Week two of MLS action is in the books and it was another outstanding weekend at the gate. Prior to league action, there were great crowds for the Champions League games in mid-week. These included big numbers in KC and San Jose (given capacity) and a fair mid-week showing in LA. It was a busy weekend all around for soccer fans watching at home, with an array of EPL games during the weekend and other European leagues as well, all available on American television. Also last week a number of international club friendlies were announced that will have top sides crossing the US this Summer.
For the league games, the news was also solid. On a nice March afternoon in New Jersey, the Red Bulls drew just over 20k at Red Bull Arena. Saturday afternoon was one of the best days in the Northeast in months. Philly managed more than 18,500 for their victory over New England, a crowd slightly larger than the Union’s home opener last season. The national game of the week was in Seattle, and it didn’t disappoint on or off the field, with the league’s biggest names making for a great contest before just over 38k. It will be interesting to see how television ratings fair without a strong lead-in and without two American teams on the field.
The Dynamo managed just over 18k at BBVA after a larger crowd last week. Sporting was sold out and raucous for the Stream of the Week match on MLSSoccer.com. In the late night game, San Jose managed its usual 10k plus. It will be interesting to see if the Quakes can add at least 5k more fan every match once the team takes up residence in its new digs next year. Portland continued its impressive run at the gate with more than 20k on hand for a 1-1 draw. Chivas remained the attendance anchor, with less than 7k at StubHub for the second game of the season.