Busy week in Major League Soccer with a host of mid-week games and a packed weekend, so we will jump right into attendance. The early games started in with DC United, with less than 11k at RFK to watch DC fall 4-0 in another disappointing outing for the Black and Red. The Red Bulls fell just short of 12k in their mid-week effort, while KC managed its usual 18,500 plus. The typical poorly attended Revs’ mid-week game streak continued, with barely 8k at Gillette for the team’s late loss to RSL. The night finished with Dallas barely crossing the 10k mark for their mid-week match and just over 10k in San Jose . None of these numbers did wonders for the league’s average attendance in 2013.
Not surprisingly, the numbers were better on Saturday night, but still not oustanding. Chicago crossed over the 12k mark, yet attendance remains poor in Bridgeview this season. Later on Saturday, the crowd for the Montreal Impact was similarly disappointing, with less than 15k in attendance at Stade Saputo. As usual, the crowd in Seattle raised the attendance figures with more than 38k at Century Link for the Sounders’ second consecutive win. The Northwest continued its strong attendance push with 21k at BC Place. With the Canucks season finished, the Whitecaps are now the only game in town.
The big attendance surprise came courtesy of the Revs, who managed 16+ for their Saturday night tie with the Red Bulls. Whatever the reason, this is the second consecutive solid weekend crowd at Gillette. The Crew managed less than 12k for their weekend tilt at Crew Stadium. FC Dallas managed more than 14k for their second match of the week at home. The Pacific NW raised the average on Sunday, with more than 20k at Jeld-Wen for the home team’s 3-0 drubbing of Chivas USA.
In NWSL action, the Western New York Flash, played before 2700 at Sahlen Stadium. In New Jersey, Sky Blue drew less than 1500 for their home match, while more than 4k were in Maryland for a DC/Boston match.
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