Thanks for your patience. I am back from vacation and ready to write as Major League Soccer prepares for its playoff push, European leagues get underway, World Cup Qualifying heats up and the Fall television season is upon us. I hope you enjoyed some of the vault posts from the past and thank you for some of the comments posted here or to the footiebusiness e-mail in my absence. Sorry for the lack of responses during that time.
We’ll have more later in the week, but before jumping to attendance, a quick note about San Jose’s stadium announcement. The Quakes will break ground on their $60 million stadium on October 21 with an opening slated for 2014. The long running saga now seems close to conclusion, an exciting development for the team and its fans. For more, click here.
Now on to attendance. In addition to Champions League games, there were a pair of mid-week MLS tilts. Neither game drew heavily, with Columbus and DC both managing just over 10,000 fans for their Wednesday home matches. The attendance ship was righted two nights later with approximately 18,500 at PPL Park for a nationally televised match on the NBCSN. The crowd in Philly sounded great despite the absence of goals.
On Saturday, Montreal slid past the 20k mark with a sellout for the Impact’s impressive victory over DC. After some early attendance troubles, Montreal has started to perform better at the gate. On Saturday night, the Crew rebounded slightly with just over 13,600 for their thriller against the Revs. In Houston, more than 19k squeezed into BBVA Compass Stadium for the Dynamo draw with TFC. The Timbers sold out yet again with more than 20k at Jeld-Wen, while Chivas USA fell just short of 12k at the Home Depot Center. San Jose managed its usual 10k plus.
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