Before we take a look at MLS attendance from the weekend, a quick note on our “new” look. The front page of Footiebusiness has been revamped to (hopefully) make things easier to navigate. After more than three years with the same front page, it was time to make a few changes. Hopefully it will be easier to access the Footiebusiness Twitter feed and soccer links while still providing access to the site’s content. Check out the About the Author tab and note the addition of a “Contributors” tab at the top of the page. Dave Laidig has officially been added as a Footiebusiness Contributor (I’m sure his family is very proud), and you can see some of Dave’s content under the Contributor tab. The process of cleaning up the links has started as well, as some of the sites had been inactive for quite some time. Feel free to send some sites worth linking our way and don’t hesitate to drop a line with comments on the new look.
On to attendance, where the weekend got started with a solid 38,300 at Century Link Field for the Sounders’ home victory over Houston. The match was broadcast on NBCSN and drew some national coverage because of a derogatory term shouted by Dynamo midfielder Colin Clarke. The theory that any publicity is good publicity will be tested by the league’s reaction to the event.
Elsewhere, more than 20k braved the rain at BMO field to watch TFC get trounced by San Jose. Later on Saturday, Columbus opened its home campaign before a solid 18k plus, while the Revs, despite a doubleheader pairing, managed just over 12k for their home opener. Chicago also managed more than 18k for their home opener. The Chicago and Columbus numbers are especially impressive, because both represent a 50% increase over the home openers in 2011.
In Salt Lake City, more than 20k packed Rio Tinto for a rare RSL home loss. Vancouver pulled more than 19k in the nightcap. In New York, attendance was reported at just over 21k.
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