We discuss the first week of the NWSL, Hot Takes on MLS, and technology.
We talk about the suit brought by USWNT, last week’s results for the USMNT’s clubs, and then delve into results from MLS, NASL, and USL. And Dan insults Brian a bunch.
Let me begin this review with a quick note on stadiums. Playing a USL match in an MLS facility is a mistake. I don’t care if your name is LA Galaxy, the II matters (or as they are known, Los Dos) . Average attendance for LA II last year was just a hair over 1,000. StubHub Center seats 27,000. So what you get is a lot, lot, lot of empty seats. Apparently the USL club typically plays in a smaller (capacity: 2,000) facility in StubHub Center’s area, and that makes sense. Them playing this match in the big club’s stadium, not so much. But what the Galaxy II lack in fan base, they have tons of talent including Home Grown talents Jack McBean and Bradford Jamison. The club has offensive talent for days and, at least in their first two matches, a back line that hasn’t been put to the test at all.
Facing them this evening was newly formed expansion team St. Louis FC. While StL FC is brand new, I hadn’t realized the long history of soccer in St. Louis, dating all the way back to the turn of the last century. Club after club has set up shop, achieved success and folded up over time. Maybe the most successful franchises were the St. Louis Steamers, an indoor soccer club that lasted 9 years (1979-1988). During the early 80s, they actually outdrew the St. Louis Blues four consecutive years. Clearly St. Louis FC has a foundation of soccer fans to draw in and it bodes well for their future success in USL.