MLS attendance report: Oct. 12, 2009

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After week 30 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 30209 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  18,417   6  15,969   15,108   192 
 2006  20,277  10.10%  6  16,247  1.74%  15,402  1.94%  192 
 2007  20,575  1.47%  7  16,600  2.18%  16,812  9.16%  195 
 2008  16,822  -18.24%  8  16,445  -0.94%  16,914  0.60%  203 
 2009  13,954  -17.05%  4  15,842  -3.67%  15,832  -6.40%  209 

YTD – 209 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   15,969    14,452   16.12%  22.84% 
 2006   16,247    14,817   12.58%  24.50% 
 2007   16,600    15,264   9.65%  27.23% 
 2008   16,445    15,118   11.00%  24.88% 
 2009   15,842    14,516   15.79%  19.62% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(209):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0  30,739  NA 14  94.87%  32,400 
 Toronto 20,110  91.50%  20,342  1.15%  14  92.55%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 25,938  96.07%  19,946  -23.10%  14  73.87%  27,000 
 Real Salt Lake 15,773  77.50%  16,208  2.76%  13  76.04%  19,340 
 Houston 15,980  71.02%  16,160  1.13%  14  71.82%  22,500 
 D.C. United 20,061  89.16%  16,075  -19.87%  14  71.44%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 15,010  55.59%  15,349  2.26%  13  56.85%  27,000 
 Chicago 17,303  86.51%  14,485  -16.28%  14  72.43%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 14,267  71.34%  14,279  0.08%  14  71.39%  20,000 
 San Jose 13,713  89.93%  14,114  2.93%  15  79.64%  10,300 
 NE Revolution 17,639  78.39%  13,422  -23.90%  14  59.65%  22,500 
 Colorado Rapids 13,659  75.52%  12,331  -9.72%  15  68.18%  18,086 
 FC Dallas 12,946  61.09%  12,241  -5.45%  14  52.48%  21,193 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 15,741  62.49%  11,861  -24.65%  14  47.09%  25,189 
 KC Wizards 10,843  104.41%  10,022  -7.57%  13  96.50%  10,385 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations – Additional disclaimer note: I factored in the Dallas game at the Cotton Bowl as 100% capacity of 51,012.

Observations

Week 30 games drew 13,954. A light schedule, 4 games as the final round of World Cup Qualifiers are being played. San Jose’s last home game was not a sellout. That’s a big surprise(at least to me) in that it was a win or go home situation for the Quakes. I can understand why the proposed stadium’s capacity is significantly under 20,000. No such problems in Toronto where over 20,500 were on hand. A so-so crowd showed up in New England, just about on average for the season which hasn’t been great. Chivas USA booked passage to the playoffs in front of a smallish home crowd of under 13,000. Perhaps, like myself they were in a pub or at home keeping track of the US Men, who were playing at around the same time.


Week 30 Games
 
San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Toronto1TFC Connected
San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
New England0Revolution Soccer
Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
 
Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road




So How Are They Doing?

Points after 209 Games
 PtsGP PPGGDH/A
 Columbus 49  28  1.75  12  1/1 
 Chivas USA 44  27  1.63  5  2/1 
 Houston 44  28  1.57  9  1/1 
 Los Angeles 44  28  1.57  3  1/1 
 Seattle 41  28  1.46  7  1/1 
 Chicago 41  28  1.46  4  1/1 
 Colorado 40  28  1.43  8  0/2 
 New England 38  28  1.36  -5  1/1 
 Dallas 36  28  1.29  3  1/1 
 DC United 36  28  1.29  -2  1/1 
 Toronto FC 36  28  1.29  -5  1/1 
 Real Salt Lake 34  27  1.26  4  2/1 
 Kansas City 32  28  1.14  -8  2/0 
 San Jose 29  28  1.04  -12  1/1 
 NY Red Bull 18  28  0.64  -23  1/1 


Playoffs: In: LA, Houston, Chivas USA, Columbus – Out: RBNY, San Jose.

Dallas eliminated San Jose while enhancing its own improbable run with a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw.
Toronto dropped 2 points at home when San Jose played spoiler with a stoppage time goal to draw level. This is a serious blow to TFC’s chances of making the post season.

New England fell behind on a freak goal and despite having a man advantage for much of the 2nd half, were unable to draw level. The Revs still control their own destiny, but have two tough matches remaining, against, the Fire and finishing against the Crew in Columbus .For Columbus, it’s a step closer to claiming its 2nd consecutive Supporters’ Shield and with it a berth in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.

Chivas USA, who a few weeks ago along with New England had the advantage of games in hand, has made the most of it(unlike the Revs) and have a legitimate chance to win the west. They are level on points with Houston and LA and have a game in hand. After losing to the goats, the Wizards are only mathematically capable making it to the final 8. They’re down 6 points with 2 games to play.

