It was a big weekend of soccer in the United States with the National Team taking center stage in Baltimore. The weekend match against El Salvador drew more than 70k (although the crowd leaned heavily towards the visitors), and the US Men did not disappoint with a 5-1 throttling of their quarterfinal opponent. The game was televised on the primary FOX network carrying the match. Once again Gus Johnson was on the call and he continues preparing for his World Cup role beginning in 2018.
Despite all of the action in Baltimore, there was also a full slate of matches in Major League Soccer. There were two mid-week games, and the Rapids drew almost 14k for their Wednesday night match against the Revs. On the same night, Chivas USA saw a crowd of less than 8k at the Home Depot Center.
On Saturday, almost 19,500 were in attendance at BMO for a clash between the Red Bulls and TFC that ended in a surprising draw. More than 39k were at Century Link for a tie between the Sounders and the Rapids. The draws continued with a scoreless affair between Montreal and Dallas . There were almost 21k fans at Saputo Stadium. The Crew/Revs match-up in Columbus also almost ended scoreless before a large 19k plus crowd, but two stoppage time goals saved the game. However, the Eastern heat struck again, as a crowd of ___ saw another scoreless draw at PPL Park.
More than 17k packed Toyota Park, and the home fans were not disappointed as the Fire won 4-1. RSL managed a crowd of more than 19k at Rio Tinto, while the Galaxy played host to more than 20k at the Home Depot Center.