SUM-mer of Soccer Kicks Off

photo by altRego

photo by altRego

SuperLiga 2009 – Matchday 3
Group A
Game ScorePts 
Chicago16Chicago – MLSNet
Tigres UANL26Tigres UANL – Wikipedia
San Luis14San Luis – Wikipedia
Chivas USA11Chivas USA – MLSNet
Group B
New England17Revolution Soccer
Atlas02Atlas – The Offside
Kansas City12Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Santos Laguna34Santos 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
 TotalGame DatesAverage
2007 195,816  12  16,318 
2008 161,167  12  13,431 
2009 86,948  10  8,695 
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 
    total 168,687 
    average 14,057 

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

US Open
Jun 30 – Jul 1Jul 7Jul 21 or Jul 22Sep 2
3rd RoundQtr FinalsSemifinalsFinal
Revs, DCU, Fire, Chivas
 Crew, KC, Houston, Seattle

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