Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 18
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 18

After week 18 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 15 130 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   8,365     2   15,023     14,568     118   2006   11,399   36.28%   7   15,558   3.56%   14,549   -0.13%   120   2007   15,894   39.43%   6   15,853  […]

MLS and the SUMmer of Soccer cont’d
MLS and the SUMmer of Soccer cont’d

SUMmer of Soccer Continues Coming into this past weekend, 21 matches(5 doubleheaders) have been played during the the ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20. Attendance: 252,914. All games, except the Timbers friendly, were part of entities owned or marketed by Soccer United Marketing(SUM). The Gold Cup finished the […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 17
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 17

After week 17 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 15 124 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   13,835     9   14,547     14,675     116   2006   16,028   15.85%   7   15,716   8.03%   14,698   0.16%   113   2007   13,974   -12.82%   4   15,377  […]

MLS and the Summer of Soccer Continued
MLS and the Summer of Soccer Continued

Summer of Soccer Continues The 14 matches that were played during the first week of the ‘Summer of Soccer’ drew 168,687. All games were part of entities owned or marketed by Soccer United Marketing(SUM). The Gold Cup kicked off this week. By Sunday, three of the nine doubleheaders that constitute […]

MLS Ramblings
MLS Ramblings

A Few Moves(not a complete list) As July 1 approached, the time when players contracts would be guaranteed if they were on the roster, MLS clubs made moves. I haven’t listed the players waived or released to make roster room, but some of the new additions are… 26 yr old […]

SUM-mer of Soccer Kicks Off
SUM-mer of Soccer Kicks Off

SuperLiga 2009 – Matchday 3 Group A Game Score Pts   Chicago 1 6 Chicago – MLSNet Tigres UANL 2 6 Tigres UANL – Wikipedia   San Luis 1 4 San Luis – Wikipedia Chivas USA 1 1 Chivas USA – MLSNet Group B New England 1 7 Revolution Soccer […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 15
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 15

After week 15 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 15 112 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   19,065     8   14,710     14,274     101   2006   15,853   -16.85%   12   14,821   0.75%   14,721   3.13%   100   2007   14,650   -7.59%   6   14,907  […]

MLS: SuperLiga Adding To the SUM
MLS: SuperLiga Adding To the SUM

In my last post I prompted a discussion that centers around SUM and its relationship to MLS. If you are unaware of Soccer United Marketing(SUM), it was created at a time when the league was in danger of folding. Just 5 years after its first season in 1996, the league […]

MLS – SuperLiga, In SUM We Trust
MLS – SuperLiga, In SUM We Trust

Well, the start of the 2009 SuperLiga has jumpstarted the familiar conversations about it’s quality, purpose, players’ shares if an MLS club wins, among others. One major issue has been partially addressed, i.e.; schedule congestion with short rosters by way of the new qualification criteria that prevents the overload in […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 14

After week 14 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 14 106 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   9,538     6   14,692     13,862     93   2006   10,494   10.02%   7   14,814   0.83%   14,602   5.34%   88   2007   15,376   46.52%   12   15,035  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 13
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 13

Good crowds attended this week’s eight matches, except of course in Dallas. The league averaged just over 16,600. The week began with west leading Chivas USA visiting Houston. A midweek turnout of over 14,500 saw the Dynamo continue its good form. On Saturday, the east’s top teams clashed in DC […]

MLS/Internationals: Congestion and Conflict
MLS/Internationals: Congestion and Conflict

Gulati-Garber photo by Kevin Joseph So we’ve passed the first day of what will be a long summer of MLS/MNT/FIFA fixture congestion. We’ve all heard the discussion before about the MLS schedule and its position that it is impossible for the league to avoid fixture congestion and unable honor FIFA […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 12
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 12

This week’s eight matches averaged just over 13,100. Last year’s week 12 included a visit by Beckham to San Jose. The game was at Oakland Alameda and drew over 39,800. After 92 matches, the league is drawing 1,479 fewer per game than the first 92 games last year, a 9.1% […]

MLS Looking Ahead at Mid-Week
MLS Looking Ahead at Mid-Week

As fans prepare for tonight’s USMNT World Cup qualifier with Costa Rica, I had our MLS fans in mind as I was looking ahead to this week’s matches. Several teams are shorthanded due to International callups. Nothing new for experienced MLS fans. For newbies there are plenty of stories, posts, […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11

This week’s nine matches averaged just over 16,000. After 84 matches, the league is drawing 1,278 fewer per game than the first 84 games last year, a 7.9% decrease. The weekly average was down from last year but can be understood as last years numbers included a special soccer doubleheader […]

MLS – The Good, The Bad, The Internationals
MLS – The Good, The Bad, The Internationals

Seattle beat Colorado 1-0 in the last MLS play-in match of the US Open Cup on Tuesday. The win earns Seattle a berth in the US Open Cup. The eight MLS clubs will begin play in the 3rd round, on June 30. ====== Two of the league’s lowest ranked teams, […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 10
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 10

This week’s seven matches averaged just under 13,800, slightly up from last year’s week 10 average. It was good to see an increase, albeit a small one, with Seattle on the road. After 75 matches, exactly the 1/3 mark of the season, the league is drawing 1,128 fewer per game […]