A limited weekend of matches in MLS with World Cup Qualifying matches across the globe. Before we get to attendance, here are a couple of stories from the last couple of days. USA Today has become the official photo partner of MLS and Soccer United Marketing. According to SBJ, the mult-year deal “calls for USA Today Sports Images (a branch of the USA Today Sports Media Group) to be the preferred photo provider for all MLS clubs as well as the league’s sponsors and licensees. It will service all MLS editorial properties, including the league’s official website and Kick TV, MLS’s YouTube channel focused on international soccer coverage. Each of those outlets features still photos in addition to its video offerings.” This is USA Today Images’ first deal with a sports property.
One other note. The Friday night match between USA and Jamaica was exciting and available on beIN Sport in the USA. Suffice to say, the quality of the telecast was poor and the network made the odd decision to cut to taped highlights of other matches during the run of play. The full screen highlights interrupted the flow of play and invoked the ire of many fans following the game on Twitter.
On to attendance, where the weekend started with just over 14k at Gillettte for a dull draw on a beautiful night between DC and the Revs. However, both the crowds and quality of soccer picked up significantly over the course of the evening. The Chicago crowd was just over 15k, but it certainly was a lively and energetic group at at Toyota Park on Saturday night. RSL managed a crowd of almost 19k at Rio Tinto for an exciting game against defending champions Los Angeles Galaxy. The night ended with more than 50k in attendance at Century Link for the Cascadia matchup between Vancouver and Seattle.
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