Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 15

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After week 15 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 15 112 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   19,065     8   14,710     14,274     101 
 2006   15,853   -16.85%   12   14,821   0.75%   14,721   3.13%   100 
 2007   14,650   -7.59%   6   14,907   0.58%   15,143   2.87%   103 
 2008   18,529   26.48%   6   16,357   9.73%   16,991   12.20%   106 
 2009   19,285   4.08%   6   15,189   -7.14%   15,189   -10.60%   112 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(112):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   29,715   NA  9   92.86%   32,000 
 Toronto  20,144   91.66%   20,288   0.71%   10   92.31%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  25,142   93.12%   19,128   -23.92%   8   70.84%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  15,549   73.28%   15,840   1.87%   7   68.84%   19,340 
 Houston  16,566   73.63%   15,689   -5.29%   8   69.73%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,376   53.25%   15,312   6.51%   8   56.71%   27,000 
 D.C. United  20,817   92.52%   14,811   -28.85%   8   65.83%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  12,268   54.39%   12,868   4.89%   7   57.05%   22,555 
 Colorado Rapids  14,150   78.24%   11,940   -15.62%   6   66.02%   18,086 
 San Jose  15,420   73.77%   11,774   -23.64%   7   44.93%   10,300 
 Chicago  16,440   82.20%   11,726   -28.67%   6   58.63%   20,000 
 NE Revolution  10,289   45.73%   11,511   11.88%   5   51.16%   22,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,679   70.18%   11,385   -35.60%   8   45.20%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  9,483   91.32%   9,703   2.32%   7   93.44%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  13,862   67.62%   8,679   -37.39%   8   42.33%   20,500 

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. A big week for average attendance. The league averaged just under 19,300. A great week that could have been better(Colorado).

The week began with RBNY visiting BMO Field and its 20,000+ fans. The Rapids hosted FC Dallas before a modest 10,500+. Columbus continues to draw well, with over 15,500 watching a rematch of MLS Cup ’08. A terrific crowd of over 18,000 came to Rio Tinto to witness the Laker’s victory. Seattle exceeded thier new ‘official capacity’ of 32,000 as 32,526 saw the Rapids try to overtake Seattle in the west. Just under 18,000 showed up in LA to see the Gals end Houston’s 11 game undefeated streak.

Six of last year’s 14 clubs are now ahead of ’08 attendance, but only one by double digits. However 6 other clubs are each down over 22% from last year. Maybe MLS can catch some spillover joy from the USMNT. Jason Davis put it quite well.

YTD – 112 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,710     12,106    30.36%   16.96% 
 2006    14,821     13,064    22.32%   16.96% 
 2007    14,907     14,130    11.61%   20.54% 
 2008    16,357     15,274    11.61%   25.00% 
 2009    15,189     14,377    15.18%   16.96% 

Week 15 Games
Toronto 2 TFC Connected
RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader
Colorado 1 Undercurrent
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
Columbus 1 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader
Real Salt Lake 3 Behind the Shield
Toronto 0 TFC Connected
Seattle 3 Seattle Times
Colorado 0 Undercurrent
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas

These young US players were away this week as the USMNT U-20’s prepare for the U-20 World Cup held later this year in Egypt.

  • Chivas USA – Gerson
  • FC Dallas – Marosevic
  • Houston – Cruz

    Confederations Cup and MLS

    As we all know by now, the USMNT played in the Confederations Cup final, extending the US participation in the tourney. The MLS contingent; Bornstein, Kljestan, Wynne, Casey, Donovan and Clark missed matches(MLS or SuperLiga). After a terrible run of games, 3 straight strong performances against world class opponents on foreign soil: Congrats to the USMNT!

