The Monday After

Before we get to our weekly attendance roundup, here a couple of business related stories from the weekend that was.  We’ll start with popular radio program World Football Daily, where I was invited to chat with the hosts for 25 minutes on Friday about the business of the American game.  This was my third time on the program and it is always fun. We talked about shirt sponsors, soccer stadiums, Rossi and more.   A copy of the interview will be posted here as soon as the file can be uploaded.

We’ll move to Sports Illustrated, where the weekly magazine has provided soccer writer Grant Wahl with ample opportunity to discuss the USMNT.  Two weeks ago, Wahl discussed the outbreak of dual passport holders involved in the national team pool.  SI devoted four pages to the topic.  The most recent edition of SI included a one page Wahl piece on the Nats’ disappointing opening round at the Gold Cup.  As we have said in the past, SI is the most mainstream of sports magazines and is read by millions of Americans each week.  Any opportunity for soccer to grab ink before that large non-soccer specific audience, is extremely valuable.

Now for a quick look at weekend attendance, including the more than 60k that turned out to the new Meadowlands to see Mexico and Guatemala.  In MLS action, the week got off to a rough start with less than 7k at Gillette for the Revs/TFC match.  The Revs did better on Saturday night, with more than 14k in attendance.   Friday night at LiveStrong was lively, with a reported 18, 467.  TFC saw a big crowd for its home match against Seattle, with almost 22k at BMO Field.  The Galaxy worked their magic in Colorado, with more than 18k at DSG Park.  Rio Tinto hosted just under 17k in Salt Lake while Robertson saw just over 13k through the turnstiles.  Vancouver cracked the 20k barrier, while just over 13k were at the Home Depot Center for Chivas USA.