The big soccer game on American soil over the weekend involved the Women’s National Team, which packed more than 20,000 people into FC Dallas Stadium as part of a 2-1 victory over New Zealand. That is a big number for a friendly game against a non-big name opponent, especially given the fairly cold temperatures in the Dallas area. The two American goals were scored by Alex Morgan, both in the last few minutes. Morgan has been in the headlines over the last couple of days after it was announced that she would appear in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue as one of three female athletes. Any publicity is good publicity, especially in the women’s game, which has suffered a significant setback withe loss of the WPS. Morgan’s appearance in SI will certainly generate conversation about the player/sport.
Elsewhere, there are reports that the Crew are off to a good start selling sponsorships for 2012. Although the team still lacks a jersey sponsor (now for the second straight year), the team is reportedly 20% ahead of last year’s sponsorship pace. The linked story provides some great detail about some of the business aspects of the Crew, including efforts to find a sponsor for the seemingly perpetually named Crew Stadium.
Finally, it was another strong weekend for the Americans on loan to the English Premier League. Thierry Henry played his last EPL match of the year and finished in style by scoring the game winner in extra time in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland. Landon Donovan continued his hot run of form, contributing an assist in Everton’s 2-1 win.