Monday After

impactAnother weekend of Major League Soccer is complete, but the biggest soccer story of the weekend was the Commerce City based World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica.  Played in blizzard conditions before a sellout crowd at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (recall that the game was a sellout on the first day tickets were available).  The game was televised on ESPN with Ian Darke and Twellman on the call.  Yet from a business perspective the game was notable because of the amount of publicity the conditions generated for the match.  The images of snow soccer proved riveting for highlights producers and others and put American Soccer on recap shows and in newspapers 14 months before the World Cup in Brazil.

On to attendance, where a wide range of lingering cold weather may have contributed to some low numbers around the league.  The weekend started on a high note with more than 26k in Montreal to see the Impact move to 4-0 with a win over the Henry-less Red Bulls.  Later on Saturday, United played before a very disappointing 11k at RFK.   The Revs opened their home season at Gillette before a smallish 12k crowd.  History suggests that the Revs will struggle early in the season at the gate.  The low numbers continued with just 11k in Dallas after some early season success at the turnstile.

On the West Coast, the Galaxy managed almost 20k for their home win at the (soon to be renamed) Home Depot Center.  Buck Shaw managed a sellout of just over 10k for the Earthquakes.    Dynamo attendance saw a substantial dropoff with only 16,500 at BBVA Compass Stadium . On Sunday, the Fire performed in front of  a crowd of friends and family at Toyota Park.  The reported crowd was less than 10k.

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2 Responses

  1. The extraordinary conditions in which this game was played are having a wonderful effect on media coverage. How many media outlets who normally wouldn’t have mentioned the game have talked or will talk about it because of the blizzard? In Dallas where I live, soccer is rarely, if ever, mentioned on local sports radio stations. (It’s maddening!), I can surmise, though, based on Twitter comments, that it will get discussed on at least one sport talk station. This whole issue is so important to me that I’ve embarked on a social media mission to promote soccer talk on the most popular sports station in Dallas: Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket. If you agree that soccer deserves to be talked about, along with the other “big 4” leagues, then give us follow (@p1s4soccertalk) and/or like us on facebook (www.facebook.com/p1forsoccertalk). Even though we may not be in your area, remember that the lack of soccer talk is an injustice. And a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  2. I believe a word or two may be missing from the end of the 1st paragraph, which keeps that last sentence from making complete sense.

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