SUMmer of Soccer Rolls On

Posted on by Peter C


SUMmer of Soccer Continues

First let me apologize for the tardiness of this post. I Amtraked across America to visit family, go to a wedding, and I’m going to cram in a trip to Giants’ Stadium for the Gold Cup Final. Can you believe it, no Wi-Fi in any Amtrak station between Arizona and Chicago, nor between Chi-town and New York, so a ‘just the numbers’ abbreviated post before the weekend(actually very late Friday night). My normal ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ post may also be a tad late, but we’ll see how things go. Now on to the footie news.

The ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20, rolls on. After this past weekend, 31 events, including 14 doubleheaders comprising 45 matches have drawn 416,259, for an average of 18,098.

Here’s how last week’s events fared …

Summer of Soccer Attendances
Opponents Venue Date Event Att
 AC Milan v LA Galaxy  Home Depot Center, LA, CA Sun, July 19  Friendly  27,000 
 Inter Milan v Club America  Stanford Stadium
 Palo Alto, CA
Sun, July 19  WFC  31,026 
 qtr-Guadeloupe v Costa Rica
 qtr-Mexico v Haiti
 New Cowboy Stadium
 Dallas, TX
Sun, July 19  Gold Cup  82,252 
 Chelsea v Seattle  Qwest Field, Seattle, WA Sat, July 18  Friendly  65,289 
 Cruz Azul v Tigres UANL  Myers Stadium, Austin, TX Sat, July 18  Copa Aztex  7,044 
 qtr-Hondura v Canada
 qtr-Panama v USA
 Lincoln Financial Field
 Philadelphia, PA
Sat, July 18  Gold Cup  31,087 
 semi-New England v Chicago
 semi-Santos Laguna v Tigres UANL
 Gillette Stadium
 Foxborough, MA
Wed, July 15  SuperLiga  7,215 
 Rapids vs Club America  Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
 Denver, CO
Wed, July 15  Friendly  10,492 
       total  261,405 
       average  32,676 

U of Texas Athletics teamed with USL-1 club Austin Aztex to bring international soccer to the Austin for the first time. This year’s Copa Aztex match, the first in a three-year engagement, pitted Mexico City’s Cruz Azul against Tigres of Monterrey.

Another ch-ching week for Soccer United Marketing(SUM).

What a great scene at Qwest Field as Seattle packed the house for the friendy vs Chelsea FC.

USMNT Gold Cup
MLS Same Day Attendance v Average
  Quarterfinal  6/16/2007  07 Avg  7/18/2009  09 Avg
  Chivas USA  10,490   14,305     
  New England  22,412   16,742     
  DC United  20,161   20,967   18,248   14,811 
  Columbus      12,922   13,056 
  Chicago      14,228   12,640 
  Toronto      20,172   20,228 
  Semifinal  6/20/2007  07 Avg  7/23/2009  
  Columbus  10,254   15,230     
  Final  6/24/2007  07 Avg  7/26/2009  
  Kansas City  8,091   11,586     
The 2009 matches at DCU, Columbus and Chicago
were all played at the same time as the US Men.

For those of us that are looking for MLS to eliminate the scheduling conflicts with FIFA and CONCACAF, once again these numbers give the bean counters more reason to advise standing pat. For the most part, attendances on MLS match days that coincided with the USMNT match days were above 2009 seasonal averages.

Congestion Eases Significantly

SuperLiga after Semifinals
  Total Game Dates Average
2007  234,751   14   16,768 
2008  186,148   14   13,296 
2009  86,948   11   7,904 
3 Doubleheaders in 2009 meant
  3 fewer separate game dates
Chicago beat Revs on July 15
Final on Wed, Aug 5

Sunday completed a 29 day run in which the Revs have played 8 matches(MLS, USOC, SuperLiga). Bounced from the tourneys, the New England will be able to focus entirely on league play.

Chicago has only the SuperLiga final to contend with, but will be hurting a bit more since learning of McBride’s extended absence due to surgery.

As I’ve mentioned before, expect changes to the SuperLiga after this year. If the tournament survives in 2010, a World Cup year, and remains essentially unchanged, it will be a sure indication that live attendance and wide distribution of English language coverage in the US are irrelevant. That will demonstrate where the real money comes from; sponsorships and Spanish language TV. SuperLiga in August or September next year?


US Open
Sep 2
DCU vs Seattle

Seattle will play DC United in its bid to win its first trophy as an MLS club.

DCU played on July 18th, and both play on July 25th. DCU has a CONCACAF Champions league match on July 28. Seattle played Chelsea FC on the 18th.


CONCACAF Champions League
Jul 28 – Jul 30 Aug 4 – Aug 6
Prelim First Leg Prelim Second Leg

DCU and TFC play MLS league games on Jul 25 and August 2. That means they will each play 4 times during the period Jul 25-Aug 6(13 days). RBNY play an MLS game on Jul 25, but are off the week of August 2.

All told, between July 18 and August 8, DCU has 4 MLS matches, 2 CONCACAF Champions league matches and 1 US Open Cup match. 7 matches in 22 days.

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9 Responses to SUMmer of Soccer Rolls On

  1. Mitch Howard says:

    Peter C, great job, what was attendance at U.S. vs. Honduras Gold Cup game?

  2. Peter C says:


    The semifinals doubleheader at Soldier Field in Chicago drew 55,173.

  3. Joey Clams says:

    By the way, while it would be silly to say that it’s impossible, it appears that the playing surface at the gleaming Cowboys Stadium can be widened only with great difficulty. I don’t want to hear that it was constructed with soccer in mind. Sure, it will be adequate for the odd – or frequent – kickabout between Mexican teams. But it’s not a WC venue. That’s too bad.

  4. Here here Joey Clams. I am so tired of hearing these football stadiums were constructed with soccer in mind and seeing narrow pitches and turf. I think the case against the USA getting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is growing with some of the venues we’ve seen in this Gold Cup and that sham international tournament I have tried not to watch on ESPN. (I have watched the CA games)

    During halftime of last night’s USL game between Miami FC and Minnesota I switched briefly to ESPN and saw the narrow pitch and and sod that Chelsea and Milan were playing on and thus switched safely back to FSC and saw the USL halftime show which trust me is no great thrill.

  5. LI Matt says:

    DC is attempting to be the first back-to-back Open Cup winner since the New York Pancyprian Freedoms in 1982-83. This is the fifth time since then that the holder has reached the final: DC in 1997, the Galaxy in 2002, the Fire in 2004, and the Galaxy again in 2006.

  6. Mitch Howard says:

    I’m not sure if I understand the attendance # from Soldier Field for G.C. Semifinals. When I was watching the game, I thought I saw a lot of empty seats. Did anyone else see this, or am I remembering wrong. I was very busy working while the game was going on.

  7. Mitch- a TON of empty seats. Probably about 10k-15k there for the US game. It was more like 55k for the Mexico game, keep in mind it was a doubleheader. Actually, I saw few empty seats during MEX-CRC. It was basically full. Again this is all from TV, thank you Univision HD! 🙂

  8. Mitch Howard says:

    That’s what I thought, I saw the game on AFN, they didn’t show the Mex-CRC game.

  9. Mitch Howard says:

    Thanks for the quick update Kartik.

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