The holiday weekend is over and hopefully all Footiebusiness readers had an enjoyable break over the last four days. While many Americans occupied their time with road trips, beaches, hot dogs and fireworks, American soccer was in full swing. The Gold Cup is getting underway around the country, while the domestic league scheduled matches seemingly around the clock. Given the full slate of games, let’s jump right into attendance figures.
The mid-week games started with a rollicking crowd of more than 21k at BMO Field for TFC’s home match. While rumors have the team chasing Diego Forlan, the current iteration of squad is struggling, but the attendance figures remain solid. Later that day, the Fire managed a crowd of just under 15k at Toyota Park. Fire crowds will bear watching for the rest of the season as the team continues to thunder up the table. Sporting managed a 20k plus crowd for their Independence Day eve match-up at Sporting Park. The big numbers continued with more than 20k at Rio Tinto and almost 40k at Century Link. Great weather, fireworks shows and off days from work all combined to bring the league these big holiday numbers.
In Dallas, a massive crowd of 22k plus crowded the former Pizza Hut Park, while fans were packed to the rafters at DSG with more than 18k in attendance for the annual July 4th festivities. The Galaxy fell just short of a sellout, with more than 24k at the Home Depot Center for their July 4th game.
The weekend games started with a sub 14k crowd in Foxboro for the Revs 2-0 victory over the Earthquakes. Struggling Houston pushed past the 21k mark for their home game at BBVA Compass as the team righted itself with a victory over Philly. The big numbers continued with more than 21k in Vancouver for the Whitecaps’ victory over the Sounders. The Fire’s second game of the weekend saw the team add 3k fans to their mid-week effort at the gate, while the Crew just edeged past the 15k mark.
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