Before we get the attendance numbers from the July 4th holiday, the big business story that burst onto the scene at the end of last week was the announcement that Philadelphia 76ers minority owners Erick Thohir and Jason Levien will join current owner Will Chang in ownership of DC United. According to ESPN.com, “sources say Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate who ranks as the first Asian owner in NBA history, and Levien, who worked as an NBA player agent before a stint in the Sacramento Kings‘ front office that preceded his involvement with the Sixers, will make the construction of a new soccer-specific stadium for DC United their top priority.” For more on Thohir, click here.
For a team that has been working for years to escape RFK Stadium this is obviously big news. We have been covering United’s efforts to find a stadium since this site started in 2009. There have been flirtations with the District, Virginia and Baltimore. Money, political and market conditions have all contributed to the struggles to find a stadium. Perhaps the infusion of new blood and and cash will jumpstart the process.
On to attendance, where the league started its week with an array of games around the July 4th holiday. The matches started on the 3rd, with more than 22k in attendance in Houston and more than 20k in Portland. On the 4th, the odd attendance story in Montreal continued with only 12k at Stade Saputo for their mid-week game. Colorado fell just shy of 19k for their annual Independence day extravaganza. RSL pulled a crowd of just over 20k while the Galaxy managed a 27k sellout. Dallas put up a remarkable crowd in excess of 21k.
Matches continued won Saturday, with more than 19k at LiveStrong, while Dallas receded to just over 10k after its huge weekend number. Salt Lake City pushed past 16k for their Saturday night home date. Chivas squeezed past 11k while Seattle managed more than 39k for their first win in quite some time.
On Sunday, the Union performed before a crowd in excess of 18k as their effort to resurrect their season continues. Chicago managed a sellout of 20k at Toyota Park against the Galaxy.
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