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MLS attendance report: Nov. 9, 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
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 2nd Leg
 Avg+/-Home Teams
 2005  14,400 NA New England Dallas San Jose DC United
 2006  15,938  10.69%  New England Dallas Houston DC United
 2007  19,838  24.47%  New England Chivas USA Houston DC United
 2008  19,444  -1.99%  Chicago Columbus Houston Chivas USA
 2009  21,526  10.71%  Chicago Columbus Houston Los Angeles
Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
 2005  13,273 NA CHI, COL, DAL, DCU, LA, NE, RBNY, SJ
 2006  12,736  -4.05%  CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY
 2007  17,041  33.81%  CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
 2008  14,960  -12.22%  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009  20,755  38.74%  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA


The 2nd legs of the conference semifinals began with an extremely disappointing crowd of just over 10,000 in Columbus. This showing was so poor as to prompt Jason Davis of Match Fit USA to write that it’s time for the Crew to move. No such issues in Chicago, whose fans didn’t turn out in great numbers during the regular season, but sold out Toyota Park, with 21,528 in attendance. In Houston, 27,400 saw the Dynamo eliminate the Sounders. The round finished off with a sellout at the HDC.

The home offices of MLS must be feeling pretty good. As you can see from the above table, the quarterfinal round of the playoffs drew over 38% higher attendance averages than last year, despite less than stellar turnouts in Columbus, New England and Salt Lake.

Playoff Games – 2nd Leg
RSL Advances 4-2
Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
Real Salt Lake3RSL – Behind the Shield
Chicago Advances 3-2
Chicago2Chicago Fire Confidential
New England0Revolution Soccer
Houston Advances 1-0
Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Seattle0Seattle Times
Los Angeles Advances 3-2
Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
Chivas USA0Chivas USA – MLSNet

MLS Final Four

Los Angeles hosts Houston Fri, Nov 13, 11pm ET – Chicago will host RSL Sat, Nov 14, 7pm ET

It seems as though Bob Bradley will have to eliminate Landon Donovan, Rico Clark, Stuart Holden and Brian Ching for consideration for the upcoming USMNT friendlies against Slovakia(Nov 14) and Denmark(Nov 18). But with Columbus’ loss, expect two-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall to get a call.

MLS Throw Ins

  • Tom Soehn will not be at the helm of DC United next year.
  • Despite playing every minute of every game, Revs rookie Darius Barnes was not in the final list for Rookie of the Year.
  • Dilly Duka, USMNT U-20 player, Red Bull Academy and Rutgers star is reported by Steve Goff to have signed a 4 year contract with MLS. Look for him to land with the Red Bulls who hold the 2nd pick in the January MLS SuperDraft.

    And …

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

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    1. CleartheBall

      November 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

      RSL attendance would have been much better NOT on Halloween. Friday night would have been great.

    2. dan

      November 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm

      well columbus had 2 things going against them. 1 is was very cold that night and 2. the local media sucks at promoting the crew.
      basically Crew fans are just going to have to take a more grass roots aproach to keep there team in columbus.

      personally i support picketing the local news media until they start helping on supporting the MLS Teams.

    3. Rex

      November 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      63,000 people came out to watch the Dynamo and Seattle series. I am sure that’s got to rank towards the top. Throw in Galaxy/Chivas and you have 115,000. That’s probably the highest numbers the western conference has ever seen.

    4. Charles

      November 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

      Was it just because I am in pain, or was the only team he mentioned being eliminated, the Sounders ?…..ouch.

      MLS had to be nervous about the 1st leg crowds and the Columbus crowd to start the 2nd half.
      I just don’t get the disparity. At all.

    5. Rob

      November 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

      Davis said he wrote the piece “tongue in cheek,” but he still provided an interesting point of view. Great crowds for the most part, though.

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