Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14
After week 14 the numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|WK 14||106 GP||YTD|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(106):
|MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap||Att||Att +/-||GP||% of Cap||Cap|
|Real Salt Lake||16,419||76.25%||15,449||-5.91%||6||65.41%||19,340|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||17,679||70.18%||11,385||-35.60%||8||45.20%||25,189|
My disclaimer about the capacity calculations
For my calculations, I’ve taken the 4 teams playing in football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson, New England in Foxboro, and RBNY in the Meadowlands and assigned maximum capacities as follows, DCU-22,500, Houston-22,500, New England-22,500 and RBNY-25189(the posted capacity of Red Bull Arena). I took the 22,500 from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use. Capacities have also been adjusted for the few games that were moved to larger venues, such as San Jose playing twice in Oakland Alameda Colliseum for 2 of it’s 7 matches in ‘08 and three times in ’09.
I’m now using 32,000 for Seattle’s capacity. Thier previous announced cap was 27,000. Since they haven’t drawn less than 28,000, I’ve recalculated all of the Sounders’ games to the new number.
Good crowds attended this week’s six matches, except of course in Dallas. The league averaged just under 16,200. A decent week brought down by Dallas and Colorado.
The week began with DC United visiting Qwest Field and its 29,000+ fans. The Galaxy played San Jose in a match played at Oakland Alameda. The Quakes 2 home matches vs LA drew over 59,000 in ’08. This year’s two matches drew a total of just under 33,000. I wonder if they had to pay more for the stadium and if the extra 12,000(vs sellouts at Buck Shaw) was worth it. Not a bad turnout of over 14,300 in the rain at the Meadowlands. Dallas. Over 17,000 showed up in sultry Houston, but only 11,416 saw the Rapids continue their strong play.
If you’re wondering why San Jose’s capacity percent fell from 72.70% last week to 44.93%, it’s because their 3 matches at Oakland Alameda with a capacity of 47,416 are now fully factored into the Quake’s numbers.
The Red Bulls numbers took a hit as it’s 8th game last year was Beckham’s visit, drawing over 46,700.
|YTD – 106 Games|
|Week 14 Games|
|DC United||3||Washington Post – Steve Goff|
|RBNY||1||Red Bulls Reader|
|Houston||1||Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas|
|Real Salt Lake||1||Behind the Shield|
|DC United||0||Behind the Badge|
|FC Dallas||2||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|Columbus||1||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|San Jose||2||Mercury News|
|Los Angeles||1||LA – Official Blog|
End of Week Thoughts
Confederations Cup extended callups, OH My!
The stranger than fiction conclusion of group play in the Confederations Cup has extended the US participation in the tourney. They face current #1 Spain in a semifinal on Wednesday. MLS players will miss another week of matches(MLS and SuperLiga).
The first round of the N.A. SuperLiga 2009 was played this weekend. The MLS teams are Chivas USA, Chicago, Kansas City and New England. These are considered 2008′s ’2nd tier’ MLS teams. The new eligibility rules for the CONCACAF Champions League and SuperLiga do not permit an MLS team to participate in both tournaments, a welcome change to clubs that were overwhelmed with fixtures and short rosters in previous years. So with the ‘top’ clubs, i.e.; Supporters’ Shield Champion, MLS Cup finalists, and the Lamar Hunt US Open Champion going to the CCL, the ‘best of the rest’ go to SuperLiga. This year, with Columbus winning the Supporters’ Shield and being an MLS Cup finalist, the extra CCL slot went to Houston, with the next most points in the regular season. That meant that the next best teams(points in the regular season) got the SuperLiga slots.
The four MLS clubs were not scheduled this week, nor are they scheduled next week. But they will each play 3 SuperLiga group matches in 8 days. The semifinals are on July 15 and the final is on August 15. Looking ahead, Chivas USA is scheduled to play on August 15, while Chicago and Kansas City play on August 16. There are no conflicts on July 15.
|SuperLiga 2009 – Matchday 1|
|Chicago||1||3||Chicago – MLSNet|
|San Luis||0||0||San Luis – Wikipedia|
|Chivas USA||1||0||Chivas USA – MLSNet|
|Tigres UANL||2||3||Tigres UANL – Wikipedia|
|Kansas City||0||1||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Atlas||0||1||Atlas – The Offside|
|New England||4||3||Revolution Soccer|
|Santos Laguna||2||0||Tigres UANL – Wikipedia|
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup continued with the 2nd round. The Ocean City Barons won $10,000 as the last amateur team standing. The eight MLS clubs will enter the competition in the 3rd round on June 30. Joining them will be the PDL Barons, 2 USL-2 teams, Wilmington and Harrisburg, and 5 USL-1 clubs, Charleston, Rochester, Minnesota, Austin and Portland.
In case you missed it, Toronto pulled off a stunner in the Canadian Nutrilite Championship, beating Montreal 6-1 and becoming the 5th MLS team in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto came into the game needing a 4 goal margin to overcome Vancouver and win the title.TFC will face USL-1 side and CFU Championship runner-up Puerto Rico in the preliminary round of the CCC, beginning in late July.