Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

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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)
 Avg+/-Teams
 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
Semifinals Totals
 Avg+/-Teams
 2005  15,454  NANE v CHI – COL v LA
 2006  21,330  38.02% DCU v NE – HOU v COL
 2007  20,645  -3.21% NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2008  17,348  -15.97% CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2009  23,548  35.74% LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
Playoff Totals
 Avg+/-Teams
 2005  13,709  NAMLS Cup 2009
 Los Angeles v Real Salt Lake
 Sun, Nov 22, 8:30pm
 2006  14,455  5.44% 
 2007  17,762  22.88% 
 2008  15,437  -13.09% 
 2009  21,314  38.07% 

Observations


The semifinals began with a near sellout at the HDC. Maybe a bit disappointing, but still a strong 25,000+. Toyota Park however was sold out by midweek. Another great showing for the league’s championship series.

While the league must be disappointed from a marketing standpoint that Chicago failed to join Los Angeles in MLS Cup ’09, they must also be very pleased about the live attendance to the 2009 playoffs. Leading up the the final match, the 2009 playoffs are the highest attended in league history, more than 3,500 per game higher than the previous top mark of 17,762 in 2007.


MLS Quarterfinals – 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 Semifinals
Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
Chicago0(4)Chicago Fire Confidential
Real Salt Lake0(5)RSL – Behind the Shield


MLS Cup

Los Angeles v Salt Lake Sun, Nov 22, 8:30 pm ET on ESPN




Unless they change the rules again …

MLS in 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League

  • Columbus – Supporters’ Shield Winner
  • Seattle – Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Winner
  • Los Angeles – MLS Cup Finalist
  • Real Salt Lake – MLS Cup Finalist


    MLS in 2010 SuperLiga

  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • Chivas USA
  • New England


    MLS Throw Ins

  • Preki out of Chivas USA, in at TFC? (He played with Mo Johnston in KC)
  • Cousin Brucie(for all of you old timer easterners) Arena won MLS Coach of the Year honors for the 2nd time.
  • Is MLS lurking in the background of the USL/TOA situation?
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez wins MLS Rookie of the Year, the 2nd year running for a Galaxy defender(Franklin).
  • Of the 10 players Seattle selected in the expansion draft, 7 remain were on the roster as season’s end.

    And …

    The US team lost a friendly to Slovakia in Bratislava. They’ll play Denmark on Nov 18.

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    1. eplnfl November 15, 2009
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