Big soccer weekend in the United States. The biggest business story of the weekend was the network broadcast of the United States/Canada match on Fox. The network cousin of Fox Soccer gave Gus Johnson his international over-the-air debut, bringing the Gold Cup into America’s living rooms for an afternoon kickoff from Salt Lake City. While the crowd was short of a sellout at Rio Tinto, the game was close for the first half and filled with goals from the Americans. The match also provided an opportunity for Chris Wondolowski to become more of a household name with his goal binge over the last two days. The tournament now shifts to Hartford for the final game of the group stage mid-week.
The other big weekend business story comes from Portland, where a Friday announcement confirmed that Jeld-Wen would be the host of the 2014 All-Star Game. The honor is well deserved, as Portland has become a focal point of US Soccer. In just the team’s second year, Portland has become a shining example of civic engagement, fan outreach and vocal support.
On to attendance, where the league week got started with a Friday night tilt at PPL Park. The match drew just over 15k, as the Union rolled to a convincing victory over Chivas USA. On Saturday, the Red Bull walloped Montreal before a crowd of just over 17k at Red Bull Arena. East coast weather has been hot and dry for the last few weeks. In a match with significant playoff implications, the Revs fell to Houston in front of just over 14k at Gillette.
Sporting entertained more than 21k at LiveStrong Sporting Park on Saturday night. The large crowd saw a convincing 3-0 victory for the home side as KC gets ready to host the All-Star Game in less than three weeks. A sizable crowd of more than 16,500 in Frisco saw the home team get pounded by visiting RSL. With Rio Tinto occupied with the Gold Cup, RSL went on the road without skipping a beat. The Quakes managed their usual Buck Shaw crowd of more than 10,500 on Saturday night, while a Portland sellout was entertained with a Timbers victory over LA.
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