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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

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After week 24 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 24 172 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   16,101     5   14,930     14,897     156 
 2006   14,880   -7.58%   6   15,109   1.20%   15,129   1.56%   159 
 2007   17,987   20.88%   8   16,425   8.71%   16,118   6.54%   159 
 2008   16,016   -10.95%   7   16,384   -0.25%   16,925   5.00%   161 
 2009   16,148   0.82%   8   15,841   -3.31%   15,829   -6.48%   172 

YTD – 172 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,930     12,368    28.90%   16.76% 
 2006    15,109     13,084    20.93%   16.86% 
 2007    16,425     14,900    8.72%   26.16% 
 2008    16,384     15,078    11.63%   24.42% 
 2009    15,841     14,573    15.70%   19.77% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(172):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   30,587   NA  13   94.40%   32,400 
 Toronto  20,147   91.67%   20,308   0.80%   12   92.40%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  25,648   94.99%   20,072   -21.74%   11   74.34%   27,000 
 ChivasUSA  15,557   57.62%   16,107   3.53%   10   59.65%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  14,889   72.85%   16,091   8.08%   12   74.91%   19,340 
 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 
 Chicago  17,257   86.29%   14,113   -18.22%   12   70.56%   20,000 
 Columbus Crew  13,569   67.84%   13,660   0.67%   11   68.30%   20,000 
 NE Revolution  18,673   82.99%   13,561   -27.38%   11   60.27%   22,500 
 Colorado Rapids  13,677   75.62%   12,614   -7.77%   12   69.75%   18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  15,986   63.46%   12,070   -24.49%   12   47.92%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  11,118   107.06%   10,010   -9.97%   11   96.39%   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 24 games drew 16,148, despite poor crowds at New England, Colorado and the Meadowlands(rain). RSL kept its playoff hopes alive against Chivas USA in front of over 14,700 in their midweek clash. Seattle had its usual full house for fellow MLS 2.0 club Toronto. Rain from Hurricane Danny kept the gate under 8,000 in New England. KC had a near sellout for its match with RSL. Over 16,300 at Toyota Park were disappointed by the continued poor play of their club at home. LA had its first sellout of the season(they had 7 at this point last year). Under 11,000 turned out for the Rapids’ matchup with league leaders Houston. And it was a little worse at the Meadowlands for a replay of the 2008 MLS Cup Final(Ok keep your laughing under control).

The only thing that could have been better for MLS publicity would have been an earlier start time for the SuperClasico at the HDC. Natural rivals vying for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs(I don’t see Houston being overtaken), a sellout atmoshere, and Beckham scores the game winner late in the game.

In 2009, RBNY has been the poster boy for disaster on the field. Off the field, FC Dallas holds that honor. The only club averaging less than 10,000 per game, FCD has played 10 different opponents at home. It comes as no surprise that for 8 of them it’s been the lowest road attendance of the season. As a sidebar, 7 of the 15 teams are drawing more on the road than at home. Last year, 8 of the 14 teams had higher attendances on the road than at home.

 2009  Home Avg  Away Avg Home minus Away
 Chicago  14,113   17,377   Away  (3265) 
 Chivas USA  16,107   14,502   Home  1604  
 Colorado  12,614   16,216   Away  (3602) 
 Columbus  13,660   18,813   Away  (5153) 
 D.C. United  15,887   15,096   Home  791  
 FC Dallas  9,229   14,252   Away  (5023) 
 Houston  15,938   14,120   Home  1817  
 Kansas City  10,010   16,824   Away  (6814) 
 Los Angeles  20,072   19,078   Home  995  
 New England  13,561   16,193   Away  (2633) 
 RBNY  12,070   17,076   Away  (5006) 
 Real Salt Lake  16,091   14,214   Home  1877  
 San Jose  15,137   13,893   Home  1244  
 Seattle  30,587   14,541   Home  16046  
 Toronto FC  20,308   15,007   Home  5301  


Week 24 Games
 
Real Salt Lake 4 RSL – Behind the Shield
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Seattle 0 Seattle Times
Toronto 0 TFC Connected
 
New England 2 Revolution Soccer
San Jose 1 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Chicago 0 Chicago Fire Confidential
DC United 1 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
Kansas City 0 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Real Salt Lake 1 RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Colorado 1 Undercurrent
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
RBNY 1 Red Bulls Reader
Columbus 0 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra


Did you notice that 5 of the 8 games ended 1-0?





