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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 23

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 23

After week 23 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 23 164 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   15,133     7   14,807     14,857     151 
 2006   11,814   -21.93%   10   15,065   1.74%   15,139   1.89%   153 
 2007   17,413   47.39%   7   16,126   7.04%   16,019   5.82%   151 
 2008   19,222   10.39%   6   16,393   1.65%   16,966   5.91%   154 
 2009   16,665   -13.31%   9   15,826   -3.46%   15,813   -6.80%   164 

YTD – 164 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,807     12,305    29.70%   15.76% 
 2006    15,065     12,979    21.34%   16.46% 
 2007    16,126     14,680    9.15%   24.39% 
 2008    16,393     15,188    11.59%   24.39% 
 2009    15,826     14,573    15.24%   19.51% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(164):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   30,412   NA  12   95.04%   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  15,557   57.62%   16,107   3.53%   10   59.65%   27,000 
 Houston  16,155   71.80%   15,938   -1.35%   12   70.84%   22,500 
 D.C. United  19,993   88.86%   15,887   -20.53%   10   70.61%   22,500 
 San Jose  14,917   90.48%   15,137   1.48%   12   77.31%   10,300 
 NE Revolution  16,615   73.85%   14,188   -14.61%   10   63.06%   22,500 
 Chicago  17,288   86.44%   13,912   -19.53%   11   69.56%   20,000 
 Columbus Crew  13,569   67.84%   13,660   0.67%   11   68.30%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,628   75.35%   12,771   -6.29%   11   70.61%   18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  16,376   65.01%   12,229   -25.32%   11   48.55%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  11,118   107.06%   10,019   -9.89%   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

Note I grabbed Sunday’s Fire/Rapids attendance from the good folks at MLS Daily as MLSnet has yet to post. Good job getting Chicago’s gate TJ.

Observations

Week 23 games drew 16,665, despite poor crowds at San Jose, New England and the Meadowlands(rain). Chicago had its first sellout for the Galaxy’s visit. The normal Seattle sellout helps for comparitive purposes as this week last year the Revs drew over 39,000 in New England for Becks. Rain most likely kept the crowd down in DC, where they still pulled in over 22,000 for Goldenball’s appearance, a drop of over 13,800 from last year’s nearly 36,000. San Jose’s poor play is showing at the gate, especially against a weak Kansas City opponent, as they only drew 9,031. Chivas USA’s season keeps percolating along with a decent(not great) crowd of over 15,000. Didn’t expect a big crowd for the Red Bulls and Dallas, rain at kickoff didn’t help: 9,648. Alert! Red Bulls Win! New England drew a tepid 10,552 for its RSL match. Houston pulled in over 17,000 as the Sounders came to town.

Last week I posted the Beckham statistically irrelevant ‘home game’ effect(only 1 home game with Becks). With the Gals on the road for 2 games this week, thought I’d update the ‘away game’ effect table.

Beckham Road Game Effect
With Beckham
  2008 2009 +/-
 RBNY  46,754   23,238   -23,516   -50.30% 
 KC  26,113   11,906   -14,207   -54.41% 
 NE  39,256   26,623   -12,633   -32.18% 
 CHI  20,156   20,000   -156   -0.77% 
 DCU  35,979   22,134   -13,845   -38.48% 
         
 Total  168,258   103,901   -64,357   -38.25% 


Week 23 Games
 
Chicago 0 Chicago Fire Confidential
Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog
 
Seattle 0 Seattle Times
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
 
DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog
 
San Jose 1 San Jose Center Line Soccer
Kansas City 0 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA – MLSNet
Toronto 0 TFC Connected
 
RBNY 2 Red Bulls Reader
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Chicago 3 Chicago Fire Confidential
Colorado 2 Undercurrent
 
New England 3 Revolution Soccer
Real Salt Lake 1 RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Houston 1 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Seattle 1 Seattle Times




So How Are They Doing?

Points after 164 Games
  Pts GP  PPG GD
 Houston  40   24   1.67   10 
 Columbus  39   22   1.77   10 
 Chicago  38   23   1.65   6 
 Los Angeles  35   23   1.52   4 
 Seattle  33   23   1.43   6 
 Chivas USA  33   20   1.65   4 
 Colorado  30   21   1.43   7 
 New England  30   20   1.50   -1 
 Toronto FC  30   22   1.36   -3 
 DC United  29   22   1.32   0 
 Real Salt Lake  27   22   1.23   3 
 Dallas  23   22   1.05   -4 
 Kansas City  21   20   1.05   -8 
 San Jose  20   21   0.95   -12 
 NY Red Bull  13   23   0.57   -22 


Notice that the last 3 teams in playoff positions have games in hand over the teams chasing them. Seattle might be the most vulnerable to being overtaken.




Streaking

  • LA is unbeaten in 6 road games.
  • Columbus is unbeaten in 8.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • DCU has not won on the road since April 26(9 matches).
  • Columbus(11matches) and DCU(10 matches) have not lost at home.
  • KC has no wins in its last 6(4 losses).
  • RBNY has won 1 in a row.
  • RBNY is winless on the road.


    Just Some Stuff

    The CONCACAF Champions League group phase began last week. DC United, Houston and Columbus are representing MLS in the regional club championship. RBNY and Toronto FC were eliminated in the preliminaries.

    Houston defeated Isidro Metápan and Columbus beat Puerto Rico in their opening matches, played at home, while DC United lost on the road to Marathón.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Aug 26 Sep 15-16
    Group Game 2 Group Game 3
    Houston plays Aug 26, Sep 15
    DCU and Columbus play Aug 26, Sep 16


    I believe Houston’s participation in recent SuperLiga and CONCACAF Champions Cup/League tourneys was a contributing factor in signing their first Designated Player, Luis Landín, a 24 yr old striker, on a 16 month loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul.

    =====

    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.


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