Match in Costa Rica draws only 19 fans
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- There were more people on the field than in the stands for this game.
Only 19 fans showed for Sunday's first-division game between Santos and host Carmelita in Alajuela, about 12 miles from the capital, the newspaper Extra reported Tuesday.
Extra said 15 of the fans in the 2,200-seat stadium had come to root for Santos, which won 2-1. The gate receipts of $78 weren't even enough to pay security guards for the game.
"As far as I can recall, the least we'd had were 25 people in previous seasons," team president Carlos Gonzalez told the newspaper "We've had bad sales, but never like this."
Carmelita, founded in 1948, finished third in Group A last season, one spot below the last playoff berth. This season, however, it has won only two of eight games and is last in six-team Group B with seven points.
"We will have to go door to door, to the schools and colleges to invite fans because we need the support of the people," Gonzalez said.