The Morning After: The Weekend in Review

mlsFull slate of games in Major League soccer with teams jockeying for position in the final weeks of the season.  Attendance was fairly strong league wide.  In Toronto, a sellout crowd of 20, 500 saw the hometown team hang on for a 3-2 win.  In DC, 19,500 were at RFK to see a rematch of the US Open Cup final.  Once again, Seattle was the victorious side.  In Salt Lake City, 17,600 saw RSL play to a draw with the Chicago Fire.  Crowds were fairly disappointing in Los Angeles, with less than 19k at the Home Depot Center to see the Galaxy fall to Dallas. Just over 10k were at Giants Stadium to see the Reb Bulls fall to Kansas City.

There were two Sunday games.  11,300 were at the Home Depot Center for the Revs/Chivas match.  Finally, there was in impressive 14,300 in attendance for Crew/Dynamo match-up in Columbus for a battle between two first place teams.

Two final business notes.  US International Heath Pearce has signed with FC Dallas.  Per the MLS Allocation order, FC Dallas had first dibs on the American left back.  Because Pearce is out of contract, he is coming on a free transfer.  Multiple reports are suggesting that the contract is for this season only, freeing Pearce to shop his wares in the January transfer season.  Finally, Ives is reporting that the Red Bulls have signed their first Academy prospect, Giorgi Chirgadzi.  The 18 year-old Chirgadzi will join the Red Bulls Developmental roster.