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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 16

Posted on by Peter C

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 16

The Week 16 numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  Week 16 124 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2006   13,158     6   15,716     14,632     106 
 2007   12,473   -5.21%   4   15,377   -2.15%   15,043   2.81%   107 
 2008   14,475   16.05%   5   16,518   7.42%   17,245   14.63%   111 
 2009   16,142   11.51%   6   15,435   -6.56%   15,562   -9.76%   118 
 2010   13,958   -13.53%   7   16,481   6.78%   16,481   5.91%   124 
YTD – 124 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006    15,716     13,036    22.58%   18.55% 
 2007    15,377     14,179    10.48%   22.58% 
 2008    16,518     15,274    11.29%   25.81% 
 2009    15,435     14,479    15.32%   18.55% 
 2010    16,481     14,355    8.87%   21.77% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2009 2010  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  29,715   91.71%   36,140   21.62%   9   101.80%   35,500 
 Philadelphia NA NA  22,614  NA  5   85.99%   18,500 
 LA Galaxy  19,298   71.47%   20,687   7.20%   7   76.62%   27,000 
 Toronto  20,198   91.90%   20,588   1.93%   8   93.68%   21,978 
 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 
 Houston  15,632   69.48%   16,003   2.37%   9   71.12%   22,500 
 D.C. United  15,193   67.53%   14,949   -1.61%   9   66.44%   22,500 
 Chicago  12,640   63.20%   14,778   16.91%   7   73.89%   20,000 
 ChivasUSA  15,625   57.87%   14,451   -7.52%   7   53.52%   27,000 
 Columbus Crew  13,041   65.20%   14,028   7.57%   9   70.14%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,045   72.13%   13,589   4.17%   7   75.14%   18,086 
 NE Revolution  13,088   58.17%   11,797   -9.87%   8   52.43%   22,500 
 FC Dallas  8,679   40.95%   11,231   29.41%   8   52.99%   21,193 
 KC Wizards  9,789   94.26%   10,006   2.22%   8   96.35%   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’s 4th match in 2009 was at Oakland Alameda Coliseum and drew over 15,800.

    Observations

    The week began in Columbus on Wednesday with a crowd of just over 11,300. On Thursday, DC United had a middling turnout of 13,700+. On the weekend, Columbus did 3,000 better than their midweek match. Colorado and Dallas had underwhelming crowds in big heat. Philadelphia had a good showing of 17,200+ but I was expecting sellouts for at least the first several home matches at PPL Park. DC United closed out the week with a good showing of over 17,600.

    RSL has played 4 weekday(M-F) home games, more than any other team. Interestingly, their 4 weekday matches are averaging 16,944 while their 4 weekend matches are drawing 15,610. They played 6 home weekday matches in ’09 and 5 in ’08.

    Rookie Watch: Teal Bunbury scored his first MLS goal for the Wizards. Andy Najar continues to look bright for DC United while Jordan Graye was exposed on defense a few times. Zach Schilawski scored for the Revs in the N.A. SuperLiga.


    Week 16 Games
     
    Columbus 0 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Kansas City 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Seattle 1 Seattle Times
     
    Colorado 1 Undercurrent
    Kansas City 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Philadelphia 2 Philadelphia Union Talk
    Toronto 1 TFC Connected
     
    Columbus 2 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader
     
    FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    Real Salt Lake 0 RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    DC United 1 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog
       GP  W  D  L  GF  GA  GFA  GAA  PPG  PTS  GD
     Los Angeles  17   12   3   2   27   8   1.59   0.47   2.29   39   19 
     Columbus  16   9   4   3   22   13   1.38   0.81   1.94   31   9 
     Real Salt Lake  16   9   3   4   28   13   1.75   0.81   1.88   30   15 
     NY Red Bull  16   8   2   6   18   19   1.13   1.19   1.63   26   -1 
     Dallas  15   6   7   2   19   13   1.27   0.87   1.67   25   6 
     Colorado  15   6   5   4   17   14   1.13   0.93   1.53   23   3 
     San Jose  14   6   4   4   18   16   1.29   1.14   1.57   22   2 
     Toronto FC  15   6   4   5   18   17   1.20   1.13   1.47   22   1 
     Houston  16   5   4   7   21   22   1.31   1.38   1.19   19   -1 
     Seattle  17   5   4   8   18   24   1.06   1.41   1.12   19   -6 
     Chicago  14   4   5   5   18   19   1.29   1.36   1.21   17   -1 
     Kansas City  16   4   4   8   13   20   0.81   1.25   1.00   16   -7 
     Chivas USA  15   4   2   9   17   21   1.13   1.40   0.93   14   -4 
     Philadelphia  14   4   2   8   18   26   1.29   1.86   1.00   14   -8 
     New England  15   4   2   9   15   26   1.00   1.73   0.93   14   -11 
     DC United  17   3   3   11   12   28   0.71   1.65   0.71   12   -16 