Final Faders

A few weeks ago the fight for the playoffs was a crowded affair. Now with just 2 games left for the contenders(3 for RSL), the playoff chasers(pretenders) have only themselves to blame after a period of poor results …

  • New England – 5 points gained from last 7 matches.
  • DC United – 3 losses in a row.
  • Toronto – 6 points gained from last 7 matches.
  • Salt Lake – 1 point gained from last 3 matches.
  • Kansas City – 2 points gained from last 3 matches.


And then there’s Dallas, who have earned 13 points in its last 6 matches. Gotta admit, I’m pulling for them.

Playoff Contenders Remaining SchedulePoints
 Pts    Home Away
 Seattle 41  KC FCD  24  17 
 Colorado 40  FCD RSL  29  11 
 New England 38  CHI CLB  24  14 
 DC United 36  CLB KC  23  13 
 Toronto FC 36  RSL NY  25  11 
 Dallas 36  COL SEA  25  11 
 Real Salt Lake 34  NY TFC COL 26  8 
 Kansas City 32  SEA DCU  16  16 
shaded = away game


Top 3 tiebreakers.(MLS 2009 Rules of Competition)

    1. The highest position shall be awarded to the team with the better win/loss record in current regular season games against all other teams equal in points. (head-to-head competition)
    2. If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team with the greater goal difference against all other teams during the regular season. (goal differential)
    3. If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team scoring the greatest number of total goals against all other teams during the regular season. (total goals)


Streaking

  • FC Dallas has no lost at home in 7(6 wins).
  • RBNY is winless on the road.
  • TFC has not lost home in 6 straight.
  • Colorado and TFC have not won on the road in 7 straight.
  • RSL is unbeaten in 8 home games.
  • Seattle is scoreless in last 4 home games.
  • Chicago is winless in 5(3 draws).


MLS Throw Ins

After the Portland Timbers were knocked out of the USL-1 playoffs, DC United signed former San Jose and Los Angeles GK Steve Cronin on a transfer for the last 2 games of the season.

The Dynamo defeated Mexican Primera club Monterrey in the first annual Charities Cup at Robertson Stadium.




MLS In CONCACAF Champions League

In Group A, Houston lost at home to Pachuca. They need help in the last match to move on. Árabe Unido will have to lose on its visit to Pachuca while Houston must win at Metapan. Houston holds the tiebreaker over Árabe Unido. DC United stayed strong in Group B this week, with a win over San Juan Jabloteh(T&T). They also hold the tiebreaker advantage over Marathón. Columbus lost to group leaders Cruz Azul, ending its long undefeated(all competitions) home streak. For DCU and Columbus, advancement is in their own control, win and they’re in. Houston must win and Árabe Unido must lose in order to advance.

2.3 CONCACAF Tie-Breaker Procedures

In the event two teams are tied on aggregate goals scored at the end of Regulation time in the 2nd Leg (Preliminary Round or Championship Stage) or on points (Group Stage) the following tie-breaker criteria shall be applied, in order, to determine the winning team or ranking of teams.

Phase 2: Group Stage


  • Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned
  • Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned
  • Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams concerned

CONCACAF Champions League
 Awdlptsdiff
 Pachuca(MEX) 4  0  1  12  10 
 Arabe Unido(PAN) 3  1  1  10  5 
 Houston(USA) 2  1  2  7  2 
 Isidro Metapan(SLV) 0  0  5  0  -17 
 B     
 Toluca(MEX) 4  0  1  12  11 
 DC United(USA) 3  0  2  9  4 
 CD Marathon(HON) 3  0  2  9  -4 
 San Juan Jabloteh(T&T) 0  0  5  0  -11 
 C     
 Cruz Azul(MEX) 4  1  0  13  11 
 Columbus(USA) 2  1  2  7  -4 
 Saprissa(CRC) 1  2  2  5  -1 
 Puerto Rico(CFU) 0  2  3  2  -6 
 D     
 Pumas UNAM(MEX) 4  1  0  13  10 
 Comunicaciones(GUA) 2  0  3  6  -3 
 Real Espana(HON) 2  0  3  6  -7 
 W Connection(T&T) 1  1  3  4  0 

CONCACAF Champions League
Oct 21-22
Group Game 6
Columbus plays Oct 20
DCU plays Oct 20
Houston plays Oct 21


Columbus’ upcoming schedule is: Oct 17 MLS
DC United’s upcoming schedule is: Oct 17 MLS
Houston’s upcoming schedule is: Oct 18 MLS


USMNT/MLS Scheduling – FUBAR Once Again

On October 14 the US Men play their final WC qualifer at 8pm ET. RBNY play Real Salt Lake in Utah at 10pm ET. Is there a legitimate reason this match couldn’t be played on the 13th? Both teams had the weekend off. The situation has only this past weekend become mitigated with the US victory over Honduras, making this match meaningless for the US, although not for Costa Rica.

FIFA U-20 World Cup – US Fails to Advance

The performance of the US U-20’s in Egypt has resulted in quite a few articles on the state of player development in the US. Several mentions about the lack of an MLS reserve league. More on that later in the week.

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