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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.