The Monday (Tuesday) After

I hope everyone had wonderful holiday weekend and enjoyable end of Summer.  For fans of Major League Soccer, the post-labor day period means its time for the final push to the playoffs.  Fall is a great time for soccer in the United States and the playoffs are now just weeks away.

In truth the biggest business news over the last few days came from across the sea, with the transfer window closing across Europe.  Americans were among those involved in making moves, with Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu among the USMNT veterans making last minute moves.

On to attendance, where a flurry of mid-week games started the attendance party.  DC barely passed the 10k threshold, while the Revs managed little better in their exciting draw with Chivas. However, that number was buttressed by the reported distribution of 4,000 free tickets to charity.  That same evening, Philly managed just over 16k in their home date at PPL Park.   The DC number is especially poor given the appearance of star laden New York Red Bulls.

On Friday, the Timbers managed its usual sellout in a nationally televised contest against the Rapids.  On Saturday, KC managed almost 18,500 while Columbus had a crowd of 12,500.  The Revs second home game of the week netted a crowd of just under 12k.   The Fire cruised past the 17k mark, while FC Dallas fell just shy of 13k.  Both the Galaxy and RSL managed outstanding crowds in excess of 20,000 while San Jose managed its usual 10k plus.