Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19
The Week 19 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 19||145 GP||YTD|
The 2006 number is not an error. There was one match, Chivas USA v Revs which was paired with a Barcelona v Chivas de Guadalajara match.
|YTD – 145 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|Real Salt Lake||16,137||78.12%||16,740||3.74%||10||86.56%||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 Philadelphia who cracked 18,000 for their Thursday match v the Crew. Toronto packed the house as usual. And also as usual, a less than stellar crowd of 12,200+ came out to Gillette for the Revs match. The Wizards sold out for the 2nd consecutive match following their win over Manchester United. The Rapids had another ‘bland’ showing of 12,701. It was a 2009-like turnout at PHP(not like they’ve been setting the world on fire in ’10) as the 5pm kickoff, the hottest time of day on a very hot day kept people at home, 8732. What will 5 DP’s do for you? Well in Chicago it means you fill the park to over capacity, with more than 21,800 on hand for RBNY’s visit. Seattle packed the house as usual with over 36,000 at Quest Field.
Rookie Watch: Watched a few games and the only rooks I care to mention this week are Chicago’s Sean Johnson and RBNY’s Tim Ream and Tony Tchani.
Kei Kamara and Ryan Smith, 2 of the players on my preseason ‘watch list’(bottom of post) combined to score for KC v RSL.
|Week 19 Games|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|Columbus||2||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|Chivas USA||1||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|New England||1||Revolution Soccer|
|DC United||0||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|Kansas City||1||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Real Salt Lake||1||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|San Jose||0||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|FC Dallas||3||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|Chicago||0||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|RBNY||0||Red Bulls Reader|
|Houston||0||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Real Salt Lake||19||10||5||4||33||15||1.74||0.79||1.84||35||18|
|NY Red Bull||18||8||4||6||20||21||1.11||1.17||1.56||28||-1|
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 20 regular season home games.
- Houston are winless in their last 9 games.
- Dallas are unbeaten in their last 9 games.
- Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 8 road games.
- Colorado are unbeaten in their last 6 home games.
- Toronto are unbeaten in their last 17 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
MLS Throw Ins
- There have been 37 draws compared to 48 in ’09 thru the first 145 matches.
- There have been 88 clean sheets in the first 145 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
- Through 145 games: goal scoring is down around 7.6% from 2009, 2.42 vs 2.62.
- RSL has lost only twice in its last 39 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
The participants in the 2010 N.A. SuperLiga and their respective finishes in the last completed season are …
|N.A. SuperLiga Semifinals|
|New England(1)(5) v Puebla(1)(3)||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Wed, Aug 4|
|Houston(0) v Morelia(1)||Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Thu, Aug 5|
|SuperLiga after Semifinals|
|3 Doubleheaders in 2009 – 2 in 2010|
New England will attempt to win its 2nd SuperLiga title on Sept 1 at Gillette Stadium.
Four MLS clubs will play in the group phase of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. RSL and Columbus earned automatic berths as the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield winners. Toronto FC won the Canadien Nutrilite Championship and then won their preliminary contest vs Motagua of Honduras. Seattle also won their preliminary vs Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, while the Galaxy were unable to overcome their thrashing at home by giant killers Puerto Rico, representing the Caribbean Football Union. The group phase begins play on Aug 17.
Here are the attendance figures for the 16 preliminary matches.
|San Juan Jabloteh(T&T)||763|
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.
DC United(MLS) defeated Harrisburg(USL-2) in the last 4th round match. Harrisburg earned $10,000 for being the USL-2 club that advanced the furthest. Their outright win over RBNY was the tiebreaker over Charleston that required PK’s to down Chicago.
In the semifinals, Columbus will play DC United on Sept 1, 7:30 p.m. ET @ RFK Stadium, Wash, DC and Seattle will play ChivasUSA on Sept 1, 10 p.m. ET @ Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA.
You can decide if fixture congestion has had an effect so far. Of the clubs that participated in multiple non-league competitions, only Seattle and Toronto have not been bounced out yet. LA crashed out of the CCL and US Open Cup. Chicago and Houston lost in the N.A. SuperLiga and the US Open Cup. Chivas USA lost in SuperLiga but are in the US Open Cup semifinals. New England lost in the US Open Cup but are in the N.A. SuperLiga final. Columbus and RSL have the automatic berths in the group phase of the CCL, but RSL lost in the US Open Cup while Columbus are in the semifinals. It’s a matter of discussion as to whether Seattle had tougher go than Toronto vis-a-vis the Canadien Nutrilite Championship vs the US Open Cup being injected into their schedules.
|Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams|
|CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – SL=N.A. SuperLiga – USOC=US Open Cup|
|Summer of Soccer Attendances|
|Real Madrid v LA||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA||Sat, August 07||Friendly||89,134|
|AC Milan v Panathanaikos||Silverdome, Pontiac MI||Fri, August 06||Friendly||30,514|
|Real Madrid v Club America||Candlestick Park, SF, CA||Thu, August 05||Friendly||47,338|
|Inter v FC Dallas||Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX||Thu, August 05||Friendly||19,435|
|Inter v Panathanaikos||Rogers Centre, Toronto, CA||Tue, August 03||Friendly||17,169|