Another busy weekend in Major League Soccer, but before looking at attendance from the last round of matches, a couple of quick business notes. First, Saturday afternoon saw the telecast of the Champions League Final to a worldwide audience that included the United States. The match was broadcast on over-the-air television via the FOX network and featured Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The Chelsea victory comes with a hidden benefit for MLS. The European champions will be guests of both the Seattle Sounders and the Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The presence of the FA Cup and Kings of the Champions League adds to the profile of Chelsea’s American Summer Tour.
The MLS week started with a Tuesday night tilt at BBVA Compass Stadium. The game again drew a crowd in excess of 22k. A mid-week crowd of just over 11,500 scattered throughout RFK for DC United’s weeknight match. The weekend started in Vancouver with a packed crowd of 21k in attendance for Cascadia Cup match. Later that day, DC managed to eclipse 14k in their second home game of the week.
The Revs managed almost 16,500 for their draw with the Dynamo. That number was seemingly bolstered by an armed forces ticket give-away in excess of 3,000 seats. Montreal drew more than 20k at Olympic Stadium as the days count down to the re-opening of Stade Saputo. Dallas cracked the 13k mark will the Rapids managed to shoot past 15k at DSG Park late Saturday night. Chivas hosted the LA Galaxy on Saturday night but failed to get a crowd in excess of 19k for the Classico. San Jose got its usual 10k plus for their home match against the Crew.