First time in a while that we have a full slate of MLS matches about which to post. Before we get there, one of our readers requested some information on the young DP rule passed last Summer by MLS leadership. Here is a link to the official story from the MLS website. Here is a link to a story raising some of the concerns about American players.
The weekend saw the opening of the newly renovated Stade Saputo. Obviously a big moment for the Impact, but one that will cause a decrease in the team attendance thanks to the lower capacity over Olympic Stadium. More on the attendance for the stadium opener below.
The Euro 2012 matches continued with the final group stage games paired concurrently on the various ESPN networks. This format always leads to high drama but necessarily detracts from per channel ratings. Once again, Twitter has been an unbeatable companion to watching the matches. I would be curious if there are any reader Twitter recommendations for follows relating to soccer. Perhaps this will be its own post down the road.
Now on to attendance. Struggling Philly saw a mid-week managerial change but still managed its typical 18k plus at PPL Park. Surging Vancouver also impressed at the gate with more than 19k at BC Place. Beautiful weather did not translate into a large crowd at Gillette with just over 12k in attendance for the Revs. Houston continued its strong numbers at its new home with more than 22k in attendance for the arrival of FC Dallas in a big rivalry game in Texas.
The first game in Montreal’s new digs drew just over 17k. The game was not a sellout, despite the re-opening of the facility. This is somewhat curious and bears watching. Despite problems for LiveStrong persona Lance Armstrong, Sporting Kansas City cruised past 20k with a solid crowd for their first home match in a while. Chivas fell just short of 13k at the Home Depot Center.
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