Over the weekend, the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake announced that Subaru will be the presenting sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Cup. The rivalry will include three matches in 2012. According to the press release, “The Rapids and Subaru will also host a special tailgate for the supporters before the Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup match. Both Subaru and the Rapids will also work with supporters’ groups to innovate ways to enhance the rivalry and assist the fans in developing the Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup. These efforts will include giveaways, special deals, promotions, media opportunities, pub crawls and more.”
The Charlotte Observer weighs in with this piece about the possibility of MLS expansion in the Carolinas.
With respect to attendance, the week opened on Wednesday where RSL played host to more than 20k fans at Rio Tinto. That is a great crowd for a mid-week game. On Thursday night in Frisco, FC Dallas knocked off the Revs in stoppage time before just over 11k at FC Dallas Stadium. Montreal continued the solid showing with more than 23k at their second home game. In Columbus, the arrival of Thierry Henry only resulted in a crowd in the 11,500 range. The Red Bulls are the league’s second most glamorous franchise, so the smallish crowd is disappointing.
In Kansas City, Sporting drew a raucous crowd of more than 20k for the arrival of the league’s glitziest team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. Oddly, RSL’s second game of the week drew less than 17k after the big mid-week crowd. In Portland, more than 20,000 came to Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday night. DC United drew a solid crowd in excess of 15k while San Jose sold its typical allotment of just over 10k.
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