Great weekend of soccer in the United States. Before we get to the attendance numbers, a couple ownership related business stories made headlines over the weekend. The first involves the potential sale of the Houston Dynamo to Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. The much discussed potential sale included both the team and the lease for BBVA Compass Stadium. According to reports, the sale was to include the entire ownership interest in the team including the portions owned by AEG, Oscar De Le Hoya and a third partner. However, it is now being reported that AEG has rejected the deal. Whether the company made this decision because of its efforts to sell its entire portfolio of holdings is unknown. With the recent completion of their downtown stadium, solid attendance and consistent on the field success, the Dynamo seem well positioned for a sale. However, a new buyer will now have to be found.
Speaking of AEG, the LA Times is reporting the richest man in Los Angeles, Patrick Soon-Shiong, is a strong possibility for the new AEG owner. The article suggests that he is worth more than $7 billion.
On to attendance, where the Red Bulls started the league week with a paltry crowd of less than 11k. The mid-week schedule continued, with almost 14k in Columbus at Crew Stadium. Struggling Philly just got past the 16k mark for their mid-week match.
On Saturday, Montreal managed yet another 20k plus sellout as their numbers continue to impress after a rough start at Stade Saputo. The Red Bulls’ visit to Foxboro managed to draw a remarkable 24k for the Revolution, while surging Chicago continues its impressive run at the gate with more than 19k. The big numbers continued with a 27k sellout at the Home Depot Center for the Galaxy and a sold out Rio Tinto drawing in excess of 20k in Salt Lake City. Seattle fell just short of 39k with another great crowd.
On Sunday, the second PPL match of the week managed to draw more than 16,500 in Philly while DC managed a paltry crowd of less than 12k at RFK.
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