NWSL Roundup: Just 2,525 fans turn out in Boston

Several NWSL have noted a bump in ticket sales since the USA won the 2015 Women's World Cup, but the first match since Sunday's final underscored the challenge that lies ahead. Just 2,525 fans turned out at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium to watch the Boston Breakers fall to defending champion FC Kansas City, 3-2.

Those fans in attendance watched two goals in the first three minutes -- almost like the Women's World Cup final -- as FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak scored her first goal of the season 26 seconds into the match, and Morgan Marlborough then equalized for Boston.

Rookie Shea Groom, who assisted on two Tymrak goals during the match, scored the game-winning goal (her fourth of the season) when she broke a 2-2 deadlock in the 79th minute.

With left than one minute remaining in the first half, Tymrak notched her second of the night and the season with a right-footed rocket off a pass from Groom, who had to leave the field on crutches with an injured right ankle after a collision with goalkeeper Jami Kranich in the 83rd minute.

Boston went into the game averaging 2,373 fans a game. It's one of four teams that average less than 3,000 a game.

Houston, which averages 4,418 fans a game, expects 15,000 for Sunday's match against Chicago. Portland averages 13,769 fans a game, more than triple any other team in the league when you throw MLS doubleheaders, is expecting its first sellout crowd at Providence Park on July 22 for its match against Seattle.

NWSL, Week 13 Results:
Thursday, July 9
Boston 2 FC Kansas City 3.
1 FCKC -- Erika Tymrak (Shea Groom)
3 BOS -- Morgan Marlborough (Julie King)
45 FCKC -- Erika Tymrak (Shea Groom)
60 BOS -- Kristie Mewis (Maddy Evans)
79 FCKC -- Shea Groom (Jen Buczkowski)
Att.: 2,525.

NWSL, Week 13 Schedule:
Saturday, July 11
Sky Blue FC vs. Portland
Seattle vs. WNY Flash
Sunday, July 12
Houston vs. Chicago

NWSL Standings:
18 Chicago 5-1-3 17/10
18 Seattle 5-2-3 20/11
17 Washington 5-4-2 16/17
14 WNY Flash 4-4-2 13/14
14 FC Kansas City 4-5-2 11/10
13 Houston 3-3-4 11/10
13 Portland 3-3-4 13/11
11 Boston 3-5-2 11/19
7 Sky Blue FC 1-6-4 7/17

NWSL Leading Scorers:
7 Crystal Dunn (Washington)
6 Sofia Huerta (Chicago)
5 Jessica McDonald (Houston)
5 Beverly Yanez (Seattle)

NWSL, Week 14 Schedule:
Wednesday, July 15
Boston vs. Chicago
Saturday, July 18
Washington vs. Seattle
Chicago vs. Boston
Sunday, July 19
WYN Flash vs. Sky Blue FC

NWSL, Week 15 Schedule:
Monday, July 20
FC Kansas City vs. Houston
Wednesday, July 22
Portland vs. Seattle
Saturday, July 25
Washington vs. Chicago
WNY Flash vs. Houston
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston

2 comments about "NWSL Roundup: Just 2,525 fans turn out in Boston".
  1. Robert Smith, July 10, 2015 at 11:34 a.m.

    Let's be realistic on Boston/KC game. Mid week game always draws less whatever the sport and players from the USWNT are not back yet with their team. Let's wait a few weeks when the players are back with their team to reserve judgement.

  2. Glenn Maddock, July 10, 2015 at 2:39 p.m.

    Nobody knows where Boston plays. Looks like a high school stadium with football turf field. Also, they have no name players in that game. I think if the NWSL can get 2000 weekdays, and around 4000 weekends, they'll do fine. Get it on TV, promote it, and don't overspend.

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