So I'm out here at Home Depot Center for the women's opener. The Women's Professional Soccer opener, that is. Sol won 2-0, in case you were wondering.
It was sort of a last-minute thing to come out here but I'm glad I was able to come out. The players were genuinely excited about having a league of their own once again, and the teams played an entertaining match. It wasn't great soccer but it was entertaining and women's pro soccer and that was more than enough reason for people to enjoy the day.
The game drew a crowd of 14,832, about 5,000 more than the Sol were expecting. Now, you may not think that is a great number but consider that the Galaxy drew about 18,000 and Chivas USA drew around 16,000 in their respective home openers last weekend. That, and FC Dallas drew 6,500 or so in their game on Sunday. Who knows how many of those 14,832 will come back but that they were here was enough for players on both sides to enjoy the day.
On a quick side note, I found my digital recorder (yes!) so I'll have audio of some of the players later.
We'll see though how the league can build this into any sort of momentum for upcoming matches. The next game here won't be until April 19, three weeks from now, but if the league can put on more games like Sunday the bulk of these fans may be enticed to come back for more.