Busy weekend in Major League Soccer and WPS. In Connecticut, an impressive crowd of more than 4,000 saw the Boston Breakers host a league game. Veteran’s Stadium in New Britain has been host to US Men’s National Team matches, Revolution US Open Cup matches and other soccer matches. The 4,000 is a solid figure for WPS and approximates (and beats) some Open Cup crowds. Taking their game on the road is a smart move by the Breakers and the match attracted a large crowd of local soccer teams and parents who had an opportunity to experience WPS without making a trip to Boston.
Elsewhere, kudos to FSC for doing a solid job of promoting its MLS coverage during its EPL broadcasts. ESPN has long failed to use its broadcasts of foreign leagues and international matches as a platform to push Major League Soccer. FSC ran a regular crawl during the games and used other means to push its Saturday telecast of the Dallas game.
In MLS, attendance was a mixed bag, but Houston pulled an impressive number with almost 19k at Robertson Stadium. Crew Stadium pulled over 16k, a solid number for a team that has struggled to draw a crowd equal to its showing on the field. Dallas topped 10k (barely) continuing its unimpressive show at the gate. In San Jose, the Earthquakes and their new DP, managed to draw their biggest Buck Shaw crowd at 10,800. Given the size of the stadium, it remains surprising that the team cannot sell out every game.