So How Are They Doing?

Points after 172 Games
  Pts GP  PPG GD
 Houston  40   25   1.60   9 
 Columbus  39   23   1.70   9 
 Chicago  38   24   1.58   5 
 Los Angeles  38   24   1.58   5 
 Seattle  34   24   1.42   6 
 Colorado  33   22   1.50   8 
 Real Salt Lake  33   24   1.38   8 
 New England  33   21   1.57   0 
 Chivas USA  33   22   1.50   -1 
 DC United  32   23   1.39   1 
 Toronto FC  31   23   1.35   -3 
 Dallas  23   22   1.05   -4 
 Kansas City  21   21   1.00   -9 
 San Jose  20   22   0.91   -13 
 NY Red Bull  16   24   0.67   -21 


Games in hand will be critical. RSL and Seattle might be the most vulnerable to being overtaken for playoff positions. DCU, unbeaten at home, will play 5 of its last 7 at RFK. Columbus is poised to overtake Houston for the Supporters’ Shield with its 2 games in hand.




Streaking

  • LA is unbeaten in 6 road games.
  • Columbus(11 games) and DC United(10 games) are unbeaten at home.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • FC Dallas has lost 4 straight on the road.
  • KC has no wins in its last 7(5 losses).
  • RBNY has won 2 in a row!
  • RBNY is winless on the road.
  • Colorado is winless on the road in its last 4.


    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.

    After 2 group play matches in the CONCACAF Champions League Houston has 4 points, Columbus has 3 points, while DC United sit last in Group B with 0 points.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Sep 15-16 Sep 22-24
    Group Game 3 Group Game 4
    Houston plays Sep 15, 22
    Columbus plays Sep 16, 23
    DCU plays Sep 16, 24

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    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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    Congratualtions!

    Richmond wins USL-2 Title

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    They COULD HAVE Gotten it Right

    Well, what can you say? First the good: MLS scheduled only 3 games this coming weekend, which is a FIFA International calendar period. That surely minimized any potential conflict for many possible USMNT’ers who might be called into service for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. In fact, for US players, only Conor Casey, on September 5th, stands to miss a match if he’s selected. Not the solution many fans want, which would be no MLS matches during FIFA International periods, but a lot better than having a full slate of games on the schedule. Now the WTF!: The USMNT game v El Salvador is at 8pm ET, the three MLS matches start at 7:30, 8:00 and 10:00 ET. Are you kidding me? Wait, it gets better. On Wednesday, Sep 9, the US travels to Trinidad and Tobago and will play at 7pm ET. MLS has ONE midweek match scheduled, on you guessed it, Wed the 9th. Not only that, it begins at 8:00pm ET. There are no words.

  • 4 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

    1. Rob says:

      Despite the frustrating scheduling tidbits, the attendance has been on a steady pace since July, which is good news considering how much it slipped at the start of this season.

    2. eplnfl says:

      Chicago had a spike in attendance this week. Let me indicate it was unseasonably cool in Chicago over the weekend and rained a good part of Saturday but not during the game.

      The Fire have gotten some good radio air time from a new local radio host who is a soccer fan. He was appearing at the game on Saturday and the plugs may have helped. Let’s hope so.

    3. WonsanUnited says:

      Well Garber’s decision to start MLS earlier took a toll on average attendance. Otherwise it would be about the same as last year.

    4. soccer goals says:

      I hope that MLS can continue to grow the attendance,

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