The second week of the Major League Soccer season included a series of mid-week CCL matches televised by Fox Soccer. As we said in 2011, FSC pours significant resources into televising an event that has yet to interest a significant portion of American Soccer Fans. Games from Honduras, El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago do not grab the imaginations of fans focused on European soccer and the MLS regular season. The stands are often empty for these games and field conditions are typically terrible Despite these challenges, FSC has made a devoted and dedicated effort to broadcast these matches from all reaches of the region. For fans of MLS and soccer in the Americas, FSC’s coverage is more than sufficient and is a welcome beacon in the late Winter when the knockout stages of the tournament kick off. FSC’s coverage may not be ideal, but it is important. If the tournament wasn’t televised, it would fade into obscurity and importance. Improved camera work and commentary are inexpensive enhancements that will come with time. Until then, celebrate FSC’s broadcasts of the Champions League.
On to attendance from the second round of games. TFC started the weekend with an upset of heavily favored Sporting Kansas City. The game drew almost 26k at the Rogers Centre. The match was no played at TFC’s usual BMO Filed ground. On Saturday night, just over 17k made the trek to RFK for United’s home opener, while the Revs and Fire played before an announced crowd of just over 13k at frigid Toyota Park. Vancouver closed the night with just over 18k at BC Place. Portland pulled its usual 20k plus.
On Sunday, the attendance nightmare in Los Angles continued with Chivas drawing only 6800 at the Home Depot Center.
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