Turning Out in DC

Over at US SOCCER PLAYERS J Hutcherson (did his family have an argument about whether to name him John, James or Jerry and end up compromising on just the first letter, or what?) has some observations about the surprisingly solid attendance for last night's Champions League match at RFK.

Plenty of fans at RFK to ask each other why Fred is sporting a binky

It's hard not to compare it to the dismal ticket sales for the OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT despite featuring Caribbean and Central American teams in maybe the one place on Earth where there is a substantial natural fan base for every single team, including - maybe particularly - the Cubans.

"GREAT SEATS STILL AVAILABLE" in Tampa

But as Sunil Gulati notes, age group soccer is a tough, tough sell everywhere in the world, even when the Olympics are at stake..