The Monday After

Another busy soccer weekend here in the States, with MLS, WPS and Gold Cup action.  Before we take a look at attendance, there are a couple of other stories worth noting.  We’ll start in Portland, where the Timbers have cut a great pair of commercials with their presenting sponsor Alaska Airlines.  The commercials are entertaining and the priority bording offered to fans wearing a Timbers jersey further cements the relationship between the team and the sponsor.  The airline is the first domestic carrier to sponsor an MLS team.   The arrangement includes multi level digital advertising at the renovated PGE Park and a role in the Timbers’ youth set-up.  Alaska Airlines employs approximately 2,300  employees in the Portland area.

On the attendance front, Red Bull Arena saw a solid crowd of just over 21k as the Red Bulls edged New England.  This followed more than 18k at LiveStrong Sporting Park for the stadium opener.  Philly had another great crowd a PPL Park, with more than 18,500 in attendance. 14k plus were at RFK for a DCU loss, while more than 19k were in Houston for the Dynamo.  Portland saw more than 18k, while the Galaxy managed to top 20,000 at the Home Depot Center.  Columbus was the only drag on attendance, with another sub-10k crowd mid-week.  However, the team rebounded nicely with more than 13k on Sunday.    Seattle saw its ususal big number, with more than 36k at Qwest.

The US Men were upset by Panama on Saturday night.  More than 27,700 were at Raymond James in Tampa to see the match.

2 Responses

  1. Good attendance weekend across the league for the most part.

  2. I was at the U.S. vs Panama game. Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline,we had an awesome time! It was nice watching an international match with all the passion and drama that soccer provides.

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