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NWSL's Early Returns Helping Determine Outlook Of League
Published May 6, 2013
ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM: In Seattle, Joshua Mayers noted Reign FC “held its first home game Saturday against FC Kansas City,” and the team “got decent support, drawing 2,618 fans" at Starfire Stadium in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila, Wash. The drawing was a “somewhat reserved crowd, at least for a community renowned nationally for its soccer fandom, ranked sixth-largest out of eight home openers" for the NWSL (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/5). A SEATTLE TIMES editorial before the home opener stated the community “ought to give Seattle Reign FC a big welcome” (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/4).
SPIRIT RALLY: The WASHINGTON POST’s Goff wrote a Spirit match “offers a fun atmosphere in a snug suburban stadium and features players who can’t stop signing autographs and interacting with their young fans.” The public has “responded, turning out in sizable numbers and witnessing competitive games.” The team on Saturday played the Thorns “before 5,011 at Maryland SoccerPlex,” and the crowd “was about 500 more than the normal capacity.” The Spirit is “averaging 4,230 after three home dates, well beyond the ownership’s goal of 3,000” (WASHINGTON POST, 5/5).