SUMmer of Soccer Big Boys on Display


SUMmer of Soccer Continues

The ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20, rolls on. After this past weekend, 41 events, including 15 doubleheaders comprising 56 matches have drawn 1,306,902, for an average of 31,876.

Since my last post on the SUMmer of Soccer, the big guns were on display and the attendances reflect that. Here’s how the events fared …

Summer of Soccer Attendances
 Real Madrid v DC United FedEx Field
 Landover, MD
 Sun, Aug 09Friendly 72,368 
 Barcelona v Chivas de Guadalajara Candlestick Park
 San Francisco, CA
 Sat, Aug 08Friendly 61,572 
 Barcelona v Seattle Qwest Field
 Seattle, WA
 Wed, Aug 05Friendly 66,848 
 Barcelona v LA Galaxy Rose Bowl
 Sat, Aug 01Friendly 93,137 
 Mexico v USA Giants Stadium
 E Rutherford, NJ
 Sun, Jul 26Gold Cup 79,156 
 Chelsea v Club America Cowboys Stadium
 Dallas, TX
 Sun, Jul 26WFC 57,229 
 Inter Milan v AC Milan Gillette Stadium
 Foxborough, MA
 Sun, Jul 26WFC 42,531 
 semi-Mexico v Costa Rica
 semi-USA v Honduras
 Soldier Field
 Chicago, IL
 Thu, Jul 23Gold Cup 55,173 
 Club America v AC Milan Georgia Dome
 Atlanta GA
 Wed, Jul 22WFC 53,600 
 Chelsea v Inter Milan Rose Bowl
 Los Angeles, CA
 Tue, Jul 21WFC 81,224 
    total 662,838 
    average 66,284 

More ch-ching for Soccer United Marketing(SUM). This was the first year of the 3 year agreement between Barcelona and SUM. They’ll return next summer, especially given the report that they took home over $8.5 million for their little USA preseason excursion.

Hello! Barca and the Galaxy pack the Rose Bowl. SUM has US marketing agreements with both Barca and Chivas; must have been some payday. Hopefully some of it will make it to the players in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement(CBA).

Gold Cup Total Attendance

Gold Cup 2009
 Mexico v USA Giants Stadium
 E Rutherford, NJ
 Sun, Jul 26 Final 79,156 
 Mexico v Costa Rica
 USA v Honduras
 Soldier Field
 Chicago, IL
 Thu, Jul 23 Semifinal 55,173 
 Guadeloupe v Costa Rica
 Mexico v Haiti
 Cowboys Stadium
 Dallas, TX
 Sun, Jul 19 Quarterfinal 82,252 
 Hondura v Canada
 Panama v USA
 Lincoln Financial Field
 Philadelphia, PA
 Sat, Jul 18 Quarterfinal 31,087 
 Panama vs. Nicaragua
 Mexico vs. Guadeloupe
 U of Phoenix Stadium
 Glendale, AZ
 Sun, Jul 12 Group Play 23,876 
 USA v Haiti
 Honduras v Grenada
 Gillette Stadium
 Foxborough, MA
 Sat, Jul 11 Group Play 24,137 
 Costa Rica v Canada
 El Salvador v Jamaica
 FIU Stadium
 Miami, FL
 Fri, Jul 10 Group Play 17,269 
 Guadeloupe v Nicaragua
 Mexico v Panama
 Reliant Stadium
 Houston, TX
 Thu, Jul 09 Group Play 47,713 
 Haiti v Grenada
 USA v Honduras
 RFK Stadium
 Washington, DC
 Wed, Jul 08 Group Play 26,079 
 Jamaica v Costa Rica
 El Salvador v Canada
 Crew Stadium
 Columbus, OH
 Tue, Jul 07 Group Play 7,059 
 Panama v Guadeloupe
 Nicaragua v Mexico
 Oakland-Alameda Cty Col.
 Oakland, CA
 Sun, Jul 05 Group Play 32,500 
 Honduras v Haiti
 Grenada v USA
 Qwest Field
 Seattle, WA
 Sat, Jul 04 Group Play 15,387 
 Costa Rica v El Salvador
 Canada v Jamaica
 Home Depot Center
 Los Angeles, CA
 Fri, Jul 03 Group Play 27,000 
    total 468,688 
    average 36,053 

