I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend as the transfer market came to a close overseas. The coming week promises significant excitement with the next round of qualifying, including a long awaited game in Columbus.
Weekend attendance saw highs and lows. Friday night got started with matches in Toronto and Salt Lake City. The rain soaked BMO Field saw a reported crowd in excess of 18k for the match between the Revs and TFC. The same night at Rio Tinto, more than 20k packed the stands for another RSL victory as they push towards the Supporters Shield.
The Saturday games saw more than 18k in Philadelphia as the Union continued their strong attendance in 2013. The Red Bulls played an exciting match against cellar dwelling DC United. While the crowd was announced at less than 18k, but the fans sounded loud on the NBCSN broadcast and Red Bull Arena looked good on television. Sporting fell just shy of 20k for their Saturday night match.
Perhaps the biggest attendance story of the weekend was the 20k plus in Columbus. Unfortunately for the Crew and their new owner, the big crowd wasn’t treated to any home goals and the match resulted in the termination of the coach. The Galaxy managed their first 27k sellout of the year for their dismantling of California rivals San Jose.
On Sunday the Fire also managed a solid crowd in excess of 18k for their draw with Houston at Toyota Park. Vancouver managed a crowd of just short of 19k for their Sunday match at BC Place.
Finally, the Thorns are the newly crowned NWSL Champions after their victory over the Flash at Sahlen Stadium. More than 9k were attendance for the inaugural final match of the NWSL.
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