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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14

Posted on by Peter C

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 14

The Week 14 numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  Week 14 109 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2006   10,494     7   14,917     14,602     88 
 2007   15,376   46.52%   12   14,905   -0.08%   15,174   3.91%   97 
 2008   17,581   14.35%   7   16,407   10.08%   17,306   14.05%   100 
 2009   16,192   -7.90%   6   14,977   -8.72%   15,318   -11.48%   106 
 2010   17,579   8.56%   8   16,443   9.78%   16,443   7.34%   109 
YTD – 109 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006    14,917     13,111    22.02%   17.43% 
 2007    14,905     14,173    11.93%   20.18% 
 2008    16,407     15,276    11.93%   25.69% 
 2009    14,977     14,271    15.60%   16.51% 
 2010    16,443     14,322    10.09%   22.02% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2009 2010  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  29,364   90.63%   36,146   23.10%   8   101.82%   35,500 
 Philadelphia NA NA  26,221  NA  3   83.24%   18,500 
 LA Galaxy  19,298   71.47%   20,687   7.20%   7   76.62%   27,000 
 Toronto  20,151   91.69%   20,410   1.29%   7   92.87%   21,978 
 Houston  15,689   69.73%   16,318   4.01%   8   72.52%   22,500 
 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 
 D.C. United  14,303   63.57%   14,734   3.01%   7   65.49%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  15,625   57.87%   14,451   -7.52%   7   53.52%   27,000 
 Columbus Crew  12,868   64.34%   14,368   11.65%   7   71.84%   20,000 
 Chicago  11,726   58.63%   14,267   21.66%   6   71.33%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  11,940   66.02%   13,716   14.88%   6   75.84%   18,086 
 FC Dallas  8,770   41.38%   11,240   28.17%   7   53.04%   21,193 
 NE Revolution  13,242   58.85%   10,603   -19.93%   7   47.12%   22,500 
 KC Wizards  9,703   93.44%   9,966   2.70%   7   95.96%   10,385 
 San Jose  11,774   56.32%   9,515   -19.19%   7   92.38%   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

    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
     
    Toronto 1 TFC Connected
    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
     
    Colorado 1 Undercurrent
    RBNY 1 Red Bulls Reader
     
    Los Angeles 3 LA – Official Blog
    Seattle 1 Seattle Times
       GP  W  D  L  GF  GA  GFA  GAA  PPG  PTS  GD
     Los Angeles  15   11   3   1   25   5   1.67   0.33   2.40   36   20 
     Real Salt Lake  14   8   3   3   27   11   1.93   0.79   1.93   27   16 
     Columbus  13   8   3   2   20   12   1.54   0.92   2.08   27   8 
     NY Red Bull  14   8   1   5   18   17   1.29   1.21   1.79   25   1 
     Colorado  13   6   4   3   16   12   1.23   0.92   1.69   22   4 
     Dallas  13   5   6   2   16   12   1.23   0.92   1.62   21   4 
     Toronto FC  13   5   4   4   16   15   1.23   1.15   1.46   19   1 
     San Jose  13   5   4   4   16   15   1.23   1.15   1.46   19   1 
     Houston  15   5   3   7   21   22   1.40   1.47   1.20   18   -1 
     Chicago  13   4   5   4   18   18   1.38   1.38   1.31   17   0 
     Seattle  15   4   3   8   16   23   1.07   1.53   1.00   15   -7 
     Kansas City  13   3   3   7   11   17   0.85   1.31   0.92   12   -6 
     Chivas USA  14   3   2   9   15   21   1.07   1.50   0.79   11   -6 
     Philadelphia  12   3   2   7   15   23   1.25   1.92   0.92   11   -8 
     New England  14   3   2   9   13   26   0.93   1.86   0.79   11   -13 
     DC United  14   3   2   9   11   25   0.79   1.79   0.79   11   -14 

    Streaking

    • 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.

    Congestion Time

    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.

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    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)
    July 6

    • 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

    July 7

    • 10:00pm Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

    July 21

    • 7:30pm Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex – Boyds, MD

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure

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