The USWNT will play two home games in the Spring/Summer on the East Coast. Red Bull Arena and Gillette were announced as the venues. There was a some dispute about the selection of a turf venue for the matches, but for the first time in a while, Foxboro will play host a US International.
On to attendance, where the week started with a Wednesday night match featuring New England and Portland. The match was yet another sellout for the Timbers who continue to pack Jeld-Wen Field with fans and atmosphere. On Saturday, Star Wars night drew more than 18k at PPL Park in Philadelphia for a match that was entertaining and full of goals. Columbus drew a national television audience on NBCSN, a marquee opponent in the New York Red Bulls, but only 12k fans came to Crew Stadium on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in May.
San Jose came up just short of a sellout with just over 10k in attendance. While the crowd was just short of capacity, the team doesn’t have many seats to sell and any crowd short of a full house a disappointment. The low numbers continued with less than 13k at DSG for the Rapids’ victory over visiting Toronto. Even RSL continues to struggle at the gate with less than 18k at Rio Tinto on Saturday night. On Sunday, just short of 19k were at Sporting Park to see the home team beat Chivas USA 4-0.
In the NWSL, more than 2,500 fans came to Starfire to watch the Seattle Reign fall to Kansas City. Portland won for the third straight time, with more than 5,000 fans in Maryland to see the Alex Morgan led Thorns continue their hot start. In Sommerville, MA, the Breakers defeated Chicago before more than 3,000 fans who got to see the league’s first hat trick during the 4-1 win. Finally, Sahlen Stadium in Western New York saw just under 3k for the Flash’s victory of Sky Blue.
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