World Football Challenge

World Football Challenge
 Chelsea v Club America Cowboys Stadium
 Dallas, TX
 Sun, Jul 26WFC 57,229 
 Inter Milan v AC Milan Gillette Stadium
 Foxborough, MA
 Sun, Jul 26WFC 42,531 
 Chelsea v AC Milan M&T Bank Stadium
 Baltimore, MD
 Fri, Jul 24WFC 71,203 
 Club America v AC Milan Georgia Dome
 Atlanta GA
 Wed, Jul 22WFC 53,600 
 Chelsea v Inter Milan Rose Bowl
 Tue, Jul 21WFC 81,224 
 Club America v Inter Milan Stanford Stadium
 Palo Alto, CA
 Sun, Jul 19WFC 31,026 
    total 336,813 
    average 56,136 

SuperLiga Final Totals

SuperLiga Totals
 TotalGame DatesAverage
2007 247,251  15  16,483 
2008 195,380  15  13,025 
2009 114,163  12  9,514 
3 Doubleheaders in 2009 meant
  3 fewer separate game dates

Congestion Eases Significantly, But Not for All

Although they would have preferred winning, Chicago must be glad that SuperLiga is over. They are poised for a strong finish, having recovered from a 4 game losing skein with 3 wins and 2 draws before dropping a decision at Houston.

Don Garber has already stated that the SuperLiga will be back in 2010, a World Cup year. It’s a sure indication that live attendance and wide distribution of English language coverage in the US are irrelevant. It demonstrates where the real money comes from; sponsorships and Spanish language TV. SuperLiga in August or September next year?

US Open
Sep 2
DCU vs Seattle

Both teams played on July 25th. DCU had a CONCACAF Champions league game on July 28, an MLS game on August 1, a CONCACAF Champions league game on August 4, Real Madrid on August 9, back to league play on the 15th, and having advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League, a group phase CCL game on August 18, back to league play on August 22 and then game 2 of the group phase of the CCL on August 25 and back to MLS on August 29. DCU’s schedule remains busy after the Open final with league matches on Sept 5, 8 and 12. That will make 14 matches in 50 days, and average of one match every 3.6 days for seven weeks.

DCU has earned only 16 of 39 points and with a weaker Eastern Conference are in the thick of a playoff race. As noted, DCU advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League with its preliminary win and will play on August 18 and 25, certainly making them the club most susceptible to stumbling in either MLS, the CCL or both.

Seattle will play DC United in its bid to win its first trophy as an MLS club. Seattle played an exhibition v Barcelona on August 5, and an MLS match on August 8, with league games on the 15th, 20th, 23rd and 29th leading up to the Open final.

CONCACAF Champions League
Aug 18-20Aug 25 – Aug 27
Group Game 1Group Game 2
DCU, Houston, Columbus

I’ve documented DCU’s schedule above. Houston and Columbus have it easier as they won’t have the Open to worry about nor did they need to qualify for the group stages.

Houston will have the tougher go. By the time they play there 2nd group phase CCL match against Arabe Unido in Panama, they will have played 6 matches in 21 days.

Columbus, whose 2nd group match will be away to Cruz Azul of Mexico, will have played 4 matches in 19 days, having the week of August 23rd off from league play.

Random Stats

86.58% of MLS games have been played on the weekend(Sat-Sun), leaving 13.42% of games played on weekdays. These numbers jibe with MLS’s attitude that weekday games lose too much revenue for clubs. In an earlier post, I think I disproved that theory with the caveat that creative marketing is the key to maintaining decent gate receipts for weekday matches.

No team is averging 2 goals per game, for or against. DC United top the offensive chart with 1.70 goals for but are 13th in defense, allowing 1.60.

Of the 6 fifteen minute segments in a match, minutes 76-90 have seen the most goals scored. The end of the first half, minutes 30-45 is second highest in this category.

Chivas USA’s fall from top of the table to 8th can’t be blamed on their defense. They are allowing the 2nd fewest goals per game, 0.88, but their offense is 13th, scoring 1.12.

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