Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14
The Week 14 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 14||109 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 109 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||16,045||76.46%||16,277||1.45%||8||84.16%||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.
Toronto started off the week with a near full house on a Thursday evening. RSL followed that up with a terrific 19,000+ on Friday. Columbus drew 14,000+. Don’t know if Dallas had extracurriculars, but they pulled in just under 16,000! San Jose had a sellout, while Chivas USA had another so-so gate, just under 14,500. On July 4th, Colorado sold out despite nasty weather. And the Galaxy also sold out as Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle returned to action.
Rookie Watch: Ike Opara scored for San Jose. Blair Gavin scored for Chivas USA and Danny Mwanga tallied for the Union. Andy Najar netted for DC United. Tim Ream(RBNY) had a decent game.
|Week 14 Games|
|Houston||1||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Real Salt Lake||5||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|New England||0||Revolution Soccer|
|Columbus||2||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|Chicago||1||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|FC Dallas||1||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|Kansas City||0||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|San Jose||1||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|DC United||1||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|Chivas USA||1||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|RBNY||1||Red Bulls Reader|
|Los Angeles||3||LA – Official Blog|
|Real Salt Lake||14||8||3||3||27||11||1.93||0.79||1.93||27||16|
|NY Red Bull||14||8||1||5||18||17||1.29||1.21||1.79||25||1|
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 9 regular season games.
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 18 regular season home games.
- Chivas USA are winless in 7 but they did break their 6 game losing streak.
- Colorado are unbeaten in their last 6 games.
- Dallas are unbeaten in their last 5 road games.
- Toronto are unbeaten in their last 14 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
- Kansas City are winless in their last 8 road games(2 in ’09).
- Los Angeles are unbeaten in their last 10 regular season home games(3 in ’09).
MLS Throw Ins
- Half of this week’s games ended 1-1.
- There have been 25 draws compared to 39 in ’09 thru the first 109 matches.
- There have been 67 clean sheets in the first 109 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
- Through 109 games: goal scoring is down around 6% from 2009, 2.51 vs 2.63.
- RSL has lost only twice in its last 37 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
The time stretches below start and end with a full week(minimum) between games at the front and back end.
- In a 29 day stretch, Houston and ChivasUSA will play 9 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.
- In a 24 day stretch, Chicago will play 7 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.
- In a 24 day stretch, New England will play 6 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.
6 of the 8 MLS clubs, including defending cup holders Seattle are through to the 4th round. The winner will compete in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.
4th round schedule (All Times ET)
- 7:30pm Charleston Battery (USL-2) at Columbus Crew (MLS) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
- 8:30pm Chivas USA (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS) Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas
- 10:00pm Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
- 7:30pm Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex – Boyds, MD
In case you were wondering, here is the World Cup schedule(June 11-July 11). Note that the latest start time(ET) is 2pm.