The Monday After

Full slate of games in Major League Soccer and WPS.   Before we get our regular look at attendance, here are a couple of other business stories from the weekend.  One quick note. Special thanks to the folks at World Football Daily and American Soccer Show for having me on in the last couple of days to talk about some of the big business issues in American soccer.  Not surprisingly, the focus of the calls was the big NBC/MLS deal.  I will post links to those interviews going forward.

The MLS Summer transfer window has closed and the silly season provided MLS fans with hours of mindless entertainment as rumors came and went or became reality.  Once again, Twitter was the perfect vehicle for fans to follow the action as names like Keane, Adu and Tagoe were passed around the Twitterverse by journalists, bloggers and fans alike.  More big salaries came to MLS as the new collective bargaining agreement has provided teams more flexibility to pursue big name signings.

On to attendance…The weekend started in Toronto, where the struggling Reds earned a win and performed before a great crowd of mor ethan 21,500.   Later in the day more than 36k packed Qwest to watch the Sounders while more than 25k filled Red Bull Arena.  DC saw a disaapointing  crowd of just over 11k despite a rising team and a typically solid fanbase.  Just over 13k came to Columbus to see the Crew knock off the Revs while almost 19k were at PPL Park for Adu’s debut.  10,500 saw San Jose on Saturday night and 13k came to DSG Park.