The Monday After: Week Three

Saturday was the biggest day in Major League Soccer history with 16 teams involved in 8 games for the first time.  The weather around the country was fairly good ensuring sizable crowds in most venues.  There were only two nationally televised games (ESPN did not have a game this week) making for a busy (and generally successful) weekend for Direct Kick and Matchday Live.  The reports from both media was largely positive.

The weekend started in Los Angeles, with 12,500 in attendance for Chivas’ 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten and unscored upon New York.  In Philly, approximately 35k saw the Union’s first ever win and home game.  The atmosphere was great and the game provided 90 minutes of attacking soccer.  Vice President Biden was omnipresent at the Linc, adding a level of celebrity and gravitas to the proceedings. Big numbers continued in Chicago, where more than 20k saw Chicago fall to San Jose.

In New England, 12,800 saw the Revs explode for 4 second half goals to get by winless TFC.  A sellout crowd of 10,200 were in Kansas City for the Wizards victory over the Rapids, while 16,500 were in Houston where the home team fell to the Galaxy.  Across the state, attendance saw a jump in Dallas where 10,500 were on hand for a 2-2 tie between the home team and Columbus.  Finally, solid crowd of almost 20k were at Rio Tinto for RSL’s 2-2 draw with Seattle.

The biggest single day in MLS history was also a box office success.  The numbers were especialy good given that neither Seattle nor New York hosted games.  The big numbers in Chicago and Salt Lake City were especially impressive.