The Monday After

It was a busy weekend in Major League Soccer and crowds were out in force at a number of venues.  Perhaps the most impressive attendance figure came from Columbus, were more than 17k fans came to Crew Stadium to see the home side get walloped by Seattle.  The upper level was nearly full in Columbus, a welcome site for a team that has been fairly humdrum in its attendance for the last couple of years.  Another franchise that has struggled at the gate is Dallas, who was able to pull more than 15k for a mid-week game with New York.  While the number represents a significant improvement over what would have been in Frisco had another team come calling, 15k is still a bit disappointing given that the game was packaged with a KISS concert.   Colorado also impressive with more than 16k to see the streaking Rapids hold off New England.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles crept over the 20k mark in a win over DC United in match that saw David Beckham play more than 35 minutes.  Big crowds are expected for the Red Bulls’ upcoming appearance at the Home Depot Center against LA, and a fit Beckham will provide even more juice for that match.  Houston also had a strong attendance night as more than 16k saw their former captain hit for two in keeping TFC’s playoff hopes alive.  Finally, a smallish crowd of under 15k saw RSL keep its home winning streak alive as the RSL kept Chicago below the playoff line.

In WPS action, 2,300 fans were at the lone playoff game of the weekend, as Philly held off Boston 1-0 in the last moments of overtime.  The game was held at John A.  Farrell Stadium in West Chester, PA.