The Monday After

Another busy week/weekend in American soccer.  Before we get to the attendance picture, here are a couple of other business notes from the last few days.  We’ll start in the world of television, where Fox Soccer Plus has announced a free preview from August 22 to August 28.  The week long preview will include matches from Champions League, EPL, Ligue 1 and Serie A.  According to the network press release, the FOX Soccer Plus free preview is available on select FOX Soccer Plus affiliates:  AT&T, Bend Broadband, Blue Ridge, Cox, DIRECTV, Frontier, Full Channel, RCN, SureWest and Verizon.  Noticeably absent fro that list is the largest cable provider Comcast.  One other business note.  Multiple outlets are reporting that Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o has signed the richest player contract in soccer history topping out at almost $29 million per year.  If true, the deal would put Eto’o’s wage more than $10 million over that of Ronaldo and Messi.

On to attendance, where the week started with a slew of Wednesday matches.   The Revs hosted Houston on Wednesday night before just under 11,000.  Sporting was also at home on Wednesday and played in front of more than 15k.  Chicago mustered almost 16k for their nationally televised match against DC United. On Saturday, the Revs rode the Red Bulls lone visit to Gillette to a crowd of almost 19,000.  Perpetually disappointing Columbus fell just short of 14k.   Houston fell just shy of 16,250, Portland saw more than 18,200 and Colorado impressed with almost 17k.  Dallas dragged down the average with 11,600 but Robbie Keane’s debut brought a full house of 27k to the HDC bringing the weekend average over 17,500. Perhaps most impressive, more than 10k fans came out to see the Timbers and Whitecaps reserves square off on Sunday.  Chicago hosted more than 12k on Sunday for their 2-0 victory over Toronto on Sunday.

In WPS playoff action, more than 5400 fans turned out for Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory over Magicjack.  The game was held at PPL Park.