    Gold Cup and MLS

    Gold Cup Rosters at CONCACAF
    Players, League Games Missed Due to Gold Cup Group Play
      Players Opponent
         3-Jul  4-Jul  11-Jul
     Chicago Fire   Busch, Pause, Segares(CRC)    Colorado  Columbus
     Chivas USA   Thomas(JAM), Harmse(CAN)      LA
     Colorado Rapids   Clark, Perkins, Ceus(HAI)
       Chicago  FCD
     Columbus Crew   Rogers, Marshall    DCU  Chicago
     DC United   Quaranta, Jakovic(CAN)    Columbus  
     FC Dallas   Cooper    RBNY  Colorado
     Houston Dynamo   Ching, Holden, Hainault(CAN)    KC  Seattle
     Kansas City Wizards   Arnaud, Conrad    Houston  NE
     Los Angeles Galaxy   Ricketts(JAM)    NE  Chivas USA
     New England Revolution   Heaps, Joseph(GRE)    LA  KC
     RBNY   Pacheco(SLV), Richards(JAM)    FCD  
     Real Salt Lake   Beckerman, Johnson(CAN)
     San Jose Earthquakes   NONE  RSL    TFC
     Seattle Sounders FC   Evans, Marshall(JAM)      HOU
     Toronto FC   Cronin, Gerba(CAN)      SJ

    If I’ve missed anyone, hopefully our readers will let me know in the comment section.

    This list encompasses the MLS matches that coincide with Gold Cup group play which ends on July 12. I will update the list as we go through the knock-out rounds.

    Andy Williams declines Jamaican invite. Williams’ wife has been battling a rare form of leukemia, sparking a soccer nation ‘call to arms’ that resulted in heightened awareness of the need for bone marrow donors.

    Note that according to the AP, Busch will remain with the Fire unless Robles or Perkins are hurt or injured. This list does not conform exactly to the rosters listed at the CONCACAF site as drops and adds have occurred since they were posted.


    End of Week Thoughts

  • RBNY looks all but out of 2009 MLS playoffs. They are winless in 22 road games.
  • The Rapids will play without in form striker Omar Cummings(Gold Cup) for its July 4 match. For a while it looked like they might also be without Conor Casey, but he is not on the final list of 23 for the USMNT.
  • SuperLiga continued for Chivas USA, Chicago, Kansas City and New England. The next league game for each of them is on July 4.
  • Chicago advance to SuperLiga semifinals(July 15).
  • TFC’s roster is not pillaged like it was last year. De Rosario has opted out of the Gold Cup to stay with the club.
  • Was it too much to expect SUM to schedule the SuperLiga Saturday Matchday 3 games in the afternoon so as not to conflict with the 2 MLS tilts? A case of Mexican broadcasters dictating kick-off times?
  • Columbus have tied the league record: undefeated at home in 18 matches.
  • The Rapids 8 game unbeaten string was emphatically snapped by the Sounders.
  • Down almost 24% in attendance, ya think LA is looking forward to Beckham’s return?


    Gettin’ Busy

    The Fire play their first U.S. Open Cup game Tuesday in Wilmington, NC. Then a July 4 league game in Colorado. If they win in 3rd round Open match, an Open quarterfinal match would be next on July 7. Back to league play with a home game July 11 against Columbus and then a SuperLiga semifinal on July 15th and another league match on July 18th.

    The four MLS SuperLiga clubs were not scheduled this week. 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.


    Just Some Stuff

    Atlanta fans sent a shout-out to the soccer gods as over 51,000 came out for a friendly between Mexico and Venezuela. Perhaps some Mexican club owner will take the Silverbacks off of Arthur Blank’s hands and bring the team out of hiatus.

    Suddenly respectable FCD may lose Davies, Lambo, Marosevic, Shea and Anthony Wallace to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, Sep 24 – Oct 16, potentially missing 4 league matches.

    Don’t be surprised at the number of players being released. July 1st is the deadline for terminating any contracts with guaranteed money. In other words, dump the player now or pay for the rest of the contract.

    Opposite ends of youth soccer in the US …while the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs are underway, sad news comes out of Brad Friedl’s Ohio based academy.


    1. Davidge Partelwarl June 29, 2009
    2. Peter C June 29, 2009
    3. Lars June 29, 2009
    4. Peter C June 29, 2009
    5. Yoshou June 30, 2009
    6. ryan June 30, 2009

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