Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 5
The Week 5 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 5||37 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 37 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|Real Salt Lake||11,806||36.33%||19,970||69.15%||1||103.26%||19,340|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||10,424||41.38%||17,953||72.22%||3||71.27%||25,189|
My disclaimer about the capacity calculations
For my calculations, I’ve taken the 3 teams playing in Amercan football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson and New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacities at 22,500. I took the 22,500 number from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use.
The week began on Thursday in Dallas. Another attendance disaster for the charter member of the league. Saturday began with the first game in what promises to be an excellent rivalry with Philadelphia visiting the Red Bulls. Unfortunately, after a great start at their new Arena, fans failed to come out in numbers for the 2nd match in a row. The announced crowd was just over 15,600, but I think most folks were thinking that RBNY would draw 18,000+, especially with good weather. Columbus pulled in a pretty typical 14,300+ on a rainy night, so not too bad. New England managed to draw less than Dallas, which has been the butt of ridicule since Thursday. Will we hear the same about the Revs this week? Chicago had just over 11,300 for the Dynamo visit. KC nearly filled its house. ChivasUSA had just under 14,400 at the HDC. Well it finally happened. It took rain and a bit of a chill(really? surely not in Toronto) and a closed major access road for TFC to not fill the house as over 18,300 saw their team beat Seattle.
I wonder how many people were surprised to learn that, barring injury, Jeff Cunningham will most likely become MLS’ all time leading scorer.
Of the 20 lowest attended matches in MLS regular season history, Colorado and Kansas City have 8 each, Tampa Bay 2, and one each for Dallas and Los Angeles. I only have the weather for 6 of the 20 matches, one had rain, but 61 degrees was the lowest temperature of the 6. None of the KC lows have occurred in Community America Ballpark..
Think David Beckham hasn’t made a difference? Think again. How’s this for impact? Total home games in parentheses.
- 2 of Columbus’ 13 all time high attendances(216)
- 2 of Dallas’ 9 all time high attendances(217)
- 2 of DCU’s 5 all time high attendances(215)
- 3 of Houston’s 4 all time high attendances(64)
- 2 of KC’s 5 all time high attendances(217)
- 2 of New England’s 8 all time high attendances(216)
- 2 of New York’s 7 all time high attendances(217)
- 2 of RSL’s 5 all time high attendances(78)
- 2 of San Jose’s 10 all time high attendances(includes SJ aka Houston)(186)
|Week 5 Games|
|FC Dallas||2||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|RBNY||2||Red Bulls Reader|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Soccer|
|Columbus||1||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|Real Salt Lake||0||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|New England||1||Revolution Soccer|
|Chicago||2||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Houston||0||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Kansas City||0||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Los Angeles||0||LA – Official Blog|
|Chivas USA||3||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|San Jose||2||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
- FC Dallas have not lost at home in its last 11(7 wins).
- Colorado has not lost at home in 7 straight.
- TFC has not lost at home in 8 straight.
- TFC has lost 11 straight road games.
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 11 regular season home games.
MLS Throw Ins
- There have been 21 clean sheets in the first 37 matches
- Through 37 games: goal scoring is exactly even with 2009.
- RSL has lost only twice in its last 31 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
The MLS play-in matches for the Open have begun for the teams that did not finish in the top 6 in 2009. The next match will be played on April 27. All times are ET. Seattle are the defending cup holders, and as such will compete in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League.
- Colorado Rapids defeated the Kansas City Wizards 2-1.
- Real Salt Lake beat the San Jose Earthquakes on PK’s 5-3 after playing to a 3-3 score.
- Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, Tuesday, April 27, 8 p.m. at Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
- FC Dallas at DC United, Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium (Washington D.C.)
- New England Revolution at Philadelphia or New York on Wednesday, May 12