Albion's defender watched a group stages clash in Orlando.
Liam Rosenior took a busman’s holiday this summer when he watched Paraguay face Costa Rica in the Copa America tournament in Orlando, USA.
The Brighton & Hove Albion defender was handed a surprise ticket by his wife to watch the Group A match, which saw the two sides share the spoils in a 0-0 draw.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “My wife asked me if I wanted to go and I said, ‘no it’s fine, we’ll take it easy and relax’, but she knows me too well and booked it without me knowing!
“She’s not a fan of football; it’s always on the TV at home and she keeps asking me to turn it over. But she knows that going to a game is one of the things that makes me happy in life.
“It was a really nice experience and the Copa America is such a big deal. To be lucky enough to witness a game of that magnitude when you’re on holiday is something that I couldn’t really pass up on.”
The 31-year-old was very impressed by the atmosphere inside the ground and the quality of football on offer in the Florida heat, taking notes from a player’s and future coach’s perspective.
“The standard was really good. It’s really interesting when you see a game like that, because it’s a completely different football culture.
“The fans were playing samba music and dancing in the stands which transcended onto the pitch with the way that the players played the game.
“The weather was so hot though and the pace of the game was much slower. The technical aspects of the game were valued more and it was a very interesting thing to watch from a tactical viewpoint as well.
“As someone who wants to be a coach or manager, it was interesting to watch a completely different way of football compared to what you would see in the Championship, which is played at 100 miles an hour with the tackles flying in.
“There were still a fair few tackles going on, but the pace of the game was much slower and more technical.”
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The game was part of a fortnight away for Rosenior and his family, with his wife hailing from the States, and it included a get together with Albion keeper David Stockdale.
But the defender insists his focus is now on ensuring that he and his team-mates go one step further and secure promotion to the Premier League next season.
“My wife is from Orlando, so we always go back there in the summer and visit Disneyworld.
“David Stockdale was out there as well. We had a BBQ together, which was really nice. Now that I’m back home, you just want to get back with the lads.
“I still think about last season, but we’ve got to use that disappointment and hurt to go again.
“Knowing the players and staff, I’m sure we’ll use it as a positive tool and we have got a chance of doing something special this year.”