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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 28

The Week 28 numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  Week 28 Thru Week 28  YTD
   Avg  +/-  GP  Avg  +/-  GP
 2006   19,097     6   15,348     186 
 2007   19,419   1.68%   6   16,636   8.39%   187 
 2008   16,219   -16.48%   7   16,396   -1.44%   188 
 2009   13,381   -17.50%   8   15,656   -4.51%   198 
 2010   15,013   12.20%   8   16,513   5.47%   222 
Thru Week 28
   Average  Median  %<10K  %>20k
 2006   15,348   13,866   19.35%   18.82% 
 2007   16,636   15,059   8.56%   28.34% 
 2008   16,396   15,037   11.17%   25.00% 
 2009   15,656   14,479   16.16%   18.69% 
 2010   16,513   15,050   7.66%   22.07% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2009 2010  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  30,739   94.87%   36,160   17.64%   14   101.86%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  19,812   73.38%   20,735   4.66%   13   76.80%   27,000 
 Toronto  20,324   92.47%   20,622   1.47%   14   93.83%   21,978 
 Philadelphia NA NA  19,301  NA  14   90.67%   18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  11,861   47.09%   18,625   57.03%   14   73.94%   25,189 
 Real Salt Lake  16,211   79.94%   16,870   4.07%   14   87.23%   19,340 
 Houston  16,160   71.82%   16,833   4.16%   14   74.81%   22,500 
 Chicago  14,300   71.50%   15,841   10.77%   13   79.20%   20,000 
 ChivasUSA  15,132   56.05%   14,557   -3.80%   14   53.92%   27,000 
 Columbus Crew  14,279   71.39%   14,330   0.36%   14   71.65%   20,000 
 D.C. United  16,075   71.44%   14,279   -11.17%   14   63.46%   22,500 
 Colorado Rapids  12,031   66.52%   13,014   8.18%   14   71.96%   18,086 
 NE Revolution  13,422   59.65%   12,607   -6.07%   14   56.03%   22,500 
 FC Dallas  12,441   58.70%   10,815   -13.07%   15   51.03%   21,193 
 KC Wizards  10,030   96.58%   10,199   1.69%   14   98.21%   10,385 
 San Jose  14,782   92.33%   9,589   -35.13%   13   93.10%   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. Their 7th match was also at OAC and they drew over 17,100. Their 11th was part of a doubleheader with Barcelona and drew over 61,500.
  • FC Dallas’ 14th home match in 2009 was part of a doubleheader(Mexico v Colombia), played at the Cotton Bowl, drawing over 51,000.

    Observations

    Philadelphia drew its biggest crowd of the year at PPL for the Gals visit. The Fire pulled in 15,100+ for a Friday night tilt. A good, but still disappointing 20,800+ in Harrison for a visit by RSL. In Dallas, well, it’s Dallas. Just over 10,100 saw FCD break the single season record for games without a loss. Mmmm, I know the 5th largest city in the country, with no pro soccer team at any level, would welcome a struggling team. A pretty good crowd in DC, considering the season they’re having, 14,800+. Kansas City drew standing room only, 11,500+. Chivas USA had 12,400+ for its meaningless match vs TFC. A terrific count of nearly 16,500 for a Sunday evening match in Houston, showing what a good soccer town it is.

    Rookie Watch: No rookie scorers this week. Of the games I watched, only Tim Ream’s performance for RBNY stood out in my mind. Michael Stephens started out strong for LA but seemed to fade as the match vs Philadelphia wore on. Feel free to express your rookie observations in the comment section.


    Week 28 Games
     
    Philadelphia 0 Philadelphia Union Talk 18,779
    Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog
     
    Chicago 2 Chicago Fire Confidential 15,124
    Columbus 0 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader 20,829
    Real Salt Lake 0 RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 10,119
    Colorado 2 Undercurrent
     
    DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider 14,822
    San Jose 2 San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Kansas City 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 11,522
    Seattle 2 Seattle Times
     
