Before we get into our look at attendance in MLS and WPS from the weekend, a couple of other business thoughts. It was a good weekend for MLS MatchDay Live as the online game server seems to have shaken most the problems that beset the new service over the past few weeks. In DC, the United game was still not available on local television, as conflicts with hockey and basketball have created significant problems in making the games available. Similar problems impacted the Revolution this weekend, as a conflict with the Celtics forced the Revs’ game onto a variety of different “alternate” channels that didn’t necessarily work as planned forcing many fans to miss portions of the game.
With respect to attendance, it was a fairly disappointing weekend for the league. Things started well in newly expanded BMO Field where almost 22k saw TFC hold off Philadelphia. In Houston, just under 15k saw Houston hold off Chivas USA. More than 35k were in Seattle for the Sounders’ late victory over KC. A solid 18,500 were in DC where United again failed to win.
In San Jose, less than a sellout (under 10k) saw the home team beat the Revs. While on Sunday, less than 10k were at DSG for the Rapids win over TFC. However, the most distressing result for MLS fans was the paltry 13k that were at Red Bull Arena for the New York/Chicago game. Bad weather certainly didn’t help, but the Red Bulls (and the league) were certainly hoping for numbers closer to 20k for most of the season. The next home game (involving rival Philly) will likely be better, but attendance for unheralded Western Conference opponents might be a problem for the rest of the season.
In WPS action, 3700 saw FC Gold Pride defeat NJ at Castron Valley Athletic Stadium. We couldn’t find attendance for the other two games.