    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 18 regular season home games.
    • Houston are winless in their last 6 games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 6 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 6 road games.
    • Toronto are unbeaten in their last 15 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
    • Los Angeles are unbeaten in their last 10 regular season home games(3 in ’09).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 29 draws compared to 43 in ’09 thru the first 124 matches.
    • There have been 79 clean sheets in the first 124 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 124 games: goal scoring is down around 5% from 2009, 2.41 vs 2.54.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 37 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.

    N.A. SuperLiga

    The participants in the 2010 N.A. SuperLiga and their respective finishes in the last completed season are …

    MLS FMF
     Houston  3   UNAM Pumas  4 
     Chicago  5   Monarchas Morelia  7 
     Chivas USA  6   Pachuca  8 
     New England  7   Puebla  13 
    N.A. SuperLiga
     Chicago(1) v Monarchas Morelia(5)  Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL  Wed, Jul 14
     New England(1) v Pumas UNAM(0)  Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA  Wed, Jul 14
     Houston(2) v Pachuca(1)  Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX  Thu, Jul 15
     ChivasUSA(1) v Puebla(2)  Home Depot Center, LA, CA  Thu, Jul 15
     Chicago(0) v New England(1)
     Morelia(2) v Pumas(2)
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL  Sat, Jul 17
     Houston(1) v Chivas USA(1)
     Pachuca(1) v Puebla(3)
     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
    N.A. SuperLiga
    Group A
      W D L Pts GD
     New England  2   0   0   6   2 
     Monarchas Morelia  1   1   0   4   4 
     UNAM Pumas  0   1   1   1   -1 
     Chicago  0   0   2   0   -5 
    Group B
      W D L Pts GD
     Puebla  2   0   0   6   3 
     Houston  1   1   0   4   1 
     Chivas USA  0   1   1   1   -1 
     Pachuca  0   0   2   0   -4 

    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

    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)
    July 21

    • 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.

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure


    Summer of Soccer Attendances
    Opponents Venue Date Event Att
             
     Houston v Chivas USA/Pachuca v Puebla  Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Sun, July 18  SuperLiga  5,007 
     Celtic v Seattle  Qwest Field, Seattle, WA Sun, July 18  Friendly  45,631 
     Club America v San Luis  Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX Sat, July 17  Friendly  27,061 
     Bolton v Charleston  Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC Sat, July 17  Friendly  5,249 
     Manchester City v Portland Timbers  Merlo Field, Portland, OR(cap 4892) Sat, July 17  Friendly  5,018 
     Tottenham v SJ  Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose, CA Sat, July 17  Friendly  10,712 
     Chicago v NE/Morelia v Pumas  Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Sat, July 17  SuperLiga  16,117 
     Man U v Celtic  Rogers Centre, Toronto, CA Fri, July 16  Friendly  39,139 
     Houston v Pachuca  Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Thu, July 15  SuperLiga  10,400 
     ChivasUSA v Puebla  Home Depot Center, LA, CA Thu, July 15  SuperLiga  12,617 
     Chicago v Monarchas Morelia  Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Wed, July 14  SuperLiga  11,009 
     NE v Pumas UNAM  Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Wed, July 14  SuperLiga  7,201 
     Bolton v Charlotte  Transamerica Field, Charlotte, NC Wed, July 14  Friendly  2,383 
     Portsmouth v Club America  Qualcom Stadium, San Diego CA Wed, July 14  Friendly  9,800 
     Celtic v Philadelphia  PPL Park, Chester, PA Wed, July 14  Friendly  ??? 
             
           total  207,344 
           average  13,822