Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11

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soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 11

The Week 11 numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  Week 11 89 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2006   12,645     7   14,772     15,383     67 
 2007   17,753   40.40%   7   14,985   1.44%   15,491   0.71%   72 
 2008   20,594   16.01%   7   16,171   7.91%   17,229   11.22%   77 
 2009   16,066   -21.99%   9   14,890   -7.92%   15,119   -12.25%   84 
 2010   17,840   11.04%   10   16,320   9.60%   16,150   6.82%   89 
YTD – 89 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006    14,772     13,016    22.47%   14.61% 
 2007    14,985     14,267    13.48%   20.22% 
 2008    16,171     14,919    12.36%   26.97% 
 2009    14,890     14,225    15.73%   16.85% 
 2010    16,320     14,287    12.36%   23.60% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2009 2010  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  29,401   90.74%   36,146   22.94%   7   101.82%   35,500 
 Philadelphia NA NA  29,954  NA  2   78.83%   18,500 
 Toronto  20,180   91.82%   20,537   1.77%   5   93.45%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  19,228   71.21%   19,635   2.12%   6   72.72%   27,000 
 Houston  15,480   68.80%   16,685   7.79%   7   74.16%   22,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  10,966   43.54%   16,282   48.48%   7   64.64%   25,189 
 Real Salt Lake  14,629   66.58%   15,077   3.06%   5   77.96%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,303   63.57%   14,734   3.01%   7   65.49%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,555   53.91%   14,501   -0.37%   5   53.71%   27,000 
 Chicago  11,422   57.11%   14,398   26.06%   5   71.99%   20,000 
 Columbus Crew  12,369   61.84%   14,244   15.16%   5   71.22%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  12,211   67.52%   12,787   4.72%   5   70.70%   18,086 
 FC Dallas  8,801   41.53%   10,448   18.70%   6   49.30%   21,193 
 NE Revolution  13,616   60.51%   10,319   -24.21%   6   45.86%   22,500 
 KC Wizards  9,431   90.81%   9,840   4.33%   5   94.75%   10,385 
 San Jose  10,882   48.00%   9,384   -13.77%   6   91.11%   10,300 

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.

  • Philly’s first two home games were played at Lincoln Financial Field. The announced capacity for the Union was published as 38,000 and will be calculated as such.
  • San Jose 4th match in 2009 was at Oakland Alameda Coliseum and drew over 15,800.

    Observations

    RBNY and San Jose had somewhat disappointing midweek turnouts. On the weekend, Toronto had its usual packed house. RBNY did much better than its midweek match at over 18,800. DCU pulled over 15,300 and LA cracked 20,000 for its match vs Houston. Chicago, Colorado and Dallas drew in the mid 14,000 range. A little less than you might expect in Chitown and a bit more than we’ve become accustomed to in Big D. The weekend closed with Seattle drawing its largest ever crowd of 36,344.


    Week 11 Games
     
    RBNY 2 Red Bulls Reader
    Houston 1 Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    San Jose 2 San Jose Center Line Soccer
    Columbus 2 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    Toronto 0 TFC Connected
    Kansas City 0 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    RBNY 1 Red Bulls Reader
    Chivas USA 0 Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Real Salt Lake 0 RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    Los Angeles 4 LA – Official Blog
    Houston 1 Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Chicago 2 Chicago Fire Confidential
    Philadelphia 1 Philadelphia Union Talk
     
    FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Colorado 1 Undercurrent
    Columbus 0 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    Seattle 3 Seattle Times
    New England 0 Revolution Soccer
       GP  W  D  L  GF  GA  GFA  GAA  PPG  PTS  GD
     Los Angeles  12   10   2   0   22   3   1.83   0.25   2.67   32   19 
     Columbus  11   6   3   2   16   11   1.45   1.00   1.91   21   5 
     NY Red Bull  12   7   0   5   14   16   1.17   1.33   1.75   21   -2 
     Real Salt Lake  11   6   2   3   21   11   1.91   1.00   1.82   20   10 
     Colorado  10   6   1   3   11   7   1.10   0.70   1.90   19   4 
     San Jose  11   5   2   4   15   14   1.36   1.27   1.55   17   1 
     Toronto FC  11   5   2   4   15   14   1.36   1.27   1.55   17   1 
     Houston  13   5   1   7   18   19   1.38   1.46   1.23   16   -1 
     Dallas  11   3   6   2   13   11   1.18   1.00   1.36   15   2 
     Seattle  12   4   3   5   12   14   1.00   1.17   1.25   15   -2 
     Chicago  10   3   4   3   14   14   1.40   1.40   1.30   13   0 
     New England  12   3   2   7   13   20   1.08   1.67   0.92   11   -7 
     Chivas USA  12   3   1   8   13   18   1.08   1.50   0.83   10   -5 
     Kansas City  10   2   3   5   9   13   0.90   1.30   0.90   9   -4 
     Philadelphia  9   2   1   6   11   19   1.22   2.11   0.78   7   -8 
     DC United  11   2   1   8   7   20   0.64   1.82   0.64   7   -13 

    Streaking

    • TFC has not lost at home in 11 straight.
    • TFC ended its 13 game road winless streak.
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 15 regular season home games.
    • Los Angeles have yet to yield a goal on the road(6 games).
    • Los Angeles are unbeaten in 15 regular season games(3 from ’09).
    • Kansas City is winless in 8.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 17 draws compared to 34 in ’09 thru the first 89 matches.
    • There have been 56 clean sheets in the first 89 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2
    • Through 89 games: goal scoring is slightly down from 2009, 2.52 vs 2.60.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 34 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.

    Going to World Cup

    These are the MLS players that are heading to the World Cup. The last column represents the games that will be played by their MLS teams from now thru their minimum absences. As of Friday May 28(15 days before the start of the tournament), each of the clubs receives $1600 per day per player from FIFA until one day after the last game played by their respective teams at the World Cup.

    On Provisional WC Rosters
     Players  Team 6/25
     Buddle, Donovan  LA 2
     Bornstein  CHV 2
     Findley  RSL 2
     Espinoza  KC 2
     Boyens  RBNY 2
    Final Roster
    6/25 – End of WC Group Phase

    Getting Friendly

    This Week’s Friendlies
    Opponents Venue Date Friendlies Att
     AC Milan v Montreal Impact  Olympic Stadium, Montreal Que Wed, June 2  Club  47,800 

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    The MLS play-in matches for the Open are complete. RBNY and DC United will join the top 6 league finishers in 2009 in the tourney proper. 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.
    • New York Red Bulls downed Philadelphia 2-1.
    • DC United beat FC Dallas 4-2, the 2nd year in a row that DCU eliminates FCD.
    • New York Red Bulls downed New England 3-0.
    • New York Red Bulls beat Colorado 3-0 to claim one of the two play in spots.
    • DC United defeated RSL 2-1 to grab the other spot.

    The structure for the tourney has been finalized. Round 1 begins June 15, Round 2 June 22, Round 3(when the 8 MLS teams join in) June 29.

    In case you were wondering, here is the World Cup schedule(June 11-July 11). Note that the latest start time(ET) is 2pm.


  • 0 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11

    1. eplnfl says:

      The Chicago #’s for a league game attendance while good are still not great. A case of “friendly fatigue” may be the cause with 3 high profile friendlies having just recently been played at Toyota Park.

      Overall, the league is on the plus side and MLB, NHL, and the NBA can not say that. MLS may have been the first to be effected by the economy last year but may be coming out of it sooner than the other sports leagues. Being the best value in sports also helps.

      The expected World Cup bump is still ahead for the league and with a new signings expected next month the numbers could really jump. Good things ahead as I see it.

    2. Charles says:

      This is rediculous…what has this league turned into ?
      MLS isn’t supposed to be the EPL and LaLiga of the US.
      LA has a goal differential of 19 with 10 wins and 2 draws !?!?

      Attendance wise nice to see every team in the black except NE and San Jose
      ( I disregarded Chivas’ missing 200 fans )
      I would caution against being to optimistic…Virtually all the increase of 1,400 fans/game are due to the Sounders playing more games than the rest of the league and having too small a stadium last year.

      You dropped the rookie watch ? The rookies and 2nd year players are tearing up the league ! Did you see Zakuani’s shot ?

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