Soccer Business Bits: Trouble in Chester? & Weekend Preview

phillyBack in August, we explored the possibility that the new Union stadium might not be ready for its 2010 opening.  Over the last couple of days there have been multiple reports exploring the possibility that the Union are exploring alternative arrangements for their 2010 opener.  According to quotes from team president Tom Veit, construction is on schedule for the home opener, but the team is exploring using Lincoln Financial Field for the game in the event there are construction delays.

In our view, this would be a mini-disaster for the club.  Opening in a half filled stadium would take the wind out of the opener and likely set the franchise back in front of the fickle sports media and fans of Philadelphia.  The Union has one shot to get it right and should do everything in its power to ensure it does.  If that means sending Philly on a prolonged road trip (see Galaxy, Los Angeles) to start the season, MLS should seriously entertain that option.

Speaking of stadiums, check out this post at Pitch Invasion about recent developments in Kansas City.  We touched on this issue last week.

Another full slate of games in MLS this weekend.  Interestingly, the weekend starts with two Friday night games including matches in San Jose and New York.  ESPN2 will televise the San Jose match.  After the Friday match ups, there are a couple of exciting games with big playoff implications.  With matches in Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle, there is a strong liklihood of good attendance on the weekend.  There don’t appear to  any big promotions for the weekend matches.