Monday After

I’ll start with a “stay safe” wish to all of you.  I know that many of my readers are along the East Cost/Mid-Atlantic corridors with Sandy taking dead aim.   Here in Hartford, we had 10 days of power outages last October and may have the same this time around, but the worst of the storm may be elsewhere.   To those of you in Sandy’s path, stay safe.

Bit of a programming note from my end.  Presuming power goes down, there will likely be some down time for Footiebusiness.  Hopefully we will back up as the playoffs get started.

One final note.  Media voting for the end of season awards ends on Tuesday and I logged my votes tonight.  I will discuss those at a later date, but once again the “business” award for best front office was no longer one of the categories.  I will conduct my own version of that award sometime in November.

On to attendance for the final week of the season, which started with a mid-week match in Kansas City before almost 19,500 at LiveStrong Sporting Park.   The Saturday games started with more than 18,500 at PPL for the Red Bulls/Union match.  The solid crowds continued with almost 20k in Montreal for the final game of the Impact’s inaugural season.  Chicago crept past the 20k mark for their final regular season home match with a play-in game looming on the horizon.

Portland finished a disappointing season on the field with another full house at Jeld-Wen. The 20k crowds continued with an uninspired 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto on Saturday.  Colorado finished its season with a win before more than 15k at DSG Park.  A similar crowd filled Crew Stadium to see the home team pull off a win over bottom dwellers TFC.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Hey, I just wanted to leave a comment to register my appreciation for your blog…I just found it and it’s a good read.

    I’m coming up on a full year of being a soccer fan. My daughter & I started watching our local favorites during the Galaxy’s playoff run last year, and it was entertaining enough to hook me. Then ESPN broadcast Everton vs. Aston Villa, and I was drawn in by Donovan vs. Keane but stayed for the BPL. The family attended the LA vs Toronto match a few weeks back and had a blast, if Carson wasn’t so far away I’d get season tickets. (Note to MLS–bringing Chivas to Orange County won’t win me over. Send them to Sacramento or San Diego…)

    I’m not a total newbie, I was part of the original youth soccer boom, I can boast of attending a California Surf match…and I was at UCLA for the 1990 College Cup win. (I can’t believe Friedel’s still hanging on. I need 3 Advil just to click my mouse for a living.)

    On the UCLA note, I had a roommate my senior year who had been in the US less than a week when I met him. He flew in from London for his PhD, and loved the weather but missed his club (Arsenal, if I recall). When he learned that the best club in the US was on campus, he didn’t seem all that intrigued, but by the end of the season he had the team poster on his wall, next to his map of the London Underground. That was a pretty special team to be sure, but the lesson hold–put a good product on the field, and your local, natural supporters will support you…put garbage on the field, especially in LA, and you will be moving your team to Oakland or St. Louis in short order.

  2. Thanks Greg. Great comment. Really interesting that the stacking of tv for the different leagues worked. NBC will hope that continues next year.

  3. There was no way that the Columbus Crew drew anywhere close to 15k at the season finale. I was at the game. It was the emptiest stadium I have ever seen.

    The only ways is if the Crew had 10-11k season ticket holders then another 4k come to the game…but literally very few season ticket holders showed up…then maybe they get that attendance number. My buddy is a supporter in the Nordecke and lives in Columbus, he had no idea there was even a game…shocking. Crew make some changes.

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