MLS attendance report: Aug. 16, 2009

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After week 22 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 22155 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  15,573   4  14,897   14,844   144 
 2006  13,932  -10.54%  6  15,263  2.46%  15,361  3.48%  143 
 2007  16,209  16.34%  6  16,022  4.97%  16,005  4.19%  144 
 2008  15,294  -5.64%  9  16,423  2.50%  16,875  5.44%  148 
 2009  16,236  6.16%  6  15,764  -4.02%  15,764  -6.58%  155 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(155):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0.00%  30,204  NA 11  94.39%  32,000 
 Toronto 20,147  91.67%  20,308  0.80%  12  92.40%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 25,513  94.49%  19,379  -24.04%  10  71.78%  27,000 
 Real Salt Lake 14,855  72.34%  16,213  9.14%  11  74.80%  19,340 
 ChivasUSA 14,286  52.91%  16,211  13.48%  9  60.04%  27,000 
 Houston 16,324  72.55%  15,836  -2.99%  11  70.38%  22,500 
 San Jose 14,917  87.50%  15,692  5.20%  11  76.84%  10,300 
 D.C. United 20,133  89.48%  15,193  -24.53%  9  67.53%  22,500 
 NE Revolution 16,799  74.66%  14,592  -13.14%  9  64.85%  22,500 
 Columbus Crew 13,569  67.84%  13,660  0.67%  11  68.30%  20,000 
 Chicago 17,092  85.46%  13,027  -23.78%  9  65.13%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 13,628  75.35%  12,771  -6.29%  11  70.61%  18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 16,759  66.53%  12,487  -25.49%  10  49.57%  25,189 
 KC Wizards 9,619  92.62%  10,019  4.16%  10  96.47%  10,385 
 FC Dallas 14,072  68.64%  9,229  -34.42%  11  45.02%  20,500 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 22 games drew a very respectable 16,236, over 6% higher than the corresponding period last year. Columbus’ top crowd of the year were treated to the Crew remaining undefeated at home. RBNY, not unexpectedly, drew under 10,600 as they lost again to visiting Chivas USA. The surprise to me was the 20,162 at the Home Depot Center. With Becks, Donovan and Ljungberg on the pregame menu, I would have expected a near sellout.

This weekend marked the first MLS home game for the Galaxy with Beckham in the squad. Becks proceeded to get red carded in the 17th minute. 5 minutes later Seattle ended their scoring drought of over 330 minutes. Good thing this wasn’t the national TV game with Ljungberg and Donovan on the bench(until the 2nd half) and Becks carded so early.

Last week I posted the Beckham ‘away game’ effect. With one game played at home in 2009, here is the statistically irrelevant ‘home game’ effect table.

Beckham Home Game Effect
 WithWithout(9)With(1)
 20082009+/- +/-
 Att 228,132  173,632  -54,500 -23.89% 20,162 N/A-20.46%
 Avg 25,348  19,292  -6,056  20,162  -5,186 


YTD – 155 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,897    12,311   30.13%  16.03% 
 2006   15,263    13,056   21.29%  16.77% 
 2007   16,022    14,640   9.68%  23.23% 
 2008   16,423    15,118   11.61%  25.16% 
 2009   15,764    14,516   14.84%  19.35% 

Week 22 Games
 
Toronto2TFC Connected
DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
FC Dallas03rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
Seattle2Seattle Times
 
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Chicago2Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog




Week 22 Weird Factoid

Every game ended with a clean sheet. One game, RSL/Houston, was a double clean sheet match.

Streaking

  • Columbus is unbeaten in 8.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • DCU has not won on the road(9 matches).
  • KC has no wins in its last 5.
  • RBNY hasn’t won in 13.
  • San Jose and RBNY are winless on the road.


    Just Some Stuff

    The CONCACAF Champions League group phase begins this week. DC United, Houston and Columbus will be representing MLS in the regional club championship. RBNY and Toronto FC were eliminated in the preliminaries.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Aug 18-19Aug 26
    Group Game 1Group Game 2
    DCU and Columbus play Aug 18, 26
    Houston plays Aug 19, 26

    =====

    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. The final is on September 2 at RFK stadium in DC.

    Just because I liked it… an article about a fan experience at an MLS match.

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