Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Weak Attendances Mar MLS Cup Opening Weekend
Los Angeles Times, October 24th, 2006 4:51PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Paul Gardner isn't the only pundit who wasn't impressed by the opening weekend of the Major League Soccer Playoffs. Grahame L. Jones, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, writes: "Major League Soccer received the clearest of possible signals over the weekend that its playoff format needs rethinking as a total of only 38,133 fans turned out to see the four first-round matches in Southern California, Chicago, New Jersey and Denver." Of the four stadiums, Carson's Home Depot Center near Long Beach, Calif., attracted the largest crowd, as 15,110 watched Chivas USA beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-1. At Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., the other soccer-specific stadium that featured over the weekend, just 10,217 fans showed up to watch the Chicago Fire beat the New England Revs 1-0. The story was even worse at the 80,000 capacity Giants Stadium, where 8,630 watched the New York Red Bulls lose, 1-0, to D.C. United. Finally, Jones points out that "a mere 4,176" watched the Colorado Rapids lose, 2-1, to FC Dallas, in what could be the last game at Invesco Field in Denver. MLS has made a big deal about soccer-specific stadiums being key to the growth of the league, and new stadiums are being planned both in New Jersey and outside of Denver. But will it really make a difference if these teams can't manage to attract 15,000 fans between them for a playoff game? Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Arsenal Leads EPL with 900 Injuries in 12 Seasons    
According to a report from PhysioRoom.com, which monitors sports team injuries, Premier League giant Arsenal has ...
Underdog BATE Bounces Back Against Bilbao     
Despite losing its opening game to FC Porto, 6-0, underdog BATE Borisov found itself right back ...
Bayern Bosses Slam CSKA's Empty Stadium     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted there were few benefits to playing in an empty stadium ...
Diego Costa Ready to Play for Spain, Despite Mourinho     
Diego Costa on Wednesday declared himself fit to play for Spain despite club coach Jose Mourinho's ...
Totti: Man City's Tweet Inspired Me to Score    
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti claimed that Manchester City brought him luck by referencing him prior ...
PSG Tames Barca in UCL Thriller    
Paris Saint-Germain might finally have what it takes to win the UEFA Champions League, coach Laurent ...
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives