The Week 15 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 15||117 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 117 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|Real Salt Lake||16,045||76.46%||16,277||1.45%||8||84.16%||19,340|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||11,385||45.20%||16,277||42.97%||8||64.62%||25,189|
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.
The week began in Chicago on Thursday with a good crowd of over 17,800. Toronto had over 21,800 as their home winning ways continued. Philadelphia did not sell out for its 2nd match at PPL Park. Neither did the Red Bulls with over 16,200. Perhaps the arrival of Thierry Henry will put more butts in the seats in Harrison. New England pulled in its largest crowd by far, over 20,000, and rewarded their fans with an unexpected win over the Galaxy. Houston had an ordinary gate of just under 13,500, while KC nearly sold out. Seattle closed out the weekend with its usual full house.
With almost half the season over, 5 of last year’s 8 playoff teams are not in playoff position.
RSL has played 4 weekday(M-F) home games, 2 more than any other team. They played 6 home weekday matches in ’09 and 5 in ’08.
Rookie Watch: Didn’t watch enough of the MLS matches to make a judgement this week, but your observations are welcome in the comment section.
|Week 15 Games|
|Real Salt Lake||1||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|Chicago||0||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|San Jose||2||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|RBNY||0||Red Bulls Reader|
|DC United||0||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|New England||2||Revolution Soccer|
|Los Angeles||0||LA – Official Blog|
|Columbus||0||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|Houston||0||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Kansas City||0||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Chivas USA||2||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|FC Dallas||1||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|Real Salt Lake||15||9||3||3||28||11||1.87||0.73||2.00||30||17|
|NY Red Bull||15||8||2||5||18||17||1.20||1.13||1.73||26||1|
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 10 regular season games.
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 18 regular season home games.
- Dallas are unbeaten in their last 6 road games.
- Toronto are unbeaten in their last 15 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
- There have been 25 draws compared to 39 in ’09 thru the first 117 matches.
- There have been 75 clean sheets in the first 117 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.
|Chicago v Monarchas Morelia||Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL||Wed, Jul 14|
|New England v Pumas UNAM||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Wed, Jul 14|
|Houston v Pachuca||Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Thu, Jul 15|
|ChivasUSA v Puebla||Home Depot Center, LA, CA||Thu, Jul 15|
| Chicago v New England
Morelia v Pumas
|Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL||Sat, Jul 17|
| Houston v Chivas USA
Pachuca v Puebla
|Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Sun, Jul 18|
|Chicago v Pumas||Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL||Tue, Jul 20|
|New England v Morelia||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Tue, Jul 20|
|Houston v Puebla||Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Wed, July 21|
|ChivasUSA v Pachuca||Home Depot Center, LA, CA||Wed, July 21|
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.
In 4th round action, Columbus(MLS) defeated Charleston(USL-2), ChivasUSA(MLS) defeated Houston(MLS) and Seattle(MLS) defeated Los Angeles(MLS).
The winner will compete in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.
The last 4th round match (ET)
- 7:30pm Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex – Boyds, MD
In the semifinals, Columbus will play the winner of the DC United/Harrisburg match and Seattle will play ChivasUSA on Sept 1, 10 p.m. ET @ Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA.
|Atlas v Portland||PGE Park, Portland OR||Sun, July 11||Friendly||7,113|
|Cruz Azul v Club America||Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA||Sat, July 10||Friendly||22,395|