Monday After

barbasolAnother fascinating week of soccer in MLS, but before we get to attendance, here are a couple of other business items. Let’s start with the kick-off of the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.  After a one year hiatus from the WPSL, the NWSL got started over the weekend. In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 6k in Kansas City, the home team played to a draw with the Portland Thorns.  The league also played three matches on Sunday as the third iteration of professional Women’s soccer gets underway.  To review the league’s website, click here.

The big story from Dallas this weekend involved the idiotic actions of a fan who managed to hit FC Dallas defender George John in the head with a beer bottle during a goal celebration.  The local police were able to work with league television partner NBC to isolate a photo of the perpetrator.

On to attendance, where the league week started with a solid 17k crowd at PPL Park despite cold conditions in the Northeast.  Seattle’s on the field challenges continue, but they managed a 38k plus crowd at Century Link Field for the Sounders’ scoreless draw with the Revs.  DC rebounded with a great 18k plus crowd for United’s home loss to rivals New York Red Bulls.   The big numbers kept rolling with an 18k plus crowd in Vancouver.  The big number of the night came from Dallas, where the home side played host to the Galaxy before a standing room only crowd in excess of 20k.  This is a huge number for the Western Conference leaders.  Chivas USA continued its dismal season at the gate with a crowd of just over 8k.

On Sunday, following a weather postponement, more than 16k came to Stade Saputo for Montreal’s match against Columbus. The Dynamo managed almost 19k for their home victory at BBVA Compass