SAT, 7AM ET
WED
NOT
SAT, 7:45AM ET
BUR
MUFC
SAT, 9:45AM ET
FUL
CAR
SAT, 10AM ET
MCFC
STO
SAT, 10AM ET
NEW
CRY
SAT, 10AM ET
QPR
SUN

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Playoffs   Final

The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
  Avg +/- Teams
 2005   13,273   NA  CHI, COL, DAL, DCU, LA, NE, RBNY, SJ
 2006   12,736   -4.05%   CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY
 2007   17,041   33.81%   CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
 2008   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009   20,755   38.74%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2005   15,454   NA NE v CHI – COL v LA
 2006   21,330   38.02%  DCU v NE – HOU v COL
 2007   20,645   -3.21%  NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2008   17,348   -15.97%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2009   23,548   35.74%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL

Finals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams Venue
 2005   21,193   NA NE v LA Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
 2006   22,427   5.82%  NE v HOU Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
 2007   39,859   77.73%  NE v HOU RFK Stadium, Wash DC
 2008   27,000   -32.26%  RBNY v CLB Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2009   46,011   70.41%  RSL v LA Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

Playoff Totals
  Avg +/-
 2005   14,390   NA
 2006   15,179   5.49% 
 2007   19,771   30.25% 
 2008   16,488   -16.60% 
 2009   23,559   42.88% 



Observations

A great finale to the MLS season. With the 46,000+ at Qwest Field, the average for the 8 finals played at football sized stadia is 46,835. The 6 finals played at ‘soccer specific stadia’ have averaged 24,174.

Obviously the Final Match percentage increase over last year is a useless number, given the different capacities of the of the venues.


MLS Quarterfinals – 2nd Leg
RSL Advances 4-2
Columbus 2 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
Real Salt Lake 3 RSL – Behind the Shield
Chicago Advances 3-2
Chicago 2 Chicago Fire Confidential
New England 0 Revolution Soccer
Houston Advances 1-0
Houston 1 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Seattle 0 Seattle Times
Los Angeles Advances 3-2
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
MLS Semifinals
Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
Chicago 0(4) Chicago Fire Confidential
Real Salt Lake 0(5) RSL – Behind the Shield
 
MLS Cup
Los Angeles 1(4) LA – Official Blog
Real Salt Lake 1(5) RSL – Behind the Shield


MLS Throw Ins

  • Preki in at TFC.
  • Nick Rimando named MLS Cup MVP.
  • Steve Sampson to Chivas USA?
  • Schelotto asked to take 50% pay cut. Will he stay or will he go?
  • An extra DP in MLS for 2010?
  • Montreal in MLS in 2012? It would leave room for one more to balance league at 20 teams.
  • 2009 Expansion Draft Rules.
  • Now teams must select players to protect before Wednesday’s expansion draft.

  • 3 Responses to Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

    1. Chris in Belfast says:

      This was a good playoffs from every angle for MLS. Good ball played for the most part, and with the exception of that ridiculously poor crowd in New England fairly good attendance.

    2. man99utd says:

      MLS Cup overnights rise 29%
      Despite moving from broadcast to cable, overnight ratings improved for the MLS Cup.

      Sunday night’s Real Salt Lake/Galaxy matchup drew a 0.9 overnight rating on ESPN, up 29% from a 0.7 for last year’s afternoon Crew/Red Bulls tilt on ABC, and tied as the highest overnight for the event since ’05.

      To put that in perspective, David Beckham’s debut with the Galaxy in July ’07 drew a 1.2 overnight on ESPN.

      Overnight ratings for the MLS Cup since ’99

      Year
      Date
      Game
      Net
      Rating

      2009
      Sun., 11/22/09
      Real Salt Lake/Galaxy
      ESPN
      0.9

      2008
      Sun., 11/23/08
      Crew/Red Bulls
      ABC
      0.7

      2007
      Sun., 11/18/07
      Dynamo/Revolution
      ABC
      0.9

      2006
      Sun., 11/12/06
      Dynamo/Revolution
      ABC
      0.8

      2005
      Sun., 11/13/05
      Galaxy/Revolution
      ABC
      1.0

      2004
      Sun., 11/14/04
      United/Wizards
      ABC
      0.8

      2003
      Sun., 11/23/03
      Earthquakes/Fire
      ABC
      0.9

      2002
      Sun., 10/20/02
      Galaxy/Revolution
      ABC
      1.0

      2001
      Sun., 10/21/01
      Earthquakes/Galaxy
      ABC
      1.2

      2000
      Sun., 10/15/00
      Wizards/Fire
      ABC
      1.0

      1999
      Sun., 11/21/99
      United/Galaxy
      ABC
      1.0

      • Peter C says:

        Yes, I read that piece. It’s good news. Now MLS must maintain that momentum. As I’ve written before, the future quality of the MLS product will depend heavily on national domestic TV rights fees. A jump from the current $20M would provide a significant boost to the league’s ability to maintain and attract quality talent.

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