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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.


  • 5 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14

    1. OleGunnar20 says:

      just a bit of an fyi. your average for TFC is off by a bit. you have 20,249 but the actual average over 7 games is 20,410. according to the TFC website and official game recaps the 7 home attendances to date were: 21,978; 18,394; 20,060; 20,672; 21,583; 18,809; 21,374 for a total attendance to date of 142,870 and an average of 20,410.

    2. Peter C says:

      Ole:

      Thank you, you are correct. Found the error in my formula. Had the 20,410 in 3 other places in my spreadsheet, but the wrong number where it is picked up for the web posting. Thanks again.

      Peter

      • OleGunnar20 says:

        pshaw. don’t mention it. plus i have to check my numbers about 4 times to make sure i don’t have typos or transposed numbers so i completely understand that sort of thing happens. that is why having a bunch of people keeping track of things to keep each other cross checked is a good thing.

    3. Sam says:

      Wow. I hope the spike in attendance is due to the World Cup and not just the holiday weekend. Really nice to see that; should end the season nicely.

    4. Charles says:

      Not mentioned is who Seattle beat to get to the final the future MLS Portland Timbers.
      They drew 16k for the mid week game. (The loudest away game the Sounder’s will have for sure)
      There were Sounder’s fans there, but they will draw better than average next year. I would be surprised if they are not in the top 5 in attendance next year. With Vancouver being one of the teams too.

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