Some quick hits from around American soccer, starting with DC United, where efforts are ongoing to find a permanent home for the team. We have previously written about efforts to build in various parts of Virginia, DC proper or Maryland. Now, Steve Goff is reporting that DCU is now in talks with another Virginia municipality about a possible stadium. According to Goff’s article, United is not yet ready to reveal its new potential partner.
Despite these efforts, we continue to believe that RFK (whether a new stadium or a renovation), is the best option. The stadium is located directly on the Metro, within the district and reachable by fans both in VA and MD. We will continue to monitor this situation.
ESPN2 will broadcast two matches from the first round of the MLS playoffs, including a primetime match in Seattle on Thursday, which will certainly show well on televsion. That theme will continue on Sunday when ESPN2 will show the first leg of the LA playoff Derby, which seems a certainty to sell out. In the second leg, ESPN2 will put the Columbus/RSL match on in prime time on Thursday and follow with the return leg in Los Angeles on Sunday. FSC will get both legs of the Revs/Chicago and Telefutura will get the return leg from Houston.
Speaking of the Revs/Chicago, New England made the interesting choice to change their home date against Chicago from Saturday to Sunday. There are many possible motivations for this move, but from a business standpoint, it makes perfect sense. The prior late afternoon start on Halloween was guaranteed to limit attendance by precluding both families and adults with kids from attending. Given the Revs typical difficulty in drawing for playoff games, any effort that can bring fans to the game is worth pursuing.