Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

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After week 24 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 24172 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  16,101   5  14,930   14,897   156 
 2006  14,880  -7.58%  6  15,109  1.20%  15,129  1.56%  159 
 2007  17,987  20.88%  8  16,425  8.71%  16,118  6.54%  159 
 2008  16,016  -10.95%  7  16,384  -0.25%  16,925  5.00%  161 
 2009  16,148  0.82%  8  15,841  -3.31%  15,829  -6.48%  172 

YTD – 172 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,930    12,368   28.90%  16.76% 
 2006   15,109    13,084   20.93%  16.86% 
 2007   16,425    14,900   8.72%  26.16% 
 2008   16,384    15,078   11.63%  24.42% 
 2009   15,841    14,573   15.70%  19.77% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(172):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0.00%  30,587  NA 13  94.40%  32,400 
 Toronto 20,147  91.67%  20,308  0.80%  12  92.40%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 25,648  94.99%  20,072  -21.74%  11  74.34%  27,000 
 ChivasUSA 15,557  57.62%  16,107  3.53%  10  59.65%  27,000 
 Real Salt Lake 14,889  72.85%  16,091  8.08%  12  74.91%  19,340 
 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 
 Chicago 17,257  86.29%  14,113  -18.22%  12  70.56%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 13,569  67.84%  13,660  0.67%  11  68.30%  20,000 
 NE Revolution 18,673  82.99%  13,561  -27.38%  11  60.27%  22,500 
 Colorado Rapids 13,677  75.62%  12,614  -7.77%  12  69.75%  18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 15,986  63.46%  12,070  -24.49%  12  47.92%  25,189 
 KC Wizards 11,118  107.06%  10,010  -9.97%  11  96.39%  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 24 games drew 16,148, despite poor crowds at New England, Colorado and the Meadowlands(rain). RSL kept its playoff hopes alive against Chivas USA in front of over 14,700 in their midweek clash. Seattle had its usual full house for fellow MLS 2.0 club Toronto. Rain from Hurricane Danny kept the gate under 8,000 in New England. KC had a near sellout for its match with RSL. Over 16,300 at Toyota Park were disappointed by the continued poor play of their club at home. LA had its first sellout of the season(they had 7 at this point last year). Under 11,000 turned out for the Rapids’ matchup with league leaders Houston. And it was a little worse at the Meadowlands for a replay of the 2008 MLS Cup Final(Ok keep your laughing under control).

The only thing that could have been better for MLS publicity would have been an earlier start time for the SuperClasico at the HDC. Natural rivals vying for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs(I don’t see Houston being overtaken), a sellout atmoshere, and Beckham scores the game winner late in the game.

In 2009, RBNY has been the poster boy for disaster on the field. Off the field, FC Dallas holds that honor. The only club averaging less than 10,000 per game, FCD has played 10 different opponents at home. It comes as no surprise that for 8 of them it’s been the lowest road attendance of the season. As a sidebar, 7 of the 15 teams are drawing more on the road than at home. Last year, 8 of the 14 teams had higher attendances on the road than at home.

 2009 Home Avg Away AvgHome minus Away
 Chicago 14,113  17,377  Away (3265) 
 Chivas USA 16,107  14,502  Home 1604  
 Colorado 12,614  16,216  Away (3602) 
 Columbus 13,660  18,813  Away (5153) 
 D.C. United 15,887  15,096  Home 791  
 FC Dallas 9,229  14,252  Away (5023) 
 Houston 15,938  14,120  Home 1817  
 Kansas City 10,010  16,824  Away (6814) 
 Los Angeles 20,072  19,078  Home 995  
 New England 13,561  16,193  Away (2633) 
 RBNY 12,070  17,076  Away (5006) 
 Real Salt Lake 16,091  14,214  Home 1877  
 San Jose 15,137  13,893  Home 1244  
 Seattle 30,587  14,541  Home 16046  
 Toronto FC 20,308  15,007  Home 5301  


Week 24 Games
 
Real Salt Lake4RSL – Behind the Shield
Chivas USA0Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Seattle0Seattle Times
Toronto0TFC Connected
 
New England2Revolution Soccer
San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
Chivas USA0Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Colorado1Undercurrent
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
RBNY1Red Bulls Reader
Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra


Did you notice that 5 of the 8 games ended 1-0?





So How Are They Doing?

Points after 172 Games
 PtsGP PPGGD
 Houston 40  25  1.60  9 
 Columbus 39  23  1.70  9 
 Chicago 38  24  1.58  5 
 Los Angeles 38  24  1.58  5 
 Seattle 34  24  1.42  6 
 Colorado 33  22  1.50  8 
 Real Salt Lake 33  24  1.38  8 
 New England 33  21  1.57  0 
 Chivas USA 33  22  1.50  -1 
 DC United 32  23  1.39  1 
 Toronto FC 31  23  1.35  -3 
 Dallas 23  22  1.05  -4 
 Kansas City 21  21  1.00  -9 
 San Jose 20  22  0.91  -13 
 NY Red Bull 16  24  0.67  -21 


Games in hand will be critical. RSL and Seattle might be the most vulnerable to being overtaken for playoff positions. DCU, unbeaten at home, will play 5 of its last 7 at RFK. Columbus is poised to overtake Houston for the Supporters’ Shield with its 2 games in hand.




Streaking

  • LA is unbeaten in 6 road games.
  • Columbus(11 games) and DC United(10 games) are unbeaten at home.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • FC Dallas has lost 4 straight on the road.
  • KC has no wins in its last 7(5 losses).
  • RBNY has won 2 in a row!
  • RBNY is winless on the road.
  • Colorado is winless on the road in its last 4.


    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.

    After 2 group play matches in the CONCACAF Champions League Houston has 4 points, Columbus has 3 points, while DC United sit last in Group B with 0 points.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Sep 15-16Sep 22-24
    Group Game 3Group Game 4
    Houston plays Sep 15, 22
    Columbus plays Sep 16, 23
    DCU plays Sep 16, 24

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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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    Congratualtions!

    Richmond wins USL-2 Title

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    They COULD HAVE Gotten it Right

    Well, what can you say? First the good: MLS scheduled only 3 games this coming weekend, which is a FIFA International calendar period. That surely minimized any potential conflict for many possible USMNT’ers who might be called into service for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. In fact, for US players, only Conor Casey, on September 5th, stands to miss a match if he’s selected. Not the solution many fans want, which would be no MLS matches during FIFA International periods, but a lot better than having a full slate of games on the schedule. Now the WTF!: The USMNT game v El Salvador is at 8pm ET, the three MLS matches start at 7:30, 8:00 and 10:00 ET. Are you kidding me? Wait, it gets better. On Wednesday, Sep 9, the US travels to Trinidad and Tobago and will play at 7pm ET. MLS has ONE midweek match scheduled, on you guessed it, Wed the 9th. Not only that, it begins at 8:00pm ET. There are no words.

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    1. Rob August 31, 2009
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