SUM-mer of Soccer Kicks Off
|SuperLiga 2009 – Matchday 3|
|Chicago||1||6||Chicago – MLSNet|
|Tigres UANL||2||6||Tigres UANL – Wikipedia|
|San Luis||1||4||San Luis – Wikipedia|
|Chivas USA||1||1||Chivas USA – MLSNet|
|New England||1||7||Revolution Soccer|
|Atlas||0||2||Atlas – The Offside|
|Kansas City||1||2||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Santos Laguna||3||4||Santos Laguna – Wikipedia|
Chicago and Tigres advance from Group A. New England and Santos Laguna advance from Group B. The semifinals are scheduled for July 15.
Summer of Soccer
In case you are just peeking out of your cave, this is the Summer of Soccer. The National team has the Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying. The Mexican national team is playing friendlies in the States. Chivas, Club America, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea are among the international clubs playing friendlies in the US. Then you have SuperLiga(like it or not), the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.
Expect some changes in SuperLiga for next year. At least that’s what I’d do. First off, June 11-July 11 is World Cup time. Of course, that hasn’t stopped SUM in the past.
Maybe this will mean something: through the group phase in the inaugural year of ’07, 5 of the 12 matches drew over 15,000; in ’08, 3 of the 12 drew over 15,000; in ’09 none of the matches drew over 15,000. Naturally though, if sponsorships and TV revenue are enough to turn a profit this year, maybe nothing will change.
|SuperLiga Attendance after Group Phase|
|2 Doubleheaders in 2009 meant
2 fewer separate game dates
|Summer of Soccer Attendances|
|Guatemala v Mexico||San Diego, CA||Sun, 6/28||Friendly||30,624|
|New England v Atlas||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Sun, 6/28||SuperLiga||7,411|
|Kansas City v Santos Laguna||Community America Park, Kansas City, MO||Sun, 6/28||SuperLiga||10,385|
|Chicago Fire v Tigres UANL||Toyota Park, Bridgeville, IL||Sat, 6/27||SuperLiga||9,157|
|Chivas USA v San Luis||Home Depot Center, LA, CA||Sat, 6/27||SuperLiga||11,083|
|Mexico v Venezuela||Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA||Wed, 6/24||Friendly||51,115|
|New England v Kansas City||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Wed, 6/24||SuperLiga||5,378|
|Santos Laguna v Atlas||Wed, 6/24||SuperLiga|
|Chicago v Chivas USA||Toyota Park, Bridgeville, IL||Tue, 6/23||SuperLiga||9,126|
|San Luis v Tigres UANL||Tue, 6/23||SuperLiga|
|New England v Santos Laguna||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Sun, 6/21||SuperLiga||9,512|
|Kansas City v Atlas||Herman Stadium(SLU),St. Louis, MO||Sun, 6/21||SuperLiga||5,278|
|Chivas USA v Tigres UANL||Home Depot Center, LA, CA||Sat, 6/20||SuperLiga||11,197|
|Chicago Fire v San Luis||Toyota Park, Bridgeville, IL||Sat, 6/20||SuperLiga||8,421|
Notice anything? SUM controls all of these events. Ch-ching!
How Might This Impact MLS Soccer
As they say in the PR business, ‘any news is good news’. Exposure to MLS via international club friendlies can only help. Maybe that bench player on a visiting club likes what he sees and adds MLS as a possible destination. Am I dreaming? Maybe, but here is a brief list of players that left major Euro leagues to play in lesser situations:
Kewell, Baros, and Nihat are now in the Turkish league, while Gilberto, Derbyshire and Cisse are in the Greek league. Can we not compete with those leagues or is the lure of UEFA Champions League action too strong to overcome?
Congestion for some
|Jun 30 – Jul 1||Jul 7||Jul 21 or Jul 22||Sep 2|
|3rd Round||Qtr Finals||Semifinals||Final|
|Revs, DCU, Fire, Chivas
Crew, KC, Houston, Seattle
|CONCACAF Champions League|
|Jul 28 – Jul 30||Aug 4 – Aug 6|
|Prelim First Leg||Prelim Second Leg|
|DCU, RBNY, TFC|