Following the long weekend, back to our originally scheduled programming. Before we get to attendance, there were a couple of newsworthy stories from the soccer weekend. The first was the nationally televised Champions League Final. The match-up featured two German clubs vying for the European Championship. The match was carried on Fox’s main channel and was the fourth straight year that the main network has broadcasted the game. The game last year drew a 1.1 national rating.
It is not very often that a mid-season MLS match becomes one of the top stories on SportsCenter, yet the Galaxy/Sounders game was featured across the sports spectrum. Soccer and non-soccer media alike featured the debut of Robbie Rogers during the 4-0 Galaxy victory. The event provided remarkable publicity for the league and (at least for the weekend), MLS was treated as one of the major sports in the country by media from all manner of outlets. The league also did a great job ensuring that the debut game was a nationally televised affair.
On to attendance, and the weekend started with a soft crowd of just over 14k at RFK for the struggling United. Later in the day, just over 17k were treated to a fantastic game at Stade Saputo as well as the league’s first hat trick of 2013. FC Dallas managed a solid 15k plus for their home game, while a rainy night in Foxboro saw a small crowd of just over 10k. RSL and Colorado managed nearly identical crowds in excess of 18k. This is an especially big number for the Rapids and the fans were treated to a solid 2-0 win for the home side.
The big numbers continued in KC, with a standing room only crowd well over 20k for the team’s draw with the Dynamo. The announcement of a new team coming to New York City did nothing for the Red Bulls’ Sunday attendance, with less than 15k at Red Bull Arena. The Sunday night ESPN2 game featured the Galaxy and Sounders (and of course Robbie Rogers). The match also drew a very solid crowd of more than 24k.
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