    Chivas USA 3 Chicago Fire Confidential 12,426
    Toronto 0 TFC Connected
     
    Houston 1 Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz 16,479
    New England 2 Revolution Soccer
       GP  W  D  L  GF  GA  GFA  GAA  PPG  PTS  GD
     Los Angeles  28   17   5   6   41   22   1.46   0.79   2.00   56   19 
     Real Salt Lake  28   14   10   4   41   18   1.46   0.64   1.86   52   23 
     Dallas  28   12   14   2   41   24   1.46   0.86   1.79   50   17 
     NY Red Bull  28   14   6   8   35   27   1.25   0.96   1.71   48   8 
     Columbus  28   13   7   8   35   31   1.25   1.11   1.64   46   4 
     Seattle  28   13   6   9   36   32   1.29   1.14   1.61   45   4 
     San Jose  27   12   7   8   30   28   1.11   1.04   1.59   43   2 
     Colorado  28   11   9   8   39   29   1.39   1.04   1.50   42   10 
     Kansas City  27   9   6   12   30   33   1.11   1.22   1.22   33   -3 
     Chicago  27   8   8   11   33   35   1.22   1.30   1.19   32   -2 
     Toronto FC  28   8   7   13   28   37   1.00   1.32   1.11   31   -9 
     New England  28   8   5   15   31   48   1.11   1.71   1.04   29   -17 
     Chivas USA  27   8   4   15   29   36   1.07   1.33   1.04   28   -7 
     Philadelphia  28   7   7   14   32   45   1.14   1.61   1.00   28   -13 
     Houston  28   7   6   15   37   48   1.32   1.71   0.96   27   -11 
     DC United  28   6   3   19   19   44   0.68   1.57   0.75   21   -25 

    Columbus and RBNY were officially eliminated from the Supporters’ Shield chase this week. At the other end of the playoff table, KC is the only team with a mathematical chance of crashing the party. All that needs to happen is for them to win their remaining three matches(@CHI, @NE, SJ) and the Rapids to lose their last two games(@LA, RSL).


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 24 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 19 games, a single season MLS record.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 11 road games, an MLS record.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 55 draws compared to 69 in ’09 thru the first 222 matches.
    • There have been 139 clean sheets in the first 222 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 222 games: goal scoring is down around 4.3% from 2009, 2.42 vs 2.53.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 44 home league matches.
    • Houston lost only one home game in ’08 and in ’09. They’ve lost 6 at home this year.
    • DC United have yielded 17 goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
    • DC United set a MLS record, being shut out 16 times in one season.
    • The Philadelphia Union are the best in not allowing late goals(as a percentage of total goals allowed). Interestingly, the are also the best at scoring late goals.

    CONCACAF Champions League

    RSL are thru to the quarterfinals. Columbus controls its own destiny and a win at Joe Public will send them thru. Toronto and Seattle are eliminated. Seattle or Columbus could assure its place in next year’s CCL with a win in the US Open Cup final this week.

    • Aug 17 — Toronto 2 Cruz Azul 1
    • Aug 18 — Columbus 1 Municipal 0
    • Aug 18 — Real Salt Lake 2 Arabe Unido 1
    • Aug 19 — Marathón 2 Seattle 1
    • Aug 24 – Arabe Unido 1 Toronto 0
    • Aug 24 – Santos Laguna 1 Columbus 0
    • Aug 25 – Cruz Azul 5 Real Salt Lake 4
    • Aug 25 – Seattle 0 Monterrey 2
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    • Aug 19 – Marathón v Seattle–>
    • Sep 14 — Columbus 3 Joe Public 0
    • Sep 14 — Saprissa 2 Seattle 0
    • Sep 15 — Real Salt Lake 4 Toronto 1
    • Sep 21 — Columbus 1 Santos Laguna 0
    • Sep 21 — Cruz Azul 0 Toronto 0
    • Sep 22 — Arabe Unido 2 Real Salt Lake 3
    • Sep 22 — Monterrey 3 Seattle 2
    • Sep 28 — Toronto 1 RSL 1
    • Sep 29 — Municipal 2 Columbus 1
    • Sep 29 — Seattle 2 Marathón 0
    • Oct 19 — Toronto v Arabe Unido
    • Oct 19 — RSL v Cruz Azul
    • Oct 19 — Seattle v Saprissa
    • Oct 21 — Joe Public v Columbus
    CONCACAF Champions League
     A w d l pts gd
     Cruz Azul(MEX)  3   1   1   10   8 
     RSL(USA)  3   1   1   10   5 
     Toronto(CAN)  1   2   2   5   -4 
     Arabe Unido(PAN)  1   0   4   3   -9 
               
     B          
     Santos Laguna(MEX)  3   1   1   10   7 
     Columbus(USA)  3   0   2   9   3 
     Municipal(GUA)  2   2   1   8   1 
     Joe Public(T&T)  0   1   4   1   -11 
               
