MLS attendance report: Aug. 25, 2009

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After week 23 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 23164 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  15,133   7  14,807   14,857   151 
 2006  11,814  -21.93%  10  15,065  1.74%  15,139  1.89%  153 
 2007  17,413  47.39%  7  16,126  7.04%  16,019  5.82%  151 
 2008  19,222  10.39%  6  16,393  1.65%  16,966  5.91%  154 
 2009  16,665  -13.31%  9  15,826  -3.46%  15,813  -6.80%  164 

YTD – 164 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,807    12,305   29.70%  15.76% 
 2006   15,065    12,979   21.34%  16.46% 
 2007   16,126    14,680   9.15%  24.39% 
 2008   16,393    15,188   11.59%  24.39% 
 2009   15,826    14,573   15.24%  19.51% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(164):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0.00%  30,412  NA 12  95.04%  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 15,557  57.62%  16,107  3.53%  10  59.65%  27,000 
 Houston 16,155  71.80%  15,938  -1.35%  12  70.84%  22,500 
 D.C. United 19,993  88.86%  15,887  -20.53%  10  70.61%  22,500 
 San Jose 14,917  90.48%  15,137  1.48%  12  77.31%  10,300 
 NE Revolution 16,615  73.85%  14,188  -14.61%  10  63.06%  22,500 
 Chicago 17,288  86.44%  13,912  -19.53%  11  69.56%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 13,569  67.84%  13,660  0.67%  11  68.30%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 13,628  75.35%  12,771  -6.29%  11  70.61%  18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 16,376  65.01%  12,229  -25.32%  11  48.55%  25,189 
 KC Wizards 11,118  107.06%  10,019  -9.89%  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

Note I grabbed Sunday’s Fire/Rapids attendance from the good folks at MLS Daily as MLSnet has yet to post. Good job getting Chicago’s gate TJ.

Observations

Week 23 games drew 16,665, despite poor crowds at San Jose, New England and the Meadowlands(rain). Chicago had its first sellout for the Galaxy’s visit. The normal Seattle sellout helps for comparitive purposes as this week last year the Revs drew over 39,000 in New England for Becks. Rain most likely kept the crowd down in DC, where they still pulled in over 22,000 for Goldenball’s appearance, a drop of over 13,800 from last year’s nearly 36,000. San Jose’s poor play is showing at the gate, especially against a weak Kansas City opponent, as they only drew 9,031. Chivas USA’s season keeps percolating along with a decent(not great) crowd of over 15,000. Didn’t expect a big crowd for the Red Bulls and Dallas, rain at kickoff didn’t help: 9,648. Alert! Red Bulls Win! New England drew a tepid 10,552 for its RSL match. Houston pulled in over 17,000 as the Sounders came to town.

Last week I posted the Beckham statistically irrelevant ‘home game’ effect(only 1 home game with Becks). With the Gals on the road for 2 games this week, thought I’d update the ‘away game’ effect table.

Beckham Road Game Effect
With Beckham
 20082009+/-
 RBNY 46,754  23,238  -23,516  -50.30% 
 KC 26,113  11,906  -14,207  -54.41% 
 NE 39,256  26,623  -12,633  -32.18% 
 CHI 20,156  20,000  -156  -0.77% 
 DCU 35,979  22,134  -13,845  -38.48% 
     
 Total 168,258  103,901  -64,357  -38.25% 


Week 23 Games
 
Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
 
Seattle0Seattle Times
New England1Revolution Soccer
 
DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
 
San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
Toronto0TFC Connected
 
RBNY2Red Bulls Reader
FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Chicago3Chicago Fire Confidential
Colorado2Undercurrent
 
New England3Revolution Soccer
Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Seattle1Seattle Times




So How Are They Doing?

Points after 164 Games
 PtsGP PPGGD
 Houston 40  24  1.67  10 
 Columbus 39  22  1.77  10 
 Chicago 38  23  1.65  6 
 Los Angeles 35  23  1.52  4 
 Seattle 33  23  1.43  6 
 Chivas USA 33  20  1.65  4 
 Colorado 30  21  1.43  7 
 New England 30  20  1.50  -1 
 Toronto FC 30  22  1.36  -3 
 DC United 29  22  1.32  0 
 Real Salt Lake 27  22  1.23  3 
 Dallas 23  22  1.05  -4 
 Kansas City 21  20  1.05  -8 
 San Jose 20  21  0.95  -12 
 NY Red Bull 13  23  0.57  -22 


Notice that the last 3 teams in playoff positions have games in hand over the teams chasing them. Seattle might be the most vulnerable to being overtaken.




Streaking

  • LA is unbeaten in 6 road games.
  • Columbus is unbeaten in 8.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • DCU has not won on the road since April 26(9 matches).
  • Columbus(11matches) and DCU(10 matches) have not lost at home.
  • KC has no wins in its last 6(4 losses).
  • RBNY has won 1 in a row.
  • RBNY is winless on the road.


    Just Some Stuff

    The CONCACAF Champions League group phase began last week. DC United, Houston and Columbus are representing MLS in the regional club championship. RBNY and Toronto FC were eliminated in the preliminaries.

    Houston defeated Isidro Metápan and Columbus beat Puerto Rico in their opening matches, played at home, while DC United lost on the road to Marathón.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Aug 26Sep 15-16
    Group Game 2Group Game 3
    Houston plays Aug 26, Sep 15
    DCU and Columbus play Aug 26, Sep 16


    I believe Houston’s participation in recent SuperLiga and CONCACAF Champions Cup/League tourneys was a contributing factor in signing their first Designated Player, Luis Landín, a 24 yr old striker, on a 16 month loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul.

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

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