Another weekend in the books for Major League Soccer and here is our weekly wrap of events. We’ll start this week with attendance, where the big story was some disappointing attendance figures in the Eastern Conference. In Foxboro, just over 7,100 were announced as in attendance for the Timbers/Revs 1-1 draw. A few hours down I-95, the Red Bulls and Dynamo played before a crowd of less than 14k at Red Bull Arena. Weather on Saturday was chilly but dry and both numbers are very disappointing. The figure for New England is especially confounding because there are approximately 5,000 season ticket holders for the team. Given that a lound contingent of Timbers fans were also at the stadium, the numbers suggest that less than 2k single game tickets were sold, a shockingly low number. The Revs do typically struggle in April to draw and crowds typically grow as the season moves on. In New York, the number is disappointing because of the big names on the Red Bulls’ roster, a stadium in only its second year and the reasonably good April weather.
Elsewhere around the league, Columbus reported more than 15k tickets distributed for its Friday night match, while San Jose had just over 10k at their match. Just under 19k were in Toronto for the TFC/Chivas tie. Vancouver announced another crowd over 20k for their exciting 3-3 tie with KC. 25k was announced for the Galaxy victory over Philly in Los Angeles.
One final note. Aron Winter, the new TFC manager, issued a letter to the media indicating that he would not open the locker room to credentialed press. This is a significant change from traditional MLS policy (although standard around the world). A copy of that letter is here.