The weekend was filled with soccer at multiple levels, with World Cup Qualifying, MLS matches and College soccer all over the country. The qualifiers were on an array of networks and American fans were treated to matches from all over the globe. The US match was on beIN Sport which continued its package of away qualifiers. I have been critical of the network’s production values over the last few months, but I welcome your thoughts on their latest telecast from Cost Rica.
On another business note, FC Dallas will host a press conference on Tuesday to announce a new naming rights partner for their stadium. After the long term deal with Pizza Hut fell apart, this is great news for the franchise and the league.
On to attendance, the week started in Columbus, where the Crew managed a solid 14k crowd for a Wednesday. The mid-week games continued in Seattle where more than 38k took in the latest Sounders victory. While the crowd was the team’s smallest of the year, Seattle continues to bring impressive numbers on every day of the week.
On Saturday night FC Dallas fell just shy of 15k at home. Also on Saturday, Sporting managed yet another sellout crowd of more than 19k. The big crowds continued with more than 38k in Seattle as the Sounders’ surge continued. The Galaxy squeezed past the 20k mark for their home victory, while Portland continued to pack Jeld-Wen with more than 20k in attendance.
On Sunday, the Dynamo were thrashed by New York at BBVA Compass before a reported crowd of just over 18,500. On Sunday night, the Revs played on a temporary grass field. Less than 9,500 were in attendance for the Sunday night match.
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