MLS attendance report: Nov. 1, 2009


The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg
 Avg+/-Home Teams
 2005  12,147 NA Chicago NY Colorado Los Angeles
 2006  9,533  -21.52%  Chicago NY Colorado Chivas USA
 2007  14,245  49.42%  Chicago NY Dallas Kansas City
 2008  10,476  -26.46%  New England NY Salt Lake Kansas City
 2009  19,985  90.77%  New England Seattle Salt Lake Chivas USA


No big surprise that Seattle packed in over 35,000 for their playoff debut. But a bit of a surprise that Salt Lake only drew 11,499 compared to last year’s first leg,14,719. A pathetically small crowd showed up at Gillette Stadium for the Revs/Fire match. The Chivas USA home leg of the HDC Bowl drew a hefty 25,000+.

And just to pre-empt the inevitable comments like ‘well without Seattle’s home game…’, the 3 non-Seattle games averaged 14,711, still a significant increase over the 1st legs in ’08. My comment, get over it. Seattle is a part of the league, and a good part at that. We should only hope that Philadelphia, Vancouver and Portland come close to equally Seattle’s successful entry into MLS.

Fan Revolution Needed in New England

The Revs have played 15 home playoff matches, excluding the 2002 MLS Cup Final. Average attendance: 10,097. Games with under 10,000 in attendance: 8. Now I know the stadium is not readily accessible to many fans, but this is a 4 time MLS Cup finalist.

Playoff Games – 1st Leg
Seattle0Seattle Times
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
New England2Revolution Soccer
Chicago1Chicago Fire Confidential
Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog

MLS Throw Ins

  • The 8 teams allowing the fewest goals are in the playoffs.
  • 3 of the top 8 scoring teams are not in the playoffs – Dallas(1), DC United(2), Colorado(4).
  • San Jose allowed the most goals this season(50), 12 fewer than last year’s 62 allowed by LA.
  • New England took the fewest shots, but Seattle had the fewest shots on goal.
  • Toronto were offsides more than any other team.
  • Chivas USA committed the most fouls.
  • Seattle suffered the most fouls.
  • 30.7% of the games ended in a draw compared to 27.1% in 2008.
  • New England rookie Darius Barnes played every minute of every game.
  • RSL scored the most goals in the final 15 mintues(18). TFC scored the fewest(2).
  • FCD allowed the most goals in the final 15 mintues(14). Colorado allowed the fewest(5).

    And …

    The US team advances to the round of 16 in the FIFA Men’s U-17 World Cup.

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