The Monday After

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and the traditional end of Summer.

Quiet weekend in Major League Soccer with only RSL and Philly meeting in Utah.  A solid crowd of 18,700 attended the 2-1 RSL victory.  Most American fans turned their televisions to the Home Depot Center on Friday night, where the USMNT hosted Costa Rica for an international friendly.  The game was televised on ESPN2, but actually drew about 3,000 less in person than the RSL/ Philly match the following night.  The late night start in Carson (11:20 Eastern), probably cost the broadcast a fair amount of viewers on the East Coast, as the game ran well past 1:00 a.m.

Other news from the end of last week also centers on the the United States Men.  The Nats are close to finalizin a pair of Fall friendlies that will include Honduras in Miami.  Multiple reports had placed a second match (against Ecudaor) in East Hartford (Rentschler Field, home of the UCONN Huskies is an AEG facility), but that game appears destined for a different East Coast location.

One final note as you all have an enjoyable Labor Day holiday.  The Sports Business Journal reported last week that seven MLS venues have bended together to form the Soccer Stadium Alliance in an effort to attract premium entertainers to their venues.  According to SBJ, the venues are: Crew Stadium in Columbus; PPL Park in Chester, Pa.; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.; Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City; Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas; Jeld-Wen Field in Portland and BC Place in Vancouver. the teams joined together to hire a promotions firm/booking agent and will count on economies of scale to save money while securing prime attractions to their venues.