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MLS weekend flashback

For those about to rock, we salute you.....

New York Red Bulls 4, Toronto FC 1: 22,108 at BMO Field. Hans and the boys from NYRB (not to be confused with NRBQ) are planning a return gig on the shores of Lake Ontario in late November.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0: 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Has Arena Rock lost its appeal? Or is it just a temporary grunge phase?

Columbus Crew 3, Colorado Rapids 1: 16,063 at Crew Stadium. The Crew's headbangers' ball demands an encore.

Kansas City Wizards 4, New England Revolution 1: 10,385 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. With two goals, Birahim Diop is the Pinball Wizard. How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?

Houston Dynamo 4, Chicago Fire 3: 18,890 at Robertson Stadium. Brian Ching just wants to ride his bicycle, he wants to ride his bike.

FC Dallas 1, Chivas USA 0: 10,309 at Pizza Hut Park. Yes, it's true, Dallas' unbeaten streak goes to 11. Brek Shea to star as David St. Hubbins in Spinal Tap reunion show.

D.C. United 2, Philadelphia Union 0: 12,165 at RFK Stadium. Danny Allsopp (first league goals since May 5) ends longest disappearance by an Australian entity since the Hoodoo Gurus' hiatus in the late '90s/early '00s.

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
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Comments

wow.

you really rode that to the bitter end.

Posted by: crocken | August 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a veritable Magical Mystery Tour of rock / pop references. Tasty. Thanks.

Posted by: 22206no1 | August 23, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Olsen needs to learn coach-speak. His post-game commentary sounds far too human.

Posted by: glfrazier | August 23, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

We all came out to B-MO
On the Lake Ontaryo shoreline
To make records with T. Henry
We didn't have much time
Bruce 'Rena and his Mothers
Had the best squad around
But some stupid with a smoke bomb
Burned B-MO to the ground
Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky, smoke on the water

Posted by: OWNTF | August 23, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

At least there is a reason for our poor attendance. DCU is close to being statistically the worst MLS team ever. If the team improves, even to the point of middling competetivness, the numbers will bounce back.

MLS's real problems are places like Dallas , Columbus, New England, and Colorado where people stay away in droves whether the team is good or bad.

I really wonder if there is any hope for Dallas outside of putting a roof on PHP and adding air conditioning. And letting the homeless in for free on "Free Pack of Marlboros Day".

Columbus I know had some rain the other night but they have a good team, play some nice soccer, and still their crowds generally look pretty thin outside the Nordecke.

New England I guess don't need the big attendance numbers b/c their owner also owns that stadium. But is sure looks bad when they are playing well and can't even get anyone to come out to decisive playoff games.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 23, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

LA had some very lucky results earlier in the season. So I don't think they were as good as their record indicated. And now that record is just catching up to reality.

BTW, those Hoodoo Gurus are coming back to town. They'll be at the (teensy, tiny) Iota club in Clarendon on October 9.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 23, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Lake Ontario?! Phaw!

"In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral.
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'Gitche Gumee'.
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Have the Rapids ever had a good team to test that proposition?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't FC Dallas just make 10 louder?

Posted by: stancollins | August 23, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Ron16 - FC Dallas was one of the few profitable MLS clubs in recent seasons (w/ LA, TOR, SEA, if I recall), with lower attendance figures that 10K per game. they are ugly to look at, but having a stage behind one of the goals sure seems to be a financial help.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 23, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF, relative to DCU, the Rapids have a good team right now. Relative to the league, the Rapids are at least competitive.

VTUnited, if the FCD owners only make money off of concerts and tractor pulls, don't you think sooner or later they are going to ask the logical question, "What do we need this money-losing soccer team for? We can sell the FCD dates to some rock bands from 40 years ago, and make money off the geezer-groupies instead of losing money on the non-existent Dallas soccer fans."

Also, is it really in MLS's interest to have a significant number of their teams playing in perennially empty stadiums even if they are SSS's?

Posted by: Ron16 | August 23, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Senor Goff

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@Ron16 - FCD is owned by the Hunt family, which also owns the Crew. The Hunts, along with Uncle Phil, are essentially the benefactors of MLS, so its highly unlikely the situation you presented would arise.

and to answer your question about empty SSSs, it doesn't really matter so long as the teams are making money, which FCD seems to be doing. the whole point of the SSS ownership/operation model that Garber wants is that the owners would have other revenue streams to support their clubs while the MLS brand continues to grow.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 23, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Does DCU actually announce that attendance with a straight face or do they wink at the media when they give the figure?

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 23, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2010/08/US-WNT-To-Face-China-Twice-in-Early-October.aspx

Told you guys about this a couple of weeks ago.


Atlanta-ians. Rise Up.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"Rise up and take the power back
It's time the fat cats had a heart attack, You know their time is coming to an end,
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend, So come on

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious, so come on..."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 23, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The DCU attendance death spiral warrants a story of its own. Fans are checking out on this club, given the uncertain future and lack of commitment from the ownership to get the right players. I can't imagine renewing my season tickets at this point next year ...

Posted by: jofij | August 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@jofij,

DCU's attendance ebbs and flows with performance. The economy has dragged some supporters out of buying season packages at this point as well.

The club is in a funk. For sure.

I usually would fault supporters for bailing as a testament to your being a front runner like the rest of DC. But, you choose where your money is best spent and the club needs to realize that we vote with our wallets and some of it is aimed at the product on the field but the onfield performance in 2008, 2009 and 2010 is also the responsibility of Kaspar at this point.

However, by taking your money out of the club in the form of tickets next year - you cannot express dismay when the Black and Red become Baltimore's club.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I am boycotting DC until Adrian Fenty comes through on his promise to buy me a gull wing Mercedes. I might settle for the new E550 Cabriolet with Aircap, though.

Til then, nothing, squadoosh.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

Posted by: OWNTF | August 23, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joe Doc! I got that one!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

VTUnited, well, hopefully the Hunt family have infinite patience for a soccer team that probably doesn't even pay the PHP light bill with the game day revenue. I would think, rather, that sooner or later the soccer team as an entity is going to have to contribute something other than red ink to the PHP cash flow.

Then of course there is the concern that every televised game in empty PHP is just plain old bad for the game, and a black eye for the league.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 23, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Like United isn't a Black and Red eye for the league at this point Ron? Why keep criticizing Dallas when we aren't drawing well, and actually sucking worse?

Posted by: DadRyan | August 23, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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