I watched a little of that game on my computer yesterday. Big win for the U.S. Open Cup runners-up. The win over KC puts them into the sixth spot in playoff positioning, knocking Sounders FC down to 7th.
Which of course makes winning Saturday’s game pretty important for Seattle. But I was struck with the lack of a crowd last night at RFK. A lot of the lower bowl, at least on the side where the main supporters groups sit, was full at the Open Cup. There was hardly anyone there last night.
Here’s what Steven Goff from the Washington Post had to say about it:
The announced attendance was 8,033, a generous figure that was about half the club’s season average and by far the smallest tally for a league match at RFK this season. (The previous low was 11,226 for New York’s visit in June.)
Weeknight games rarely draw well to begin with, but United didn’t help the cause by rescheduling this one for the same day as World Cup qualifying and at the same time as the televised game between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. Kansas City was supposed to play here on a Saturday night in August, but United’s Real Madrid friendly at FedEx Field forced the change.
Entire sections in RFK’s lower bowl were unoccupied and, when the Barra Brava supporters weren’t at their loudest, players’ shouts reached the mezzanine level. The club is, however, expecting around 20,000 for Saturday’s match against Seattle (8-6-10).