Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Other than my propane tank catching fire Monday afternoon, it was a relaxing weekend of family, nice weather and some soccer. Before we get to attendance, here are a couple of business items. First, for those of you who are Sports Illustrated readers, I recommend Grant Wahl’s excellent piece looking at Didier Drogba. Drogba is a fascinating figure and coverage of soccer in a mainstream sports publication is always worth a read.
One other non-attendance note. the Montreal Impact have become the latest team to add a DP to their roster. On Monday the team announced Italian International Marco Di Vaio as their new attacking option. The 35 year old forward most recently played for Bologna and last played for the Azurri 8 years ago.
On the attendance front, the mid0week matches started with just under 14k at Red Bull Arena and just under 12k at Toyota Park. In Los Angeles, the Galaxy manged just 16,500 for their mid-week tilt, while Seattle managed more than 38k.
On Saturday, the Dynamo managed a home sellout in excess of 22k on Saturday, while struggling TFC managed a win and crowd in excess of 18k for their first win of the 2012 league season. Colorado managed a great crowd of almost 18k while RSL hosted more than 19k at Rio Tinto. Columbus also saw a great crowd in excess of 16k while DC United kept their winning ways going at home before just under 15k. Chivas got more than 12k at the HDC while Portland saw its usual 2ok plus.
On Sunday, Kansas city came up just shy of 20k. One side note, the USA National Team game in Jacksonville drew a crowd in excess of 44k. That is a big crowd for city often criticized for its poor support of the Jaguars.