Full slate of games in Major League Soccer this weekend. Before we get to the attendance figures, one quick note. The NFL draft was the weekend and the first overall pick, Andrew Luck, is someone with Major League Soccer ties. Luck’s father, Oliver Luck, was the head of the Dynamo front office until recently and MLS has played up that connection by featuring an interview on their website featuring Luck and talking soccer. Any crossover is beneficial to the league and Luck is a charismatic figure and could be a good source of positive press for the league if Luck becomes an established star.
The league week started on Wednesday with just over 10k in Dallas, a decent weekday crowd for the Metroplex. The Montreal Impact hosted the Timbers on Friday night and exceeded 19k while counting down towards the move to their permanent Stade Saputo home. On Saturday, the Red Bulls started with more than 18,500 for their match with New England, while the Union managed just over 18k at PPL Park.
DC United managed almost 14k at RFK for their Saturday night match, while Columbus fell just short of 12k. Both matches were played in unusually chilly late April weather in the East. In Chicago, the Fire hosted more than 14k at Toyota Park, while at RSL, more than 17k packed into Rio Tinto as RSL managed to squeak past TFC at home. Both are solid crowds for an April Saturday evening.
In the late night games, Colorado fell just shy of 11k in another tough weather game. The Galaxy managed a big crowd at the Home Depot Center, with more than 23k on hand to witness a match that was tight until the end.