Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 9
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 9

This week’s seven matches averaged over 15,100, up from last week’s average. This week the NBA and NHL playoffs continued. By Saturday, Boston, Denver, Houston and LA had teams alive in the NBA, while the NHL still shows Chicago alive. As the Lakers were playing Game 7 of their series […]

MLS – Just Past the Quartermark, Beckham, Goals
MLS – Just Past the Quartermark, Beckham, Goals

Here in the US we like to break things into large portions. Halves in football, thirds in hockey, quarters in basketball(eighth’s only count in pizza). Which leads me to this; time to look a deeper at some of this season’s numbers as this week the MLS season has passed the […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 8
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 8

This week’s nine matches averaged over 14,800, about 1,300 less than last year’s seven matches. The NBA and NHL playoffs continue. Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston and LA have teams alive in the NBA, while the NHL still shows Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and DC(well kind of, the Capitols). I’ll leave it […]

MLS MidWeek Bits
MLS MidWeek Bits

Chivas just keeps on keepin’ on. They are six points clear of Seattle, although the Sounders have a game in hand. Last weeks injury list for Chivas USA read like this… OUT: DF Bobby Burling (sports hernia surgery); FW Alecko Eskandarian (R hamstring strain); DF Ante Jazic (concussion); GK Dan […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 7
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 7

This week’s seven matches averaged less than 13,800, about 2,100 less than last year’s Week 7 matches. A busy sports weekend to say the least; NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, Hattan/Pacquiao, and the Kentucky Derby. The weather was OK. A bit chilly with rain at kickoff of the Toronto match, but […]

Seattle Success … Good for MLS?
Seattle Success … Good for MLS?

I was thinking about the Seattle phenomenon and a thought crossed my mind. Would it be good or bad for MLS if Seattle went deep into the playoffs in its inaugural year? What would it say about a league if a brand new team could have such great success in […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 6
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 6

Week 6 attendance was an improvement over last week. This week’s nine matches averaged over 15,800, about 100 more than last year’s week 6 matches. First place Chivas disappointed again, drawing only 14,611 with clear weather and 67 degrees. On the plus side, they are drawing about 2,000 more than […]

Busy Time for US Men
Busy Time for US Men

The US Men’s National Teams will be busy for the rest of this year. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up. Men’s Senior Team Coming off a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF final World Cup Qualifying round, the Senior team does not play in May. But […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 5
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 5

Week 5 in the MLS was troubling from an attendance standpoint. This week’s seven matches averaged just a bit over 12,000, a decline of nearly 5,000 from last year’s week 5 matches. As optimistic as I like to be, it’s hard to fathom the 8,508 at Giants stadium with fantastic […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 4
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 4

Week 4 in the MLS saw 5 draws in 7 games. Keller got red-carded, a Blanco to McBride goal was brilliant and the Galaxy may have found a starting keeper in Donovan Ricketts. Oh yaeh, Seattle gave up its first goal after Keller was ejected and lost its first game. […]

A Bit of This and That in US Soccer
A Bit of This and That in US Soccer

Men’s Soccer in the US Tidbit: Unless I missed something…(entirely possible) 20 states have no MLS, USL-1, USL-2 or PDL team, representing 15% of the 2007 US population. California has the most combined teams with 11, followed by Texas with 10. They’re the 2 most populous states. The most populous […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 3
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 3

Week 3 in the MLS was graced with good matches that were played in less than desirable conditions. High winds plagued several venues while cold and wet put the damper on others. If not for that I think attendance would have been better, but all in all attendance wasn’t that […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame… or not
Take Me Out to the Ballgame… or not

After reading the piece on 2-0 v 0-2 teams at Climbing the Ladder, my own interest in numbers has led me to offer these early season tidbits on MLS attendance. First off, for all of my observations, I’ve taken the 4 teams playing in football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston […]

Quest for the Cup begins – Season Starters
Quest for the Cup begins – Season Starters

According to the rosters as posted on MLSnet, Chivas USA is the oldest team averging 27.08 yrs and not coincidentally also have the team with the most MLS experience at 4.33 years. Toronto is the youngest at 24.65, averaging 1.91 years of MLS experience. Seattle, not surprisingly, has the most […]

MLS First Kick – Hope springs eternal
MLS First Kick – Hope springs eternal

Hope springs eternal. It’s a cry heard from sports fans at the beginning of every season and it’s no different for MLS fans. As a neutral, my hope is that we have a great competitive season and from all accounts, I think that will be the case. Trying to predict […]

Diary of a Football Saturday Morning
Diary of a Football Saturday Morning

A pretty normal Saturday morning during MLS off season. My friends intimate I should get a life, but I’m having too much fun. Doesn’t that count? 5:15am up at normal time, first game on tap at 8am: Villa v Wigan. Always enjoy watching Brad Friedel, still the best US keeper.  […]

My First Post
My First Post

Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Peter, a formerly traditional American sports fan, not to be confused with fanatic, located in the Valley of the Sun, aka the Phoenix metroplex. Oh, I would follow the World Cup and was aware of the MLS Cup. I even watched […]