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MLS attendance report: Jul. 19, 2009

After week 18 the numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
WK 15130 GPYTD
 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 1.89% 15,024 3.26% 117
 2008 13,013 -18.13% 6 16,542 4.35% 16,939 12.75% 122
 2009 16,634 27.83% 6 15,490 -6.36% 15,490 -8.55% 130

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(130):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0 0.00% 29,984 NA 10 93.70% 32,000
 Toronto 20,173 91.79% 20,278 0.52% 11 92.26% 21,978
 LA Galaxy 25,348 93.88% 19,292 -23.89%  9 71.45% 27,000
 ChivasUSA 14,286 52.91% 16,211 13.48% 9 60.04% 27,000
 Real Salt Lake 15,101 71.96% 16,045 6.25% 8 71.15% 19,340
 Houston 16,566 73.63% 15,689 -5.29%  8 69.73% 22,500
 D.C. United 20,133 89.48% 15,193 -24.53%  9 67.53% 22,500
 NE Revolution 16,584 73.71% 13,242 -20.15%  7 58.85% 22,500
 Columbus Crew 12,881 64.40% 13,041 1.24% 9 65.20% 20,000
 Chicago 16,667 83.34% 12,839 -22.97%  8 64.19% 20,000
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 17,385 69.02% 12,702 -26.94%  9 50.43% 25,189
 Colorado Rapids 14,612 80.79% 12,431 -14.93%  8 68.73% 18,086
 San Jose 16,752 85.56% 11,513 -31.28%  8 47.54% 10,300
 KC Wizards 9,596 92.40% 9,789 2.01% 8 94.26% 10,385
 FC Dallas 13,687 66.76% 9,306 -32.01%  9 45.40% 20,500

My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


Week 18 opened with the much balleyhoo’d return of David Beckham to the LA Galaxy as they visited the Red Bulls in the media center of the country.
RBNY’s overall average was raised by their largest crowd of the year. What, however shall we glean from the numbers in camparison? In 2007 this match drew 66,237(Aug 18), in 2008 46,754(Jul 19). Thursday’s attendance: 23,238.
Toronto had its usual full house for Houston’s visit. The DCU/Rapids, Columbus/RSL and Chicago/SJ games were played directly opposite the USMNT Gold Cup Quarterfinal match. DCU and Chicago drew above their YTD averages while Columbus came close to its average. The week’s league play culminated with a modest 10,997 in a late Sunday afternoon match at Foxboro. All told, a decent week averaging over 16,600.

Seattle filled the house, over 65,000, to see its friendly vs Chelsea FC.

YTD – 130 Games
 2005   15,023  12,167 30.00% 16.15%
 2006   15,558  12,979 22.31% 17.69%
 2007   15,853  14,235 10.77% 23.08%
 2008   16,542  15,324 11.54% 26.15%
 2009   15,490  14,479 14.62% 19.23%
Week 18 Games
RBNY1Red Bulls Reader
Los Angeles3LA – 100 percent soccer
Toronto1TFC Connected
Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
DC United3DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
Chicago2Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog
San Jose0Center Line Soccer
New England2Revolution Soccer
Chivas USA0Chivas USA – MLSNet

Gold Cup and MLS

Players, League Games Missed Due to Gold Cup Semifinal and Final Matches
 16-Jul 18-Jul 25-Jul
 Chicago Fire   Busch, Pause. Segares(CRC) SJ SEA
 Chivas USA   Bornstein*, Kljestan*
 Colorado Rapids   Clark, Perkins, Casey*
 Columbus Crew   Rogers, Marshall RSL TFC
 DC United   Quaranta, Jakovic(CAN)** Colorado SJ
 FC Dallas   Cooper RSL
 Houston Dynamo   Ching, Holden, Hainault(CAN)** TFC NE
 Kansas City Wizards   Arnaud, Conrad LA
 Los Angeles Galaxy   NONE RBNY KC
 New England Revolution   Heaps Chivas USA HOU
 Real Salt Lake   Beckerman, Johnson(CAN)**
 Columbus FCD
 San Jose Earthquakes   NONE Chicago DCU
 Seattle Sounders FC   Evans Chicago
 Toronto FC   Cronin, Gerba(CAN)** HOU CLB

* – Added when CONCACAF allowed the US to add 7 to the roster due to its participation in the Confederations Cup. With Adu, Davies, Cherundolo, Feilhaber and Parkhurst returning to their clubs in Europe, more MLS’ers will be on the field for the USMNT.

