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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.

    =====

    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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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. soccer goals

    August 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    DC United always does well.

  2. Brad

    August 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    DC United outdrew the Washington Nationals/Milwaukee Brewer game (19,374).

  3. Tom

    August 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Attendence numbers a bit worrying. I think the big friendly games this summer sucked some attention from MLS, and there is less padding with double headers. Here in Colorado, we are still recovering from having Fernando Cliejvo, he played an inexcusably boring style. We also had no Beckham game this year, and our July 4rth game is loosing its pazazz.

  4. Berlin

    August 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Houston played Pachuca a couple of seasons ago when Landin played for them. Both coaches and players have stated that the interest in the move stemmed from that game.

  5. Gitecmo

    August 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Houston did not play in the SuperLiga.

    The Landin signing is solid because he can give Ching some needed time off during league play (since Landin cannot play in the CCL) and when Ching is gone for national duty. Also, Ching may be gone next year so best to have a replacement for the man.

    • Rex

      August 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      I think he is talking about over the last few years. Not just this year.

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