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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3, 2009 season

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
Semifinals Totals
 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
 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% 


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


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. short passes

      November 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      Not only has the Fire won a previous MLS Cup but they have also developed a fan base as far south as St. Louis. They have also won the Open cup in 1998 (the Double), 2000, 2003 and 2006.

      Above all they are always ENTERTAINING.

    2. Rex

      November 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm

      I believe the western conference totaled 140,000 fans in all their games. Something like 28,000 average.

    3. Lee14

      November 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

      Kudos to a great atmosphere the city of Chicago created for their 2 playoff games. It is unfortunate that they did not go through.

    4. Chris in Belfast

      November 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

      Yeah, so it’s been 11 years. We want another win for our favorite team. US Open Cups are great, but they aren’t MLS Cup, and the team doesn’t really seem to be taking the competition seriously anymore anyway. If we can’t get MLS Cup, what can we get? Superliga? I think the tournament’s an unnecessary distraction, at least until games get played in Mexico. And without a Cup win or a Supporter’s Shield, the team won’t be playing in CCL. I want an MLS Cup.

    5. mitch howard

      November 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

      didn’t the Fire win a championship in ’98?

    6. eplnfl

      November 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

      Just want to say well done to the great Chicago Fire fans. A SRO crowd at Toyota Park for the semi-final. Chicago has great fans and with the perspective of watching live sporting events from the 60’s on I’ve seen Ernie Banks, Walter Payton, Michael Jordan and many other great players in a Chicago uniform. I’ve seen the fans fill the parks and stadiums year after year with no championships for the most part to show for it. The love of the Chicago fan for their teams is apparent and beyond doubt. Yet,I must say that Fire fans have become the BEST fans in Chicago. Section 8 worked nights to prepare for the playoff games. Everyone is invited to their tailgate parties. Everyone shows up in a Fire shirt of some kind. The fans forums are packed. When I wear my Fire jersey around the town other Fire fans will come up and talk to you. That happens for no other teams in town. Becoming a Fire fan is becoming a family member.

      Fire fans you are winners and you deserve a ring! I can’t wait for the opener.

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