Big week and weekend of games in MLS, so we’ll start right in with a look at attendance. Starting with the Monday game, more than 20k were in KC for the Galaxy and Sporting match. 16k came to PPL Park for the thrilling 4-4 draw with the Revs. The game was rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago when Hurricane Irene blitzed through the Northeast. On Friday night, the Home Depot Center hosted more than 20k for the Galaxy weekend.
On Saturday, LiveStrong Sporting Park saw its smallest crowd of the year on Saturday night (just under 15k). Has the saturation point been reached? Another solid crowd in Seattle with just under 36k. Philly had another solid crowd, with more than 18,500k at PPL Park. In Columbus, just over 13,500 saw the Crew fall to TFC. In New England, just under 15,500 saw the rare Revs home win and just under 20k for the Red Bulls home tie against Vancouver. Chivas USA reported more than 12k at the HDC on Saturday night. More than 10,500 saw San Jose on Saturday night.
Some other non-attendance related tidbits from the last couple of days. First kudos, to the multiple MLS local broadcasts that devoted some air time to the life and passing of Bobby Rhine. Rhine was a figure in American soccer for a long time and it was an outstanding gesture to those teams that offered fans a sense of his accomplishments. Also, the MatchDay Live feature remains an outstanding offering on MLSSoccer.com. The opportunity to watch three games, full broadcasts and more in high quality is outstanding and the league deserves credit for making that feature available.