Busy weekend in Major League Soccer as the playoff picture is starting to crystallize with just about a month of the season remaining. Before we get into our weekly attendance review, here are a couple of other items of business note from the last couple of days. We’ll start in Vancouver, where the Whitecaps wrapped up their Empire Field portion of the home schedule. The team is set to play its final home games at the newly renovated BC Place. Empire Field served as a great temporary venue for the team who will now get set to enjoy their new home for the end of the season.
It was also announced that former USA National Team coach Bob Bradley signed a deal to coach the Egyptian National Team. The deal is reportedly worth more than $400k per season.
Now on to attendance. There were a pair of mid-week games in New York and DC that drew approximately 14,200 and 14,800 respectively. Portland also hosted mid-week and entertained its typical 18,600 sellout. On Friday night, KC sold out LiveStrong with 18,700 plus. In Dallas, the Texas rivalry with Houston only managed to draw 10,500 on Saturday afternoon, while Columbus reported a huge 20k number for the Galaxy match (which rested all of its DPs and won anyway). On Saturday night, DC hosted 16k while more than 25k came to Red Bull Arena to see the team’s must win match. Colorado also reported a big crowd of almost 18k, Vancouver a sellout at Empire of more than 20k and Chivas finished the night with 14,300. Finally, the Fire reported more than 14k for their victory over the Revs.