Light docket in MLS this weekend with only 5 games Th-Sa. Before we get to those matches, a couple of other quick business points. First, we gave MatchDay live another chance, but couldn’t see any games in real time. The only non-nationally televised game was the Revs/United match which was blacked out in the Hartford area (also blacked out on Direct Kick). Thus, we couldn’t try the service this weekend. However, kudos to MLS for having readily available live chat support during the broadcast. This made it quite easy to cancel our subscription.
While the game was shown on Comcast Sports Net New England (a channel available in CT), in the Hartford area, CSN gets usurped by Knicks/Rangers games on the Madison Square Garden network. Thus, even though the “info” screen reads MLS: Revolution v. DC United, Comcast switches the feed to the MSG feed. Thus, no Revs (except on the HD feed).
Attendance wise, it was solid week around the league. The Thursday night doubleheader started with 18k in Houston for the Dynamo’s 2-1 victory over RSL. Later than night, just under 20k saw Chivas fall to the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. Both games were on ESPN2. The weekend matches started in Commerce City, CO where 11,600 watched the Rapids and Fire play to a 2-2 draw. On Saturday night, an impressive 20,600 were on hand for the Revs suprising victory in DC. Finally, a ho-hum 36k saw a the thrilling Red Bulls/Sounders game. The DC number was especially impressive and was aided by good weather and the addition of an El Salvadoran midfielder.
Next week will likely be a tougher week for the average, but the openers in Chicago and Philly will hopefully draw well.