Soccer Business Bits: Vancouver Season Tickets, Champions League Attendance & More

Time for a quick look at some business items around MLS and US Soccer.  We’ll start in Vancouver, where the Whitecaps have set their season ticket prices for year two.  According the Vancouver Sun, season tickets at BC Place will increase by 1-3% in year two of the team’s Major League Soccer tournament.   The lowest end ticket will go for $329 (a $10 raise) while the most expensive season tickets will sell for $988 (a $22 jump).  Interestingly the pricing schedule is based on a 17 game regular season and 2 Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches.  However, the amount of games to be played in MLS remains a mystery with Montreal joining in 2012. It is unclear how the team will handle pricing if the schedule changes.  Vancouver has more than 15k season ticket holders in 2011 and hopes to increase that number as the team moves to BC Place.

It was a banner week for Major League Soccer in the first round of group stage games in the CONCACAF Champoins League.  5 squads from MLS qualfied for this phase of the tournament that is continuing its rise prominence. Success at the gate however, is difficult to measure.  Just over 8k fans made it to the Home Depot Center for the Galaxy’s home match on Wednesday.  Colorado managed just half that number for their home win.  Just over 10k came out to Qwest for Sounders home victory. The away matches were also fairly lightly attended.

We’ll end with some quick hits. Multiple sources are reporting on a possible George John transfer to EPL side Blackburn. If the move goes through, it should represent a tidy profit for FC Dallas and MLS and would provide a glimpse into the potential benefits of the new DP focus on young players. Elsewhere, the machinations of the Galaxy and Chivas USA surrounding the trade of Juan Pablo Angel and transfer of Robbie Keane are complete.  With all paperwork reportedly finalize, Keane is set to debut for Los Angeles.