We recommend you check out the Match Fit USA soccer podcast. There is some great discussion about the world of US soccer, including expansion in Philly, the upcoming qualifier and more. Enjoy the show!
Another full slate of games in MLS and WPS this weekend and a world cup qualifier on the horizon. This week represented the return of the ESPN game of the week, and the Worldwide Leader got a good one with the Thursday night Chivas/Blanco match-up. Please see our live business blog of that match here. Chivas USA got the attendance week off to a good start with a reported 20k+ in attendance the day after less than 9k were in Columbus for a mid-week game.
Strong attendance continued with almost 16k in New England on Saturday night (this is what passes for good attendance at Gillette these days), 16k in Houston, about 20k in Los Angeles and almost 30k in Seattle. These are solid numbers for all of these franchises and may represent a Spring upswing for some of these teams. Los Angeles is nowhere near the numbers of the past years, but the ability to draw a solid 20k without Beckham is a good sign for the club. Dallas and New York also deserve recognition for pulling solid numbers, with 13k in Dallas for a Sunday afternoon match and a reported 12k at Giants Stadium.
There were three weekend games in WPS, with action in Los Angeles, Washington and New Jersey. 6200 saw Marta and the Sol defeat St. Louis 2-0. In Washington, the League continued its tradition of not reporting attendance, while in New Jersey less than 3500 were in attendance.
More than 30k were in attendance to see Jamaica and El Salvador in World Cup warm-up at RFK. This is a big number in a stadium that has become a familiar ground for El Salvador. As noted above, the US Men get back into action this week. We will post a business blog of that game to touch on the ads, production and more of the match from Cost Rica.