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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 5

Posted on by Peter C

empty stands3 Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 5

Week 5 in the MLS was troubling from an attendance standpoint.

This week’s seven matches averaged just a bit over 12,000, a decline of nearly 5,000 from last year’s week 5 matches.

As optimistic as I like to be, it’s hard to fathom the 8,508 at Giants stadium with fantastic weather against its conference final opponents from last year. Then the reliably terrible 6,813 at Pizza Hut Park. And for my money, I would have thought a first place Chivas would have drawn better for a matchup with MLS darlings Seattle, complete with wunderkind Fredy Montero in the lineup. Chivas did have the biggest gate at 15,463, but still…

After week 5 the numbers look like this…

2009 – Week 5: 12,082
2008 – Week 5: 17,049
2007 – Week 5: 11,206
2006 – Week 5: 13,351
2005 – Week 5: 18,842

In week 5 ’08, DCU drew over 23,000, TFC drew its usual 20,000+ and the Galaxy(with Beckham) sold out the HDC.
In 2005, 54,000 saw the Fire/Revs match as part of a doubleheader with Mexico playing Poland in a friendly.

Of the teams that have played at least 3 home games, here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games :

Chivas: +16.5%
DC United: -24.4%
FC Dallas: -26.1%
Houston: -12.6%
Los Angeles: -18.1%
San Jose: -9.7%

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2 clubs remain winless after victories by RBNY, FC Dallas and Houston. The Galaxy drew for the 3rd time in 4 matches while Columbus was idle.

FCD, fresh off it’s first victory of the season will face DC United in a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match this Wednesday.

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Good news, bad news for the Men’s Nats. Ives reports that Steve Cherundolo needs hip surgery that is expected to keep him on the sidelines at least through the Confederations Cup in June. Also, Jozy Altidore had surgery for a toe problem and will be out around 4 weeks. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the busy upcoming June schedule.

On the positive side, Oguchi Onyewu scored for Standard Liege and Maurice Edu tallied a game winner for Rangers.