Monday After

FIFABig weekend of soccer in the United States, with a cracking set of MLS matches (including two games nationally televised in English), the conclusion of the Confederations Cup and the second episode of MLS Insider on NBC Sports Network.  The ESPN coverage of the Confederations Cup was outstanding with full coverage from the studio hosted by the gravitas of Bob Ley.  The ever excellent Ian Darke was the main voice for the play by play and the usual FIFA  feed accounted for the camera angles.  Overall it was a great tournament for FIFA and a great tournament for MLS.  ESPN managed a triple header of soccer on Sunday, sandwiching a Red Bulls home game between the two Confederations Cup matches.  The network also used the games to promote next week’s MLS match on the main ESPN network.

On to attendance, where the week started with a crowd of over 20k at BMO Filed for another home loss for TFC.  The NBCSN game of the week featured Arlo White’s swan song, an extremely exciting match at PPL Park and a home crowd in excess of 18k.  Later in the day, Montreal cracked the 20k mark for their heartbreaking loss against Colorado.  DC United’s tough season on and off the field continued at RFK with a loss before just over 13k at their deteriorating digs.

The big trend continued in KC with more than 20k in attendance for another cracking match on a night of great games around the league.  Later in the evening, San Jose hosted the Galaxy at Stanford’s football stadium.  The team managed a late game comeback before an outstanding crowd in excess of 50k.  Across the state, Chivas failed to crack the 10k mark yet again.

The weekend closed out with more than 25k in attendance at Red Bull Arena for a tidy New York victory over struggling Houston.