The Weekend in Review: Attendance All Around

wpsWith all the soccer over the last few weeks, we thought we would take a look at the big numbers watching soccer across the States in person.  We have neglected our weekly look at attendance in MLS and WPS, so we will start there.  Overall it was a very good weekend for MLS teams, and the attendance numbers started strong with a Friday night tilt in Salt Lake City.  More than 18k were in attendance for the 4-2 barn burner; this is a good night for RSL.  Elsewhere, Kansas City drew a sell out crowd for their Saturday night match against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

In Columbus, more than 13k were in attendance for the Crew’s exciting 3-2 victory over TFC (a game apparently boycotted by traveling Toronto supporters).   A crowd of just over 9k was in San Jose for a 2-2 draw between the Quakes and DC United.  Just under 17k was in Colorado for the Rapids 4-0 destruction of the woeful Red Bulls. This game was the “re-do” of the failed July 4th fireworks night. Finally, Houston reported 15k for their 1-0 loss to the Revs.  For whatever it’s worth, the crowd looked much smaller on TV.

There were three games this week in WPS, starting with a Wednesday night match in St. Louis between Sky Blue and St. Louis.  Approximately 3700 were in attendance for that mid-week game.  The following night FC Gold Pride and the Sol played to a 0-0 draw before a similarly sized crowd in Santa Clara.  Just over 4k were in Boston for the match between Sky Blue and the Breakers.  In Chicago, just over 5k saw Chicago hold off Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Gold Cup final drew almost 80k for the Mexican whitewash of the US.   Big crowds also descended upon Foxboro and Dallas for games in the World Football Challenge.