Soccer Business Bits: Summer of Soccer Part Deux, KC Radio & More

2009 was the Summer of Soccer in the United States with club teams from around the world playing MLS clubs and other foreign squads across the country.  Big crowds turned out for these games and soccer was  prominent in the media in multiple cities around the country as newspapers were forced to cover packed stadiums and cheering masses.  Over the last few days a number of games for the Summer of 2010 have fallen into place.  Some of these include the following:   Benefica will visit the Revs in May, DC United will face Rangers in July and AC Milan in May.  The Red Bulls will play Juventus in May, Chicago will play PSG in May, Seattle will play Boca Juniors and Celtic.   We have repeatedly supported these games as an opportunity to expose soccer fans to MLS product while increasing soccer awareness to skeptical sports fans.  The quality of the games may suffer becauses of the looming World Cup, but any opportunity to introduce soccer to sports fans and MLS to soccer fans is welcome.

In Kansas City, the Wizards are starting their English and Spanish radio broadcast seasons with new shows on multiple stations in the Kansas City area.   The Kansas City Soccer Show on Sports Radio 810 AM, will cover the Wizards, international soccer and the World Cup.  The show will also feature interviews with Wizards players, coaches and executives.  Zona Wizards will be a Spanish language weekly show that will feature interviews with Wizards players and coaches that will air weekly on La Gran D 1340 AM, which is also the Wizards Spanish-language flagship station.

Finally, the Superliga schedule for 2010 has been announced.  Chicago, New England, Houston and Chivas USA will be the MLS participants.  Games will go forward at the Home Depot Center, Robertson Stadium and Toyota Park.  Interestingly, the Revs’ home games do not yet have a confirmed location.  Attendance at Gillette for SuperLiga has been terrible over the years and the Revs are reportedly exploring other venues in the Boston area for SuperLiga games.  If they can find a suitable spot in Boston proper and promote the game, it could be a good opportunity to showcase the Revs to an uraban audience.