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MLS attendance report: July 27, 2009

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An abbreviated post due to my being on the road.

After week 19 the numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
WK 15137 GPYTD
Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005 13,291 6 14,799 14,506 124
 2006 92,650 597.11% 1 15,564 5.17% 15,194 4.74% 121
 2007 25,407 -72.58% 5 15,966 2.58% 15,449 1.68% 122
 2008 18,584 -26.85% 6 16,524 3.50% 17,147 10.99% 128
 2009 16,846 -9.35% 7 15,559 -5.84% 15,559 -9.26% 137

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(137):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
20082009
AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0 0.00% 30,204 NA 11 94.39% 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
 Real Salt Lake 15,412 74.09% 16,353 6.11% 9 73.69% 19,340
 ChivasUSA 14,286 52.91% 16,211 13.48% 9 60.04% 27,000
 Houston 16,234 72.15% 15,632 -3.71%  9 69.48% 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 13,681 68.40% 13,114 -4.14%  10 65.57% 20,000
 Colorado Rapids 14,171 78.36% 12,918 -8.85%  9 71.42% 18,086
 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
 San Jose 15,986 86.19% 11,236 -29.71%  9 49.56% 10,300
 KC Wizards 9,596 92.40% 10,024 4.46% 9 96.52% 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 19 opened on Friday with RSL moving up to 4th in average attendance on the strength of a big crowd for FCD’s visit. The other six matches were on Saturday. Seattle filled the house again as they played the league’s best road team, Chicago to a draw. Columbus claimed the Trillium Cup against TFC. Houston drew a soft crowd as they lost their first home match this season against ’06 and ’07 MLS Cup opponents New England. KC played to capacity for Beck’s visit, although unlike the previous 2 seasons, the match was at Community America Ballpark as opposed to Arrowhead stadium. The Rockies has a nice turnout of over 16,800. Finally San Jose did not sell out for its match vs DC United. All told, a decent week averaging over 16,800.

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

YTD – 137 Games
AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,799  12,101 30.66% 15.33%
 2006   15,564  13,056 21.17% 18.25%
 2007   15,966  14,351 10.22% 23.36%
 2008   16,524  15,276 11.68% 25.55%
 2009   15,559  14,516 14.60% 18.98%
Week 19 Games
 
Real Salt Lake4RSL – Behind the Shield
FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Seattle0Seattle Times
Chicago0Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog
 
Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
Toronto2TFC Connected
 
Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
 
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
New England1Revolution Soccer
 
RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
Colorado4Colorado – Undercurrent
 
San Jose2San Jose Center Line Soccer
DC United2DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider

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 before final.

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

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Just Some Stuff

The finalists for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are DC United and Seattle. DCU looks to defend its crown while the Sounders are looking for their first hardware as an MLS club.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. soccer goals

    July 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I would say $20 is a little high, considering parking and concessions.

  2. Christopher Mandzi

    July 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Regarding ticket prices: 20 bucks is too much for the talent on the field. When you pay 20 bucks to go to a MLB game, you are seeing the best baseball players. For the same price, you are not coming close to that talent level in MLS. Here is a league that is paying the players minimum, but ticket prices are comparable to other sports, where top talent is on display. The Galaxy are charging $20 and $15 to park. So, if they pack in 15,000 fans, they actually sold 20,000 tickets when you account for parking prices. Management is simply extracting as much as possible from each customer, which, in theory, is fine. But, when you compare prices from tickets to parking, MLS fans are being ripped off, talent-wise.

  3. Adam Edg

    July 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

    It would be interesting to see a breakdown of USL-1, USL-2, & PDL attendances this season too. $20 is a relatively cheap ticket price, especially compared to MLB. Last time I was in Houston we planned to see the Astros, but the tickets were nuts $22 for mediocre 300 level seats & $39+ for decent seats this year. $20 for soccer at Robertson is a good deal; not really a bad seat in the house.

  4. chad

    July 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah, $20 is fantastic! I would pay more honestly. Players make peanuts, play like they love the game ( usually ). Come on. Good product.

  5. Joe in Indianapolis

    July 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Are you kidding me? $20 is amazing compared to any other professional sporting event in the States. It is expensive only compared to little league. Taking your whole family to see an NFL game would cost you hundreds, especially if you want half decent seats. Maybe you just just stay home and watch on tv?

  6. FCShambles

    July 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I think one of the reasons attendance is down in many places is because of the cost of tickets. Even in Houston, where we are blessed with a good team, the cheapest non-season ticket is $20 per person. So, a family of 4, with parking, and no concessions (not realistic, I know) is looking at spending $90 just to get in the door. I know that the clubs need to make money, and it’s a catch-22, but there has to be a way to make this equation work out.

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