     C          
     Monterrey(MEX)  4   1   0   13   6 
     Saprissa(CRC)  2   1   2   7   3 
     Marathon(HON)  2   0   3   6   -5 
     Seattle(USA)  1   0   4   3   -4 
               
     D          
     Olimpia(HON)  3   1   1   10   2 
     Puerto Rico(CFU)  2   2   1   8   1 
     Toluca(MEX)  2   1   2   7   5 
     FAS(SLV)  0   2   3   2   -8 
    CONCACAF Champions League Group Phase
     Group A Arabe Unido RSL Cruz Azul Toronto Home
     Arabe Unido(PAN) X 500 2,975 501 1,325
     RSL(USA) 10,626 X NP 11,579 11,103
     Cruz Azul(MEX) 5,015 6,156 X 5,280 5,484
     Toronto(CAN) NP 10,581 16,862 X 13,722
     Away 7,821 5,746 9,919 5,787
     Group B Columbus Municipal Santos Laguna Joe Public Home
     Columbus(USA) X 5,745 6,298 5,445 5,829
     Municipal(GUA) 3,534 X 10,414 2,498 5,482
     Santos Laguna(MEX) 4,700 NP X 7,000 5,850
     Joe Public(T&T) 900 500 NP X 700
     Away 3,045 3,123 8,356 4,981
     Group C Monterrey Saprissa Seattle Marathon Home
     Monterrey(MEX) X 12,042 19,697 9,628 13,789
     Saprissa(CRC) 1,635 X 3,000 2,899 2,511
     Seattle(USA) 22,513 NP X 11,768 17,141
     Marathon(HON) NP 1,820 1,990 X 1,905
     Away 12,074 6,931 8,229 8,098
     Group D Toluca Olimpia Puerto Rico FAS Home
     Toluca(MEX) X NA 5,165 NP 5,165
     Olimpia(HON) 4,654 X NP 9,200 6,927
     Puerto Rico(CFU) 4,122 2,632 X 2,050 2,935
     FAS(SLV) 3,500 1,000 3,500 X 2,667
     Away 4,092 1,816 4,333 5,625
      No Report on the Toluca/Olimpia match

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    Seattle defends the Cup, defeating Columbus and securing a berth in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure


    MLS Home/Away Attendance(reader request)

     2010 HOME GAMES ROAD GAMES
    GP  TOTAL   AVG  GP  TOTAL   AVG 
     Chicago Fire  13   205,930   15,841   14   238,229   17,016 
     Chivas USA  14   203,804   14,557   13   188,254   14,481 
     Colorado Rapids  14   182,200   13,014   14   226,049   16,146 
     Columbus Crew  14   200,622   14,330   14   213,477   15,248 
     D.C. United  14   199,907   14,279   14   256,494   18,321 
     FC Dallas  15   162,229   10,815   13   205,027   15,771 
     Houston Dynamo  14   235,655   16,833   14   210,887   15,063 
     Kansas City Wizards  14   142,788   10,199   13   225,391   17,338 
     Los Angeles Galaxy  13   269,559   20,735   15   277,839   18,523 
     New England Revolution  14   176,504   12,607   14   231,058   16,504 
     New York Red Bulls  14   260,750   18,625   14   254,851   18,204 
     Philadelphia Union  14   270,207   19,301   14   209,132   14,938 
     Real Salt Lake  14   236,182   16,870   14   244,681   17,477 
     San Jose Earthquakes  13   124,656   9,589   14   245,032   17,502 
     Seattle  14   506,244   36,160   14   225,870   16,134 
     Toronto FC  14   288,711   20,622   14   213,677   15,263 

  • 15 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28

    1. Charles says:

      DC United is the second biggest away draw ?!?! To be kind….they suck !

      MLS if Seattle catches NY and Columbus for the 4th spot overall in regular season, not out of the questions when you look at the schedule, you will have the top 4 teams in one bracket with the 5th-8th in the other.

      Are you kidding me ? Did NOONE consider this might happen when you set this up ?

      And MLS is going to try to hang on one more year to appease the single table regular season guys while actually having a playoffs…adding 4 games to the schedule….please stop.

      This is America…large country, many teams, divisions and playoffs. We are better of not knowing which division is better…but if you are going to hang on, just seed them 1v8, 2v7 etc.

