Busy weekend in Major League Soccer, but before we get to the attendance numbers, here are a couple of quick hitters from the last couple of days. The Philly Inquirer provided this article over the weekend that looked at Philadelphia areas sports fans and teams. Perhaps most interesting from the soccer perspective, was the statement that the Union enjoy a 2 thousand person season ticket waiting list. Further, the team would consider expanding PPL Park if that list reaches 8-9,000.
One other business note. Although we focus on American Soccer, it would be hard to deny the appeal of El Classico. The La Liga match-up was a featured story on a number of mainstream sports outlets. Messi and Ronaldo are household names in many American hardcore sports families.
The week of games started with two mid-week tilts, one on each coast. Neither drew an impressive attendance number, with United failing to clear 11k at RFK while Vancouver earned its smallest crowd in team history with just over 15k. The ongoing NHL playoffs may have contributed to the disappointing numbers.
Perpetually disappointing TFC started the weekend with more than 19k at BMO to witness another loss to start the 2012 season. Columbus failed to crack 10,500 at Crew Stadium, continuing a weak attendance trend. A big crowd descended upon Commerce City where more than 19k saw the Rapids come home. This is in excess of a sellout and represents the sale of standing room tickets for the match. Vancouver rebounded with more than 18k for their Saturday night game. Portland provided its usual 20k plus, while the San Jose Earthquakes managed its typical 10k plus (that stadium cannot get build fast enough). Chivas USA managed to sneak past 14k, a marked improvement over earlier in the season. Finally, DC managed more than 13k in a driving rain for its 4-1 victory over the visiting Red Bulls
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