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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 22

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 22

After week 22 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 22 155 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   15,573     4   14,897     14,844     144 
 2006   13,932   -10.54%   6   15,263   2.46%   15,361   3.48%   143 
 2007   16,209   16.34%   6   16,022   4.97%   16,005   4.19%   144 
 2008   15,294   -5.64%   9   16,423   2.50%   16,875   5.44%   148 
 2009   16,236   6.16%   6   15,764   -4.02%   15,764   -6.58%   155 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(155):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   30,204   NA  11   94.39%   32,000 
 Toronto  20,147   91.67%   20,308   0.80%   12   92.40%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  25,513   94.49%   19,379   -24.04%   10   71.78%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  14,855   72.34%   16,213   9.14%   11   74.80%   19,340 
 ChivasUSA  14,286   52.91%   16,211   13.48%   9   60.04%   27,000 
 Houston  16,324   72.55%   15,836   -2.99%   11   70.38%   22,500 
 San Jose  14,917   87.50%   15,692   5.20%   11   76.84%   10,300 
 D.C. United  20,133   89.48%   15,193   -24.53%   9   67.53%   22,500 
 NE Revolution  16,799   74.66%   14,592   -13.14%   9   64.85%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  13,569   67.84%   13,660   0.67%   11   68.30%   20,000 
 Chicago  17,092   85.46%   13,027   -23.78%   9   65.13%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,628   75.35%   12,771   -6.29%   11   70.61%   18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  16,759   66.53%   12,487   -25.49%   10   49.57%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  9,619   92.62%   10,019   4.16%   10   96.47%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  14,072   68.64%   9,229   -34.42%   11   45.02%   20,500 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 22 games drew a very respectable 16,236, over 6% higher than the corresponding period last year. Columbus’ top crowd of the year were treated to the Crew remaining undefeated at home. RBNY, not unexpectedly, drew under 10,600 as they lost again to visiting Chivas USA. The surprise to me was the 20,162 at the Home Depot Center. With Becks, Donovan and Ljungberg on the pregame menu, I would have expected a near sellout.

This weekend marked the first MLS home game for the Galaxy with Beckham in the squad. Becks proceeded to get red carded in the 17th minute. 5 minutes later Seattle ended their scoring drought of over 330 minutes. Good thing this wasn’t the national TV game with Ljungberg and Donovan on the bench(until the 2nd half) and Becks carded so early.

Last week I posted the Beckham ‘away game’ effect. With one game played at home in 2009, here is the statistically irrelevant ‘home game’ effect table.

Beckham Home Game Effect
  With Without(9) With(1)
  2008 2009 +/-   +/-
 Att  228,132   173,632   -54,500  -23.89%  20,162  N/A -20.46%
 Avg  25,348   19,292   -6,056   20,162   -5,186 


YTD – 155 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,897     12,311    30.13%   16.03% 
 2006    15,263     13,056    21.29%   16.77% 
 2007    16,022     14,640    9.68%   23.23% 
 2008    16,423     15,118    11.61%   25.16% 
 2009    15,764     14,516    14.84%   19.35% 

Week 22 Games
 
Toronto 2 TFC Connected
DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader
Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Columbus 2 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
FC Dallas 0 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Real Salt Lake 0 RSL – Behind the Shield
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog
Seattle 2 Seattle Times
 
Kansas City 0 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Chicago 2 Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog




Week 22 Weird Factoid

Every game ended with a clean sheet. One game, RSL/Houston, was a double clean sheet match.

Streaking

  • Columbus is unbeaten in 8.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • DCU has not won on the road(9 matches).
  • KC has no wins in its last 5.
  • RBNY hasn’t won in 13.
  • San Jose and RBNY are winless on the road.


    Just Some Stuff

    The CONCACAF Champions League group phase begins this week. DC United, Houston and Columbus will be representing MLS in the regional club championship. RBNY and Toronto FC were eliminated in the preliminaries.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Aug 18-19 Aug 26
    Group Game 1 Group Game 2
    DCU and Columbus play Aug 18, 26
    Houston plays Aug 19, 26

    =====

    The finalists for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are DC United and Seattle. DCU looks to defend its crown while the Sounders are looking for their first hardware as an MLS club. The final is on September 2 at RFK stadium in DC.

    Just because I liked it… an article about a fan experience at an MLS match.

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    7 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 22

    1. eplnfl says:

      Very respectable numbers for MLS given that the EPL kicked off this week and NFL football(pre-season) started up again. Both are strong on American TV screens. Also, a lot of fans maybe a bit worn out after a big match this week with the US v. Mexico taking up headlines. The conclusion I think is that the more soccer available to American’s the better for MLS.

      It would be interesting to determine in this summer of soccer if MLB has been hurt by all the attention to the pitch by Americans the last few weeks. MLB is a after thought for me know.

    2. Rex says:

      Wow, I thought Seattle/Galaxy would be a must see. Very surprising.
      The game has every reason to be a sellout. Beckham, Donovan and Ljungberg. LA surging in the west. I figured the Galaxy fans would wanna show Seattle that they have an atmosphere of their own.
      Heck, I really wanted to see the match and I don’t like either team.

    3. Lars says:

      EPLNFL, it’s not that hard. If you could get this year’s attendances and average tv ratings for MLB for me, I can do a comparison with probably the past two decades, and then we could get Peter to do what he always does. The Football numbers.

      • eplnfl says:

        Thank you Lars

        • Lars says:

          No problem. I have the number for attendances at least up to 2005. I need to check to see if the 06, 07, 08 attendances are up yet for MLB.

          Alternatively we could look at NHL or NFL, and perhaps EPL. Haven’t used the database in a while…

          • Lars says:

            Got it from 2008 back, along with revenues, expenses, player salaries, value of teams, ticket prices and tv revenue to name half of them.

    4. Derek says:

      Hey what a surprise, Dallas still sucks and Miami still doesn’t have a team! Great job MLS!

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