Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 18

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After week 18 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 15130 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-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  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
 20082009 
 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

Observations

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
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 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
Colorado1Undercurrent
 
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
 PlayersOpponent
   16-Jul 18-Jul 25-Jul
 Chicago Fire   Busch, Pause. Segares(CRC)  SJ SEA
 Chivas USA   Bornstein*, Kljestan*
 Harmse(CAN)**
  NE 
 Colorado Rapids   Clark, Perkins, Casey*
 Ceus(HAI)**
  DCU RBNY
 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
 RBNY   NONE LA  NE
 Real Salt Lake   Beckerman, Johnson(CAN)**
 Alexandre(HAI)**
  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.

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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.

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    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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