Goals galore in Major League Soccer this weekend, with the notable exception of the highly promoted and nationally televised Vancouver/Seattle match. That game was one of two NBC Sports Network games broadcast over the weekend, including the Friday evening match from Kansas City. Before we get to the attendance picture, here are a couple of other business items from the last couple of days.
The NBCSCN game from Vancouver was preceded by another MLS 36 episode on the network. This ongoing excellent series (although personally I think each episode has been slightly less interesting than the last), focuses on the life of a particular player in the 36 hours leading up to a game televised by NBCSN. In addition to the recent Darlington Nagbe broadcast, there was also a Wondo version featuring the lead-up to the All Star Game, a Montero version focusing on Chelsea and a DeRo version as well. As the Oregonian points out, Nagbe was also featured in advertisement for FIFA ’13.
On to attendance, where the Friday night game featured a record setting crowd in excess of 21k at LiveStrong Sporting Park. Kansas City continues to impress in their new digs and their rise from downtrodden to model franchise. On Saturday night the big crowds continued, with an enormous crowd in excess of 25k at Red Bull Arena for an exciting New York victory. In Houston, the rain kept the crowds away, but with tickets already sold, the reported crowd was in excess of 22k. In Vancouver a sell out of 21k was reported for the Cascadia Cup match. Columbus managed a crowd of just over 14k for their home date at Crew Stadium.
Portland managed their usual 20k plus while Chivas failed to clear the 12k hurdle at the Home Depot Center. San Jose managed its usual disappointing crowd of just over 10k because of the attendance limit at the stadium.
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