The big business story a the end of last week involved the final retirement of David Beckham. Beckham had been playing for PSG in the French league, but it was only last year that he retired from the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer. From a business standpoint, it’s hard to argue that Beckham’s tenure in the United States was anything other than an unqualified success. Despite the initial puffery involved with claims of $250 million contracts, early struggles on the field and missteps by Beckham himself, the league saw a period of great growth over the his six years.
On to attendance, where the week started with a solid 18k plus for struggling Toronto as the Reds fell to Columbus at home. San Jose managed a sellout for their Saturday night game with just over 10,500 at Buck Shaw. The sellout run continued with more than 18k at PPL Park on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Chester. Vancouver fell just shy of 20k for their Saturday night match and the good run of solid numbers continued with another sellout in Houston as the formerly unbeatable at home Dynamo lost for the second straight time in the friendly confines of BBV Compass.
Seattle drew its usual big number with almost 39k at Century Link as the Sounders continue to play winning soccer in the month of May. On Sunday, the Red Bull reported a sellout for their mid afternoon tilt with the Galaxy. The 25k plus crowd looked solid at RBA and the match was nationally televised by ESPN2 following their Sunday coverage of the last day of the EPL season. On Sunday, United managed a crowd of more than 13k for its strea breaking game.
IN NWSL action, Jeld-Wen Field hosted a crowd of more than 12k as the Thorns played host to the Washington Freedom. A crowd of 4300 watched Kansas City shut out Boston.
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