On Wednesday, the Red Bulls visited Montreal for a friendly against the Impact. Because I was in town last week, I took the opportunity to review coverage of the match and MLS surrounding the game. French language television and newspapers provided a fair amount of air time and ink to the game. Prior to the match, La Presse, a Montreal based paper, devoted the entire sports front page to the match with a focus on Henry. After the game, the sports pages and sports reports were full of highlights, interviews and discussion of the match. At the same time, English language of the game was non-existent. The Globe & Mail provided no coverage of the friendly, nor any pre-game coverage of TFC’s Saturday match with Chicago. There was also no coverage of the Red Bulls on TSN, however MLS scores were consistently part of the SportsCentre Bottom Line.
On the attendance front, it was a mixed bag for Major League Soccer. The mid-week games included more than 19k in Philly for the Galaxy match, while Dallas announced just over 8k for their Wednesday game. Vancouver had more than 15,500 for their Wednesday match. On Saturday, the Revs had more than 14k while DC had 12,500 and TFC had 18,500. Dallas had just over 12,000 while 16,300 were at Rio Tinto and just under 20k at the HDC. More than 36k came to Seattle for the Portland/Seattle rivalry. San Jose just crawled over the 9k mark. Finally, Red Bull Arena hosted just over 16k for the Red Bulls Sunday night matchup.
One final attendance note, the US Women hosted Japan at Crew Stadium on Saturday. The crowd was reported at just over 5k.