      • Tom says:

        I don’t want to go a season without seeing Red Bull or LA in Colorado because we played KC and RSL (our nearest neighbors) 3 times. I like the balanced schedule, then seed 1-8.

        My hope is that Colorado finishes 7th and ends up hosting the Eastern Conference final to San Jose, while RSL finishes 2nd and goes away to LA in the Western Conference final. That’d be great.

        • Tom says:

          Oh, I forgot. Dallas suck. Who cares about ties?

          • Charles says:

            So you are for 20 teams and done ? Man as teams are turning profitable and new teams are starting that way….that leaves a LOT of money on the table and a lot of fans wanting top league soccer.

            I HATE ties and would not have them if I was in charge.
            But Dallas doesn’t lose ? How are they going to lose MLS Cup when…they don’t lose ?

            ps. I actually am not picking Dallas to win it all either. ;-)

            • Tom says:

              I’ll grant you that you can’t play eveyone twice if/when the league has more than 20 teams, but I don’t want to play some team three times before we play other teams twice.

              I don’t mind ties, but I’m not impressed by a team that gets lot of them. I agree Dallas will be tough in the play-offs.

            • Charles says:

              Well I do think The Don has vision ( future ) over and above others that post about this subject.
              But MAN what a mess he and the league have made out of this years playoffs.

              Sounders would be a million time better losing games now.
              Columbus and NY versus playing Dallas, LA and SLC.
              I could see both San Jose and Colorado coming out of the East.

              I agree with you on wanting to see all teams. We are very lucky to have such a great league. What a bummer it would be to not see Landon or De Rosario, etc.

    2. Charles says:

      My week would not be complete without me talking up Dallas on this blog:

      They have guarenteed a tie with the least losses in MLS. They do have a tough schedule left however.

      They were picked by a computer model on Sounderatheart.com with the best chance to win it all.

      http://www.sounderatheart.com/2010/10/11/1745082/moving-beyond-playoff-odds-to-championship-odds

      Galaxy 0.1516
      RSL 0.1529
      FC Dallas 0.1545
      Red Bulls 0.1491
      Crew 0.0888
      Earthquakes 0.1033
      Sounders FC 0.1204
      Rapids 0.0791
      Wizards 3.0E-4

      Interesting that the Crew are the second to worst odds. They must win their Supporters Shields “ManU style” consistantly winning against the worst teams in the league. I know they lost 3 out of 4 to Salt Lake last year, and have never beaten Seattle. Doubtful that they have beaten Dallas this year ( probably ties ).

    3. Lysander says:

      Thanks for doing the away analysis. I realized after seeing them that it is hard to compare seattle since everyone else gets the bonus of playing at seattle and having that huge attendence help their away average. To even things out I took out the seattle game from everyones away average and came up with this…

      Los Angeles Galaxy 17,263
      D.C. United 16,949
      New York Red Bulls 16,822
      Seattle 16,134
      San Jose Earthquakes 16,067
      Real Salt Lake 16,040
      Kansas City Wizards 15,769
      Chicago Fire 15,544
      New England Revolution 14,992
      Colorado Rapids 14,607
      FC Dallas 14,072
      Toronto FC 13,655
      Columbus Crew 13,640
      Houston Dynamo 13,441
      Philadelphia Union 13,306
      Chivas USA 12,675

      DC does suprise me too. Did they have a special game somewhere? San Jose kinda surprises me too.

      • Peter C says:

        DC played one of the two Philly home games at Lincoln Financial Field, drawing over 34,800.
        SJ played at RBNY after the signings of Henry and Marquez when they drew just under 21,900.

    4. derek b jennings says:

      I love this blog. It is a great re-cap of the weekends games. Keep up the great work Peter. The attendance figures are good considering we are in pro football, college football and baseball playoffs time. The league is moving forward, slow but very steady.

    5. Charles says:

      Hottest team in MLS !!! ( part XXXIII )
      (http://www.sounderatheart.com/2010/10/4/1730332/why-sounders-should-recieve-1st-tier-votes)

      Over the last 12 matches:
      LA has earned 17
      RSL has earned 21
      FC Dallas has a earned whopping 24 points
      NYRB has earned 21 points
      San Jose has earned 17 points
      Colorado has earned 18 points

      SEATTLE HAS EARNED 27 POINTS OVER THAT SAME SPAN OF GAMES !!!

    6. Charles says:

      That is great. You have the wrong site however.

      You are looking for ChelseaGoalDiff_21-in-7games.com

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