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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

mlscup 08 188x234 Take Me Out to the Playoffs   Week 3

The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   12,736   NA  CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY
 2007   17,041   33.81%   CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
 2008   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009   20,755   38.74%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   18,551   -10.62%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   21,330   NA DCU v NE – HOU v COL
 2007   20,645   -3.21%  NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2008   17,348   -15.97%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2009   23,548   35.74%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
 2010   22,390   -4.92%  LA v FCD – COL v SJ
Playoff Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   14,455   NA MLS Cup 2010
 Dallas v Colorado
 Sun, Nov 21, 8:30pm(ET)
 2007   17,762   22.88% 
 2008   14,437   -13.09% 
 2009   21,314   38.07% 
 2010   19,319   -9.36% 

Observations

People in Colorado finally turned out for the Rapids, even in the cold. More than 17,700. A full house at the Home Depot Center saw Dallas dismantle the Galaxy.

The final numbers won’t hold up to last year. 3 of the 5 lowest drawing clubs were in the playoffs this year and the final location, BMO field is a relatively small venue. Speaking of BMO, in addition to no ‘glamour’ teams in the final, the weather could be dicey. Don’t be surprised if the game is listed as a sellout, but with lots of empty seats come game day. That being said, I think the Dallas/Colorado final could make for an excellent match.


Semifinals
 
Colorado 1 Undercurrent 17,779
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog 27,000
FC Dallas 3 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick

MLS Cup Final

Dallas v Colorado – Sun Nov 21 8:30pm ET – BMO Field, Toronto, ONT, CA
I’ve lived in Toronto. For those of you travelling to the Cup final, bring your woolies.


MLS Throw Ins

Domestic Cups
  Supporters Shield MLS Cup US Open SuperLiga Total Years in MLS
 Chicago 1 1 4 0 6 13
 Chivas USA 0 0 0 0 0 6
 Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 15
 Columbus 3 1 1 0 5 15
 D.C. United 4 4 2 0 10 15
 FC Dallas 0 0 1 0 1 15
 Houston(SJ) 1 4 0 0 5 15
 Kansas City 1 1 1 0 3 15
 Los Angeles 3 2 2 0 7 15
 New England 0 0 1 1 2 15
 RBNY 0 0 0 0 0 15
 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Real Salt Lake 0 1 0 0 1 6
 San Jose 0 0 0 0 0 3
 Seattle 0 0 2 0 2 2
 Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 4
 Miami 1 0 0 0 1 4
 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 0 1 6

As you can see, I am listing the ‘old San Jose’ accomplishments where they belong(IMO), with the Dynamo. I know the deal was that the Quakes would retain the ‘legacy’ of the original team, but I choose reality, i.e.; the franchise that won the cups resides in Houston.

They Qualified

2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League

  • Los Angeles – Supporters’ Shield – Group Stage
  • Colorado – MLS Cup Participant: Winner = Group Stage – Loser = Preliminary Stage
  • FCD – MLS Cup Participant: Winner = Group Stage – Loser = Preliminary Stage
  • Seattle – US Open Cup – Preliminary Stage

2011 NA SuperLiga – If the tourney is held. You just never know.

  • Real Salt Lake
  • RBNY
  • Columbus
  • San Jose

And …

  • After suffering what some are calling the biggest upset in women’s soccer history, the US Women still have a chance to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. They defeated Costa Rica and now must win a home and home vs Italy to earn a spot in the big dance.