SuperLiga Turns Into SuperFail

SuperLiga Turns Into SuperFail

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 8, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • 2009 SuperLiga

Yeah, another anti-SuperLiga post coming up right here. While I won’t complain about the clubs involved this time around or the lack of playing any of these games in Mexico, I will harp a little on how the first round went this year.

Thanks for Daune Rollins for posting this one on his super-Canadian soccer blog the 24th Minute, Rollins listed out the attendance for all the first round games. And as you can imagine the numbers won’t lie that this tournament will need some major changes in the very near future if it even wants to survive.

  • 8,421
  • 11,197
  • 9,126
  • 9,126
  • 9,157
  • 7,411
  • 5,278
  • 9,512
  • 5,378
  • 5,378
  • 7,411
  • 10,385

But where do we go to fix this? Moving the tournament up the calendar a bit to say March? Would that even make a difference? I know having a lot of the games in New England where the fans really could care less about some sub-park Mexican clubs really did a number on the attendence here but this is rather pathetic. Hell even FC Dallas can post better numbers than this tournament.

So is this tournament really worth saving if we are going to see numbers like this? Can SUM really continue to make money on this venture? I highly doubt it.

  • Peter C

    The numbers above include the 2 doubleheaders with 9125 and 5378 attending respectively.<br />
    <br />
    Here is a comparison of the average attendance with previous SuperLiga tourneys.<br />
    <br />
    <a href="http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-kicks-off/4635&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-s…</a>" target="_blank">http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-s…</a></a>

  • KCB

    I laughed when I realized a sold-out match in KC v. Santos is the 2nd highest attendance on that list (IMHO, could have been a lot more if not for the small stadium. Damn, there's a lot of Mexicans in KC).<br />
    <br />
    As excited as I was that KC was in an international tournament this year, the Superliga has got to go. We all know it's nothing more than a SUM marketing scheme but those numbers are just bad, especially with a LA club in the tourney. Chivas had a home match right? Can't tell with those numbers.

  • WTF

    The calendar should run concurrent with the Champions League, and played on Thursdays. Also, they should change the format to a double round robin in the group stage with all teams hosting games. Lastly, they must get an English language broadcaster for television.

  • The numbers above include the 2 doubleheaders with 9125 and 5378 attending respectively.

    Here is a comparison of the average attendance with previous SuperLiga tourneys.

    http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-kicks-off/4635

  • KCB

    I laughed when I realized a sold-out match in KC v. Santos is the 2nd highest attendance on that list (IMHO, could have been a lot more if not for the small stadium. Damn, there’s a lot of Mexicans in KC).

    As excited as I was that KC was in an international tournament this year, the Superliga has got to go. We all know it’s nothing more than a SUM marketing scheme but those numbers are just bad, especially with a LA club in the tourney. Chivas had a home match right? Can’t tell with those numbers.

  • WTF

    The calendar should run concurrent with the Champions League, and played on Thursdays. Also, they should change the format to a double round robin in the group stage with all teams hosting games. Lastly, they must get an English language broadcaster for television.

  • Peter C

    The numbers above include the 2 doubleheaders with 9125 and 5378 attending respectively.<br />
    <br />
    Here is a comparison of the average attendance with previous SuperLiga tourneys.<br />
    <br />
    <a href="http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-kicks-off/4635&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-k…</a>" target="_blank">www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-k…</a></a>

  • Peter C

    The numbers above include the 2 doubleheaders with 9125 and 5378 attending respectively.

    Here is a comparison of the average attendance with previous SuperLiga tourneys.

    http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/sum-mer-of-soccer-kicks-off/4635

  • soccer goals

    Superliga has been lame this year.

  • Superliga has been lame this year.

  • Joseph

    Well, the Revolution vs. Santos Laguna was a good game to be at. But I guess there others were just ok. I think making it a pre-MLS season tournament might give it a shot at better coverage/attendance. That way it'd be a 'see what the team is shaping up like this year before the season starts' kind of thing.

  • Joseph

    Well, the Revolution vs. Santos Laguna was a good game to be at. But I guess there others were just ok. I think making it a pre-MLS season tournament might give it a shot at better coverage/attendance. That way it’d be a ‘see what the team is shaping up like this year before the season starts’ kind of thing.