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SUMmer of Soccer Rolls On

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SUMmer of Soccer Continues

First let me apologize for the tardiness of this post. I Amtraked across America to visit family, go to a wedding, and I’m going to cram in a trip to Giants’ Stadium for the Gold Cup Final. Can you believe it, no Wi-Fi in any Amtrak station between Arizona and Chicago, nor between Chi-town and New York, so a ‘just the numbers’ abbreviated post before the weekend(actually very late Friday night). My normal ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ post may also be a tad late, but we’ll see how things go. Now on to the footie news.

The ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20, rolls on. After this past weekend, 31 events, including 14 doubleheaders comprising 45 matches have drawn 416,259, for an average of 18,098.

Here’s how last week’s events fared …

Summer of Soccer Attendances
OpponentsVenueDateEventAtt
 AC Milan v LA Galaxy Home Depot Center, LA, CASun, July 19 Friendly 27,000
 Inter Milan v Club America Stanford Stadium
Palo Alto, CA
Sun, July 19 WFC 31,026
 qtr-Guadeloupe v Costa Rica
qtr-Mexico v Haiti
 New Cowboy Stadium
Dallas, TX
Sun, July 19 Gold Cup 82,252
 Chelsea v Seattle Qwest Field, Seattle, WASat, July 18 Friendly 65,289
 Cruz Azul v Tigres UANL Myers Stadium, Austin, TXSat, July 18 Copa Aztex 7,044
 qtr-Hondura v Canada
qtr-Panama v USA
 Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA
Sat, July 18 Gold Cup 31,087
 semi-New England v Chicago
semi-Santos Laguna v Tigres UANL
 Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
Wed, July 15 SuperLiga 7,215
 Rapids vs Club America Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Denver, CO
Wed, July 15 Friendly 10,492
 total 261,405 
 average 32,676 

U of Texas Athletics teamed with USL-1 club Austin Aztex to bring international soccer to the Austin for the first time. This year’s Copa Aztex match, the first in a three-year engagement, pitted Mexico City’s Cruz Azul against Tigres of Monterrey.

Another ch-ching week for Soccer United Marketing(SUM).

What a great scene at Qwest Field as Seattle packed the house for the friendy vs Chelsea FC.

USMNT Gold Cup
MLS Same Day Attendance v Average
  Quarterfinal 6/16/2007 07 Avg 7/18/2009 09 Avg
  Chivas USA 10,490 14,305
  New England 22,412 16,742
  DC United 20,161 20,967 18,248 14,811
  Columbus 12,922 13,056
  Chicago 14,228 12,640
  Toronto 20,172 20,228
  Semifinal 6/20/2007 07 Avg 7/23/2009
  Columbus 10,254 15,230
  Final 6/24/2007 07 Avg 7/26/2009
  Kansas City 8,091 11,586
The 2009 matches at DCU, Columbus and Chicago
were all played at the same time as the US Men.

For those of us that are looking for MLS to eliminate the scheduling conflicts with FIFA and CONCACAF, once again these numbers give the bean counters more reason to advise standing pat. For the most part, attendances on MLS match days that coincided with the USMNT match days were above 2009 seasonal averages.


Congestion Eases Significantly

SuperLiga after Semifinals
TotalGame DatesAverage
2007 234,751 14 16,768
2008 186,148 14 13,296
2009 86,948 11 7,904
3 Doubleheaders in 2009 meant
3 fewer separate game dates
Chicago beat Revs on July 15
Final on Wed, Aug 5

Sunday completed a 29 day run in which the Revs have played 8 matches(MLS, USOC, SuperLiga). Bounced from the tourneys, the New England will be able to focus entirely on league play.

Chicago has only the SuperLiga final to contend with, but will be hurting a bit more since learning of McBride’s extended absence due to surgery.

As I’ve mentioned before, expect changes to the SuperLiga after this year. If the tournament survives in 2010, a World Cup year, and remains essentially unchanged, it will be a sure indication that live attendance and wide distribution of English language coverage in the US are irrelevant. That will demonstrate where the real money comes from; sponsorships and Spanish language TV. SuperLiga in August or September next year?

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US Open
Sep 2
Final
DCU vs Seattle

Seattle will play DC United in its bid to win its first trophy as an MLS club.

DCU played on July 18th, and both play on July 25th. DCU has a CONCACAF Champions league match on July 28. Seattle played Chelsea FC on the 18th.

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CONCACAF Champions League
Jul 28 – Jul 30Aug 4 – Aug 6
Prelim First LegPrelim Second Leg
DCU, RBNY, TFC

DCU and TFC play MLS league games on Jul 25 and August 2. That means they will each play 4 times during the period Jul 25-Aug 6(13 days). RBNY play an MLS game on Jul 25, but are off the week of August 2.

All told, between July 18 and August 8, DCU has 4 MLS matches, 2 CONCACAF Champions league matches and 1 US Open Cup match. 7 matches in 22 days.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Mitch Howard

    July 25, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the quick update Kartik.

  2. Mitch Howard

    July 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    That’s what I thought, I saw the game on AFN, they didn’t show the Mex-CRC game.

  3. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    July 25, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Mitch- a TON of empty seats. Probably about 10k-15k there for the US game. It was more like 55k for the Mexico game, keep in mind it was a doubleheader. Actually, I saw few empty seats during MEX-CRC. It was basically full. Again this is all from TV, thank you Univision HD! 🙂

  4. Mitch Howard

    July 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’m not sure if I understand the attendance # from Soldier Field for G.C. Semifinals. When I was watching the game, I thought I saw a lot of empty seats. Did anyone else see this, or am I remembering wrong. I was very busy working while the game was going on.

  5. LI Matt

    July 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    DC is attempting to be the first back-to-back Open Cup winner since the New York Pancyprian Freedoms in 1982-83. This is the fifth time since then that the holder has reached the final: DC in 1997, the Galaxy in 2002, the Fire in 2004, and the Galaxy again in 2006.

  6. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    July 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Here here Joey Clams. I am so tired of hearing these football stadiums were constructed with soccer in mind and seeing narrow pitches and turf. I think the case against the USA getting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is growing with some of the venues we’ve seen in this Gold Cup and that sham international tournament I have tried not to watch on ESPN. (I have watched the CA games)

    During halftime of last night’s USL game between Miami FC and Minnesota I switched briefly to ESPN and saw the narrow pitch and and sod that Chelsea and Milan were playing on and thus switched safely back to FSC and saw the USL halftime show which trust me is no great thrill.

  7. Joey Clams

    July 25, 2009 at 9:25 am

    By the way, while it would be silly to say that it’s impossible, it appears that the playing surface at the gleaming Cowboys Stadium can be widened only with great difficulty. I don’t want to hear that it was constructed with soccer in mind. Sure, it will be adequate for the odd – or frequent – kickabout between Mexican teams. But it’s not a WC venue. That’s too bad.

  8. Peter C

    July 25, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Mitch,

    The semifinals doubleheader at Soldier Field in Chicago drew 55,173.

  9. Mitch Howard

    July 25, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Peter C, great job, what was attendance at U.S. vs. Honduras Gold Cup game?

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