MLS attendance report: Sept. 13, 2009

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After week 26 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 26183 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  13,173   9  14,968   14,823   171 
 2006  15,419  17.05%  7  15,310  2.29%  15,014  1.29%  174 
 2007  23,104  49.84%  7  16,553  8.12%  16,526  10.07%  174 
 2008  16,948  -26.64%  6  16,417  -0.82%  16,875  2.11%  174 
 2009  14,973  -11.65%  8  15,710  -4.31%  15,699  -6.97%  183 

YTD – 183 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,968    12,494   28.57%  17.03% 
 2006   15,310    13,824   19.67%  18.58% 
 2007   16,553    15,033   8.74%  27.32% 
 2008   16,417    15,038   11.48%  25.14% 
 2009   15,710    14,516   15.85%  19.13% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(183):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0.00%  30,587  NA 13  94.40%  32,400 
 Toronto 20,110  91.50%  20,324  1.07%  13  92.47%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 25,761  95.41%  19,912  -22.71%  12  73.75%  27,000 
 Real Salt Lake 15,773  77.50%  16,208  2.76%  13  76.04%  19,340 
 Houston 16,155  71.80%  15,938  -1.35%  12  70.84%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 15,253  56.49%  15,673  2.75%  11  58.05%  27,000 
 D.C. United 19,402  86.23%  15,542  -19.90%  12  69.07%  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 13,848  69.24%  13,714  -0.97%  12  68.57%  20,000 
 NE Revolution 17,751  78.89%  13,221  -25.52%  12  58.76%  22,500 
 Colorado Rapids 13,565  75.00%  12,476  -8.02%  13  68.98%  18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 15,894  63.10%  11,929  -24.95%  13  47.36%  25,189 
 KC Wizards 11,118  107.06%  10,010  -9.97%  11  96.39%  10,385 
 FC Dallas 13,494  63.67%  9,311  -31.00%  12  43.94%  21,193 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 26 games drew 1X,XXX. DCU struggled to draw over 8,000 midweek, about half their season average, in another bonehead scheduled match. Starting just 20 minutes after the critical US/T&T contest, it’s no wonder. This match was rescheduled to make room for the Real Madrid friendly on August 9. But DCU and KC both played on Sep 5 and Sep 12, so moving the game to either Tuesday or Thursday would not have disadvantaged one over the other. Moving on. TFC just plain sells out and did so again for the Rapids visit. DC United and Seattle were at it again at RFK in front of over 19,500. They drew over 17,300 for the US Open Cup Final last week(Wed). RBNY were officially eliminated from the playoffs in front of just over 10,200. RSL upped its seasonal average with a turnout of over 17,600. LA’s defense imploded before a sub-par(for LA) 18,148, while Chivas USA took a hit on its YTD average with 11,334 for a noon start. The top of the table tilt at Crew Stadium pulled in

A great time of year. Every game had playoff implications, from the gaggle in the middle to KC holding on mathematically. Also the berth in the CONCACAF Champions League at stake for the winner of the Supporters’ Shield(best regular season record) as Columbus and Houston went head to head.

Player notes:

  • San Jose will be without Darren Huckerby for the rest of the season. Huckerby had hip surgery this week.
  • San Jose acquired defender Bobby Burling from Chivas USA.
  • RBNY signs its first academy player.
  • TFC signs its first designated player, Julian de Guzman.
  • DC United acquire Lawson Vaughn.


    Week 26 Games
     
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Toronto3TFC Connected
    Colorado2Undercurrent
     
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Seattle2Seattle Times
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Chicago1Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Los Angeles3LA – Official Blog
    FC Dallas63rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
    New England0Revolution Soccer
     
    Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas





    So How Are They Doing?

    Points after 183 Games
     PtsGP PPGGDH/A
     Columbus 42  24  1.75  10  2/4 
     Houston 40  26  1.54  8  3/1 
     Chicago 39  25  1.56  5  3/2 
     Los Angeles 38  25  1.52  2  3/2 
     Seattle 37  25  1.48  7  2/3 
     Colorado 36  24  1.50  8  3/3 
     DC United 36  26  1.38  1  3/1 
     Chivas USA 36  23  1.57  1  4/3 
     Real Salt Lake 34  25  1.36  8  2/3 
     Toronto FC 34  25  1.36  -3  2/3 
     New England 33  23  1.43  -4  3/4 
     Dallas 27  24  1.13  -1  3/3 
     Kansas City 27  24  1.13  -7  4/2 
     San Jose 20  22  0.91  -13  4/4 
     NY Red Bull 16  25  0.64  -22  2/3 


    Games in hand will be critical. New England’s loss to Chivas USA hurt, but with 3 games in hand over DCU may still have a good chance to make the playoffs. DCU, however, will play 3 of its last 4 at RFK. And all San Jose has to do is win out with games in hand on every other team. OK, so I made a funny. Columbus is poised to win the Supporters’ Shield with its 2 games in hand. Remaining games, home and away are in the last column.




    Streaking

  • LA is unbeaten in 6 road games.
  • Columbus(12 games) are unbeaten at home.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • RBNY and San Jose are winless on the road.
  • Colorado has not won on the road in 5 straight(4 losses on the bounce).
  • TFC has not lost home in 5 straight.
  • RSL is unbeaten in 8 home games.


    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



    USMNT/MLS Scheduling – FUBAR Once Again

    On October 10, when the US plays its penultimate WC qualifier in Honduras, MLS once again has matches scheduled. San Jose at TFC at 4pm ET, Columbus at New England at 7:30pm ET and the Wizards at Chivas USA at 10:30pm ET. The time of the US match has been tentatively set for 8pm ET. It may not matter, however, for as of this writing, the game will not be televised in the US. Yeah, unbelievable, I know, but the rights are held outside of the US and therefore are beyond the control of anyone in the US soccer or broadcasting world.

    On October 14 the US Men play their final WC qualifer at 8pm ET. RBNY play Real Salt Lake in Utah at 10pm ET.

    Young Guns Head to Egypt For The FIFA U-20 World Cup

    MLS Players on the US U-20 roster include:

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas)

    DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Davies (FC Dallas)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Gerson Mayén (Chivas USA)

    FORWARDS (4): Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

    The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup runs from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt. The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26(10am ET) before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29(12:45pm ET) and rounding out group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2(12:45pm ET).

    FC Dallas will lose 4 players to the FIFA U-20 World Cup. During that time FCD has matches on Sep 26, 30, Oct 9 and Oct 17. It might not seem like much now, but if they make an improbable run for the playoffs, those matches will be the ones that determines if they make it for the first time in 3 years. Anthony Wallace was an original selection but has been replaced by Chivas USA’s Gerson Mayén due to injury.

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