Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 13
The Week 13 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 13||101 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 101 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||10,966||43.54%||16,282||48.48%||7||64.64%||25,189|
|Real Salt Lake||15,840||74.65%||15,874||0.21%||7||82.08%||19,340|
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.
RSL opened the ‘second season’ with a turnout of over 16,000. Maybe it was because everyone was drained from the USA/Ghana game, but the Saturday games drew mediocre crowds. 15,300+ in Columbus, a non sellout in Toronto, 13,700+ in Houston, 14,100+ for Chivas USA. KC however had a sellout in the bandbox that is Community America Ballpark. As expected PPL Park in Chester, PA opened with a sellout+. The weekend ended with the Revs pulling in just over 12,300.
Rookie Watch: Ike Opara and Steve Beitashour both had pretty decent games vs RSL. Danny Mwanga(PHL) capped a good game with a goal. Glad to see Nowak’s experiment of playing him in the midfield is over. Sorry, but can’t speak to other rookie performances. Was just too wiped out to watch MLS matches on Saturday.
|Week 13 Games|
|Real Salt Lake||0||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|San Jose||0||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|Columbus||2||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|DC United||0||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|Los Angeles||0||LA – Official Blog|
|Kansas City||0||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|RBNY||3||Red Bulls Reader|
|Houston||2||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Chivas USA||1||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|FC Dallas||2||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|Philadelphia||3||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|New England||0||Revolution Soccer|
|Chicago||1||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Real Salt Lake||13||7||3||3||22||11||1.69||0.85||1.85||24||11|
|NY Red Bull||13||8||0||5||17||16||1.31||1.23||1.85||24||1|
- TFC has not lost at home in 12 straight.
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 8 regular season games.
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 17 regular season home games.
- Chivas USA has lost 6 straight.
- Colorado are unbeaten in their last 5 games.
- Dallas are unbeaten in their last 5 road games.
- Toronto are unbeaten in their last 13 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
MLS Throw Ins
- There have been 21 draws compared to 36 in ’09 thru the first 101 matches.
- There have been 65 clean sheets in the first 101 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
- Through 101 games: goal scoring is down around 6% from 2009, 2.50 vs 2.66.
- RSL has lost only twice in its last 36 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
At the World Cup
These are the MLS players that were at the World Cup. As of Friday May 28(15 days before the start of the tournament), each of the clubs received $1600 per day per player from FIFA until one day after the last game played by their respective teams at the World Cup.
|On WC Rosters|
|Colo Colo v FC Edmonton||Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton Alb||Sun, June 20||Friendly||5,500|
|El Salvador v DCU||RFK Stadium, Washington, DC||Sat, June 19||Friendly||10,240|
|Puntarenas v RSL||Rio Tinto Park, Sandy, UT||Sat, June 19||Friendly||9,420|
|CD Aguila v HOU||Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Sat, June 19||Friendly||11,843|
|Cruzeiro v RBNY||Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ||Fri, June 18||Friendly||7,680|
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.
3rd round schedule (All Times ET) June 29
- 7 pm New York Red Bulls (MLS) v Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, PA.
- 7:30pm Rochester Rhinos (USSF D-2) v Columbus Crew (MLS) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, OH
- 8:30pm Charleston Battery (USL-2) v Chicago Fire (MLS) Toyota Park; Bridgeview, IL
- 8:30pm Miami FC (USSF D-2) v Houston Dynamo (MLS) Carl Lewis Track Stadium; Houston, TX
- 10:30pm AC St. Louis (USSF D-2) v Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) The Home Depot Center; Carson, CA
- 10:30pm Austin Aztex (USSF D-2) v Chivas USA (MLS) California State-Fullerton; Fullerton, CA
- 7:30pm Richmond Kickers (USL-2) v D.C. United (MLS) George Mason Stadium; Fairfax, VA
- 10:30pm Seattle Sounders (MLS) v Portland Timbers (USSF D-2) PGE Park; Portland, OR
In case you were wondering, here is the World Cup schedule(June 11-July 11). Note that the latest start time(ET) is 2pm.