The Monday After

Quick note before we dive into our usual “Monday After” updates.  The rest of the week will be devoted to the All-Star Game from Red Bull Arena.  I will be at the game on Wednesday night and at some of the events leading up to the match.  Lots of important business goes on at the ASG and I will do my best to document what I can.  MLS sponsors and their representatives will descend upon New York and I will try and cover it all.  Notes about small business items like  El Jimador’s sponsored Margarita events and the AT&T sponsored All-Star Hub in SoHo will continue via my Twitter feed.  @Footiebusiness.  Drop a line via Twitter or e-mail if there is some business point you want us to explore over the next couple of days.

The usual Monday after must start with an impressive attendance weekend in WPS.  The Western New York Flash played host to magicJack and more than 15,400 people on Wednesday at Sahlen Stadium.  The game was also televised by FSC (despite not appearing on the original schedule). On Saturday, only 1600 brave the New York Metro area heat to see Sky Blue and Philly.  However, Atlanta filled its new stadium beyond capacity on Saturday night with more than 9k in attendance for their scoreless draw.

On the MLS side, there was a complete slate of league and WFC matches bringing crowds to the stadiums.  Just under 15,600 were at RFK on Wednesday night despite searing heat in Washington.  More than 21k came out to BMO Field to see TFC’s new additions lose to Dallas.  Colorado cracked 15k that night and the Galaxy crested 24k.  Only San Jose disappointed with just over 8k.   On Saturday, just over 17k filled Red Bull Arena on a night that included a protest by the fans, while in Columbus, just over 11k made the trip to Crew Stadium.  Colorado dropped 3k below its mid-week number while KC cleared 16k for its tilt against TFC.   RSL packed Rio Tinto with more than 19k while Chivas barely cleared 11k.