this part of sports. Where your team’s behind as the clock ticks down and you scream them on, helpless to do anything but make noise. We still have one last sub, it better be someone who can put the ball in the net.
107’- Mexico are the ones who attack first, looking for the knockout blow. Corona (yep that’s his name) barely misses. US defenders look gassed.
108’- GOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLL USA!!!!!! 2-2!!!! IT’S BOBBY WOOD!!! ALLAGASH WHITE STRIKES AGAIN!!! Unbelievable. The two subs, Yedlin and Wood, created something out of nothing. Yedlin made a great run and threaded a pass through the Mexican defense to Wood, who nutmegged Munoz to tie it up. BEDLAM. I’ve never hugged so many strangers in my life. In the melee, someone pokes me in the eye, like right on the eyeball. I have to take a moment to make sure it didn’t pop out. It hasn’t, though if it had I’m not entirely sure I would have minded.
Bobby F#@king Wood people. What a clutch player. Klinsmann’s subs have completely paid off. If we manage to get this game to penalties and win it’ll be an absolute theft. Mexico’s been better all night, but one incredible play saved our butts. Still plenty of time though.
111’- Brad Evans, a defender, comes on for Fabian Johnson. He’s a big penalty taker too. Klinsmann is trying to wall up and make it to the end.
113’- Wood almost scores again! Bradley almost drops a pass in to him in the box but they can’t connect. Too bad. Wood would have gotten the Presidential Medal of Freedom had he made it.
115’- Mexico attacks up the left, but Brad Evans forces a goal kick. Fresh legs doing their job on D.
117’- Oh man, we almost had it. We had free kick 20 yards out for Dempsey, but it hit the Mexican wall. Beasley got it, but was offside.
118’- GOAL MEXICO! 3-2. I want to die. Mexico had a weak pass go in to Peralta and Beasley gabled, trying to get the takeaway. He couldn’t get it and it popped up in the air to Aguilar who hit a brilliant volley. Nothing Guzan could do. Mexico’s won it now, surely. It’s bedlam all around me. Not just on the Mexican side but in the pockets of Mexican fans scattered around the American section as well. Mexican couple below me are going crazy. Of note, Aguilar had the weirdest goal celebration ever; he took off running and dove headfirst into the wall surrounding the pitch, which is pretty much what I want to do right now.
120’- Mexico burning time in the corner. Ref signals for one minute of stoppage time. In other words, we are screwed.
120+1’- GAME OVER. Mexico 3, USA 2.
Devastating. Absolutely devastating. If I had to compare it to one specific moment, it would have to be the Austin Rivers shot against UNC in 2012. I had the same reaction, cover my eyes in horror and just sit in silence. One shot, BAM, heartbreak. That was what that Aguilar goal was like. Only difference is that I’m there in the flesh and am surrounded by celebrating Mexican fans. Just brutal.
On a less emotional note, however, this game was a CLASSIC. The best ever between these two, it HAS to be. And the better team won. I could talk about Bradley’s missed chances, but that’s part of soccer, it happens in every game. Mexico dominated possession, created more and better chances, and they were the more deserving team. Doesn’t make it suck any less, but too often in soccer, justice isn’t done on the scoreboard. It was this time.
We leave the Rose Bowl in silence. Well, my group and the rest of the USA contingent do, the Mexicans are singing. My friend Jordan and I get separated from the rest of the pack and hit the bathrooms again before we head to the fan. In front of us in the line are two Mexican fans, about our age. They, like many of the Mexican fans around are chanting “Tres a Dos! Tres a Dos!” I guess we deserve that, what with all the obnoxious “Dos a Cero” chants we always hit them with.
Then a funny thing happens, one of the guys turns around and sees us. He reaches out his hand and says “Good game. Was a real good one.” We shake and say the same. I tell him it’s the best soccer game I’ve ever seen. He nods and says, in broken English, that he’s “Not going to live so long now.” I know how he feels. The Mexican fans around us are still chanting. He looks at them and shrugs at us apologetically. He says, “It’s just sports, you know? Don’t mean any harm.”
That exchange is will linger for a long time. In a vacuum, it was just good sportsmanship after a game. You’d expect it after a high school game between parents, or at a sports bar on NFL Sunday. It happens all the time. It’s simple, basic, to be expected. But this wasn’t any game. This was USA-Mexico. Players, fans, countries with so much history of hatred and resentment. There are fights all the time, on the field and off. There’s bad blood between our people, and there has been for a long time. But just for once everyone could sit down together and watch a classic game of soccer without any of the crap. I hope I get the chance to do it again and if we win, I’ll be sure to be gracious to the Mexican fans in line for the john.
They just better leave those goddamn laser pointers at home.