This one for SI.com.
I didn't get to it in my column but the crowds in Tampa have been pathetic. I wonder if it would have been better for the entire tournament to have taken place in one venue, perhaps all the games out here at Home Depot Center or Pizza Hut Park or some other MLS town.
I know the criteria for tournaments such as these is not necessarily to play them in MLS towns but why Tampa? If it wasn't going to be held in a city that hosts an MLS team, why not a place like Portland or St. Louis? At least there might have been a chance to have more than 250 people there.
Tournament organizers probably did not want to saturate one market with so many games, which to an extent is true. Six consecutive matchdays at HDC may have put a strain on resources. Still, I wonder if there would have been more crowds for Group A games right here at HDC than there have been at Raymond James Stadium.