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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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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