Another weekend and another full serving of soccer. MLS also supplied a host of mid-week games from both the league and Champions League, NBC offered another MLS 36 and the league’s two English language television partners both offered prime matches including Sunday night’s Cascadia Cup match from Seattle. If you are looking for a worthwhile business read, check Brian Straus’ piece on cnnsi.com.
On to attendance, where weak sister Chivas USA barely cracked the 7k mark for their Wednesday night match-up. With the team’s ongoing struggles on and off the field, shouts for moving the franchise continue to mount. On Friday night, Chicago fell to Sporting before a sizable crowd of more than 17k at Toyota Park. On Saturday, the Impact entertained a 20k plus sellout with a total shellacking of the Dynamo. At the same time, the two worst teams in the East played to a 1-1 draw before just under 14k at RFK.
The numbers got better as the night wore on, with Vancouver hosting 21k fans for their match against surging Los Angeles. Dallas fell just shy of 15k at home, as their gate numbers continue to rise. RSL pummeled the Crew before almost 19k at Rio Tinto. Chivas’ second home date of the week was played before only 8k at the StubHub.
Of course the big attendance story of the week came courtesy of the Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey’s home debut and a visit from rivals Portland Timbers combined to generate a 70k plus crowd at Century Link. Seattle’s remarkable story continues as the team has become the most impressive business story in the league.