The Monday After

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Hello Ben,

    Can you elaborate of the Toronto missteps? I am very curious to hear your opinion. As TFC fan I am very concern of the attendance and the atmosphere in the stadium that is not what it was 2 years ago.

    I personally believe that MLSE thinks that soccer fans are the same as hockey fans.

    What’s your opinion?

  2. I don’t understand your comment saying the rest of the numbers were not as impressive as Seattle’s while that is true it also seems to imply some disappointment. Although there is Chicago’s 10K but that was a mid-week game and Dallas’s numbers, but having 16K in both Colorado and NE are impressive given their normal attendance plus 17K in a mid-week game at Vancouver, sell outs in Philadelphia, Portland, KC, etc..

  3. That Seattle game was possible more fun to be at then the latest open cup championship game. I am still smiling from it!

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