The Monday After

We’ll start our weekend recap in Chicago, where almost 32k saw an entertaining match between the US and Poland.  Soldier field was chosen as the venue for the match (rather than Toyota Park) and the additional capacity was important.  The crowd looked good and appeared to be a reasonable mix of Polish and US fans.  With respect to the broadcast, we are often critical of FSC, so we want to give them credit for a job well done.  The broadcast came off smoothly (other than an early error involving Jay Demeritt).  FSC did a good job pushing their MLS and EPL coverage.

Elsewhere, a standing room only crowd in Kansas City and almost 19k in Philly were attendance highlights. It will be interesting to see if the Philly/Galaxy outdraws the upcoming US friendly against Columbia at PPL Park.  New York also drew a reasonably strong crowd with more than 20k at Red Bull Arena. Although the crowd didn’t match the quality of the teams on the field, more than 20 thousand on a random Saturday in October is a good number.  In Dallas, on the field success has not translated to success at the gate.  Just over 10k were at Pizza Hut Park, a disappointing crowd for a team that had seen an uptick in attendance over the last few weeks.

We’ll leave with you with a link to this recent post by Jason Davis at MatchFit USA.  Davis discusses the business of soccer of blogging in great detail and talks about the various ways bloggers make money from their pursuits.  We don’t agree with everything in the piece, but it makes for a good read.