Seattle Sounders F.C. of Major League Soccer are going into amazing territory in a short amount of time.
According to the Sounders F.C. blog of Jose Romero in the Seattle Times the team has sold out their first 9 games through June 28th effectively re-iterating that they have amazingly created a demand for tickets at Qwest Field in Seattle.
This is a defining moment for MLS for the mere fact that more weak franchises are being exposed for their lackluster leadership and their inability to connect and become more relevant in their markets.
Why aren’t more members of the press being more critical of these markets that are hurting the growth of MLS? Know I am a glass full guy when it comes to MLS.
I am also a realist and believe that markets that are struggling need to be called out for the sake of the growth of the game. I for one am tired of the tired consistent excuses.
After all accountability is necessary to grow the sport.
In the end it won’t matter what I say and it will matter what the fans says. If the small band of passionate fans continue to sit on their hands in certain markets and not demand more from their organizations and the media the game will remain mom and pop.
Compare the NFL investment from the Seahawks in Seattle to the Patriot owned Revolution in New England.
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The Seattle tv market is made up of 1,784,946 homes and one rating point is equivalent to 17,185 homes.
Saturday night the Seattle Sounders FC did a 4.1 rating that accounted for 73,185 households and approximately 182,963 people viewing their match that was sold out at Qwest Field.
The replay of the game did an amazing 1.5 rating immediately after the game on Fox Northwest so in total the SOunders reached 116,025 homes and 290,062 people.
This is outstanding!
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CARVER FIRES OUT AT MLS
According to the Toronto Star, Toronto F.C. manager John Carver resigned because of MLS meddling with his coaching style and putting too much effort into “controlling” the coaches actions.
“Iv’e had restraints on me ever since I got here,” said Carver who grew up in Newcastle, England. “If ever you do anything or say anything out of order, they’re straight on the phone complaining to the owners and that’s how they work because in my opinion, it’s all about image. Obviously I was not the right image for the league.”
MLS in response had the following to say. “The league prefers not to respond to Carver’s criticism.”
Carver also said he was ordered back to the field after coaching from a press area for a different vantage point.
Now, lets examine this. Carver’s personality may have been the “perfect” fit for Toronto which had an EPL feel to it. Maybe not.
But if MLS was meddling so much with his coaching behavior why did Toronto F.C. owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment not do more to stand up for him to the league?
Carver was asked by Soccer Operations Director Mo Johnston to take a two day break and re-consider.
Carver leaves with a record of 11-15-10.
Toronto F.C. and former Dynamo Dwayne DeRosario visit Houston on May 30th .