** – xxx eliminated this week.

Casey, Bornstein and Kljestan were with their clubs this weekend. We’ll have to see if they get called for the semifinal on Thursday.

If I’ve missed anyone, hopefully our readers will let me know in the comment section.

Naturally the column for the games on the 25th is for those that win the semis on the 23rd.

With Canada eliminated, Toronto will welcome new signing Gerba who scored for Canada in its pre Gold Cup tuneup match and in 2 Gold Cup matches.


End of Week Thoughts

  • The Galaxy looked pretty sharp for the first 45 in their match with RBNY.
  • McBride’s surgery a big blow to the Fire.
  • KC’s Jimmy Conrad took a hard knock and had to come out of the US match vs Panama.
  • Can’t say much about the other Saturday games as I was watching the Nats. All field players were MLS’ers.
  • Huzzah! Chicago wins at home.Streaking
  • LA has won 4 games in a row.
  • RBNY is winless in 11.
  • Chivas USA is winless in 4.
  • Seven teams have not lost when scoring the first goal.
  • Six teams have not won when allowing the first goal.
  • Three teams, Houston, DCU and Columbus, are undefeated at home.
  • Two teams, RBNY and San Jose, are winless on the road.======

    Just Some Stuff

    The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals are on Tuesday, July 21. The USL-1 Rochester Rhinos meet defending champions D.C. United at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, MD. The other semi features Houston at Seattle at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

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  1. Derek

    July 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Looking at those attendance numbers it’s even more obvious what a foolish move it was to pull out of Florida after 2001. You have to go more than halfway up the list to DC at over 15,000 per game to find numbers that aren’t just marginally better than what the Fusion were pulling in in 2001. And the Fusion were just starting to really gain support and grow the fan base. In the 8 seasons since then, probably a few a which would have included titles from the Ray Hudson led team, you know we’d be getting AT LEAST 15K down here. Bring MLS back to us Garber!!

  2. Jammer

    July 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    KC also misses Espinoza of Honduras.

  3. Enrique

    July 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Well said.

  4. eplnfl

    July 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Footyfan, I could say something clever like if you could read you would know the headline story the US Men’s team has made, but I’m bigger then that. So, I’ll ask instead what deep seated fear do you have about the achievement of soccer in the United States at all levels. Why must you go to bed each night hoping for the MLS to fail and the USMNT not to reach the World Cup. Why does the Stars and Stripes becoming a socer power make your stomach turn so much.

    Answering those questions may find the way to happiness in your life.

  5. DC Lee

    July 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hey Footyfan…so irrelevant that you are on an MLS blog throwing out stupid comments for what. So you can bask in your hard headed closed minded thoughts. Hate to break it to you but soccer in America is here to stay and is only going to get stronger and better as this country becomes more and more diverse. The MLS will get more teams and hopefully open up the checkbook a little bit but not to fast.

  6. Footyfan

    July 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Front page story? Hahahaha! You wish. The game is still irrelevant in the usa and always will be. Get a clue

  7. eplnfl

    July 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    A rare but necessary home win for the Fire. Not a bad crowd given the conflict with USMNT, McBride injury, poor weather, and a the Gold Cup Semi-final drawing $$$$$ off this Thursday. Even more impressive was that Blanco sat on the bench for Chicago until the 2nd half. With both big names out the Fire played even until Blanco was put in. The Fire have great depth and sometimes you get the impression they wait for pure talent to take over and lack effort. They have seemed to play quite well when they know a star is out and and a big effort is needed by all.

    Given the economy and the other soccer available both in person and on tv and the web MLS is not bad. With the increased media attention soccer has become a front page story in sports this summer. Increased coverage will follow especially as the economy picks up. A few more big houses can be expected with the Beckham effect over the next few weeks.

    All in all a good time for the MLS in my book.

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