The Monday After

Big weekend for soccer in the United States with the Gold Cup Final, kick off of the Women’s World Cup and regular MLS action around the country.  This includes the odd decision to run a number of MLS matches while the Gold Cup Final was going forward in California.

All 32 matches of the Women’s World cup will be televised in HD on the ESPN family of networks.  ESPN will carry the bulk of the matches with only 9 games allocated to ESPN2.  Matches will also be available on for those with access to that internet service. will also carry the games.  Almost all of the games will provide commentary from the site of the match and all will be broadcast live.  ESPN wil have its pre-game, halftime and post-game shows from Germany.

Fox Soccer Channel broadcast the Gold Cup Final from the Rose Bowl anchored by its lead team of DellaCamera and Martino.  Wynalda, Sullivan and Jones continued to hold down the studio, with a guest appearance from US International Stuart Holden.  Brian Dunseth continued as the network’s sideline reporter. Overall the broadcast quality was solid as FSC continues to improve its ability to show live matches in the States.  More than 93k were in attendance at the Rose Bowl for the game.

On the MLS attendance front, the week started with solid crowds of more than 18k in Philly and 14,900 in Chicago.  Seattle opened its gates for the RBNY match and more than 46k came to Century Link for the game.  On Saturday night, more than 18k again packed PPL while just over 15k were at Rio Tinto.  Dallas and San Jose crept past the 10k mark while more than 18,400 were at LiveStrong Sporting Park.  DC and RFK hosted just over 15,700.  The big numbers continued with almost 17k at Toyota Park for a Sunday  matinee and another large crowd in Seattle for their Sunday game against the Revs.