Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 2

The Week 2 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 213 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  19,001   6  20,660   20,646   12 
 2007  16,827  -11.44%  7  16,496  -20.16%  16,496  -20.10%  13 
 2008  17,842  6.03%  7  16,753  1.56%  18,046  9.40%  13 
 2009  14,168  -20.59%  7  16,332  -2.51%  15,632  -13.38%  14 
 2010  21,275  50.16%  5  19,211  17.62%  22,227  42.19%  13 
YTD – 13 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   20,660    20,342   0.00%  53.85% 
 2007   16,496    16,404   7.69%  15.38% 
 2008   16,753    17,251   7.69%  30.77% 
 2009   16,332    15,895   7.69%  15.38% 
 2010   19,211    18,653   7.69%  38.46% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 30,536  94.25%  36,154  18.40%  2  101.84%  35,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 12,462  49.47%  24,572  97.18%  1  97.55%  25,189 
 D.C. United 15,895  70.64%  20,664  30.00%  1  91.84%  22,500 
 LA Galaxy 17,361  64.30%  20,591  18.60%  2  76.26%  27,000 
 ChivasUSA 16,453  60.94%  18,653  13.37%  1  69.09%  27,000 
 Houston 16,053  71.35%  18,197  13.36%  1  80.88%  22,500 
 Columbus Crew 14,686  73.43%  13,536  -7.83%  1  67.68%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 11,885  65.71%  11,641  -2.05%  1  64.36%  18,086 
 San Jose 10,335  12.23%  10,589  2.46%  1  102.81%  10,300 
 KC Wizards 10,385  100.00%  10,385  0.00%  1  100.00%  10,385 
 FC Dallas 15,905  75.05%  8,016  -49.60%  1  37.82%  21,193 
 Chicago NA NA NA NA 0  NA 20,000 
 NE Revolution NA NA NA NA 0  NA 22,500 
 Philadelphia NA NA NA NA 0  NA 18,500 
 Real Salt Lake NA NA NA NA 0  NA 19,340 
 Toronto NA NA NA NA 0  NA 21,978 

My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

For my calculations, I’ve taken the 3 teams playing in Amercan football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson and New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacities at 22,500. I took the 22,500 number from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use.

Observations

The week started with Houston pulling in a strong crowd of over 18,000 for the visiting MLS Cup Champs RSL. That was followed by the SuperClásico, Angelino Clásico, or whatever you want to call it, LA vs ChivasUSA. The Clásico drew over 19,800. While Colorado owner Stan Kroenke edges closer to ownership of EPL club Arsenal, perhaps he need cast his eyes closer to home as the Rapids home opener was the 2nd lowest in club history. No such problem in DC, as more than 20,600 United faithful turned out for their team’s match vs eastern rival New England. And then there’s Seattle, drawing over 36,000 on a cool and rainy evening.



Streaking

  • FC Dallas have not lost at home in its last 9(7 wins).
  • RBNY broke its 27 game winless road streak.
  • TFC has not lost at home in 7 straight.
  • TFC has lost 9 straight road games.
  • RSL are unbeaten in their last 11 home games.

MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 10 clean sheets in the first 13 matches
  • No team won 50% of its games in 2009, only the 2nd time that has happened(2004).
  • Goal scoring was down in 2009, 2.53 per game vs 2.81 in 2008.
  • Through 13 games: goal scoring is down 2.15 per game vs 2.92 in 2009.
  • Through 13 games: fewer goals but only 2 draws vs 5 in ’09.
  • 36 of the 64 players selected in the 2010 SuperDraft were on MLS rosters on opening day.

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