Monday After

phillyMarketing gimmicks come in all forms, from game day promotions, to fan events to ….Star Wars themed nights?  For it May 4 game, the Union have announced that they will have a series of events invoking the film.  From the official release  “The game, a 4 p.m. kickoff, will feature interactive games, contests and promotional giveaways in conjunction with the iconic film series created by George Lucas.  Union fans attending the match will have the opportunity to watch pre-game training from field level, as the first 100 participants to check in for a Star Wars costume contest will receive access. Additionally, one grand-prize winner from the contest will be named honorary captain for the match and participate in pre-game ceremonies on the field.

Let’s get to the attendance figures from another busy weekend of soccer in the United States.  Before we to MLS, a quick note about attendance in the NWSL.  The Portland Thorns kicked off their home slate before more than 16k, a remarkable number for Women’s Soccer in the United States.

On the MLS side, the week got started in New York with a disappointing mid-week crowd of just over 12k for their claim with Sporting.  The weekend started with a crowd of 16k at BMO in Toronto for another TFC draw.  The low numbers continued with just over 12k in Colorado later in the day.  the 18k plus at Red Bull Arena was raucous for their Saturday night clash with New England.  Less than 13k were in Bridgeview for Chicago’s  home match, while more than 14k were in Dallas on Saturday night.  Even RSL came in with a low number, with just under 15k Chivas USA.  Only LA managed a solid number, with almost 26k in Carson for the Galaxy’s home match.  It is remarkable that the absence of home dates for Seattle, Vancouver and Portland can make the weekend numbers look ordinary.