Busy weekend in Major League Soccer with the regular season winding down and the playoffs just a few days away. The attendance story for the week is the juggernaut in Seattle, which saw more than 62,000 for Kasey Keller’s sendoff match. Sales were buttressed by a multi-game package that included this game, but the total sales are extremely impressive. In its third season, Seattle continues to be an amazing business story. Soccer is an event in that city and the team has rewarded its great support with success on the field. Unlike Toronto, which has taken a number of wrong steps both on and off the field, Seattle continues to be a model organization.
Numbers for the rest of the league weren’t as impressive, but the league continues to maintain great numbers this year. A busy slate of midweek game started with just over 10k in Chicago on Wednesday night while just over 17k saw Vancouver severely damage DC United’s playoff dreams at BC Place. The midweek games continued with the usual sellout in Portland of 20k plus while a solid 16k plus attended the Rocky Mountain Cup match in Colorado. On Saturday afternoon, almost 20k were in KC for Sporting’s match with the Red Bulls, while more than 19k were at PPL Park as the Union clinched a playoff birth. New England finished off their home campaign with just over 16k on fan appreciation night, while DC continued its late season swoon at RFK before a similar number.
FC Dallas disappointed with only10k plus for their home match on Saturday night. The crowd may have been impacted by the MLB playoffs. Seattle capped off the night with its big crowd. On Sunday, the Honda Classico drew a 27k sellout on Sunday night.