MLS attendance report: May 9, 2010

The Week 7 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 756 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  12,580   7  16,296   16,069   41 
 2007  16,932  34.59%  8  14,999  -7.96%  15,348  -4.48%  46 
 2008  16,707  -1.33%  6  15,767  5.12%  17,232  12.28%  48 
 2009  13,389  -19.86%  7  14,588  -7.48%  14,796  -14.14%  52 
 2010  13,864  3.55%  11  16,238  11.31%  16,238  9.75%  56 
YTD – 56 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   16,296    15,742   18.18%  20.00% 
 2007   14,999    14,130   14.29%  17.86% 
 2008   15,767    15,148   12.50%  28.57% 
 2009   14,588    13,439   19.64%  16.07% 
 2010   16,238    13,602   16.07%  23.21% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 29,536  91.16%  36,145  22.37%  5  101.82%  35,500 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 34,870 NA 1  91.76%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,282  92.28%  20,144  -0.68%  3  91.66%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,761  73.19%  19,245  -2.61%  4  71.28%  27,000 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 10,424  41.38%  17,953  72.22%  3  71.27%  25,189 
 Houston 15,561  69.16%  15,754  1.24%  5  70.02%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 12,550  52.89%  15,618  24.44%  3  80.75%  19,340 
 D.C. United 14,289  63.51%  15,300  7.07%  4  68.00%  22,500 
 Chicago 10,901  54.51%  14,937  37.03%  3  74.69%  20,000 
 ChivasUSA 14,839  54.96%  14,554  -1.92%  4  53.90%  27,000 
 Columbus Crew 12,926  64.63%  12,685  -1.87%  3  63.43%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 11,037  61.02%  10,484  -5.01%  3  57.97%  18,086 
 KC Wizards 9,231  88.88%  10,219  10.71%  3  98.40%  10,385 
 San Jose 11,273  39.06%  9,514  -15.60%  4  92.37%  10,300 
 FC Dallas 9,372  44.22%  9,352  -0.22%  4  44.13%  21,193 
 NE Revolution 11,594  51.53%  9,247  -20.24%  4  41.10%  22,500 

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.

  • Philly’s first two home games will be at Lincoln Financial Field. The announced capacity for the Union was published as 38,000 and will be calculated as such.

    Observations

    Four midweek games this week. Eleven total as the league starts to fill in the schedule in anticipation of the 2 week hiatus that will accompany the group phase of the World Cup. Starting off in DC, a bit over 10K saw United earn its first points of the year with academy product Bill Hamid in goal. The Revs had what promises to be a candidate for low gate of the year for its drubbing by ChivasUSA(5,990). A bit over 13,200 came to see the return leg of the Texas Derby in Houston. The Rapids again drew under 10K. All of the midweek matches had decent weather. Saturday began with the usual monster crowd in Seattle. And no, despite any tweets you may have seen, it was not the largest crowd to see an MLS game. Toronto had a great crowd despite chilly temperatures and windy conditions. RSL had a fair crowd of just over 14,200 in a match that was moved to the afternoon because the NBA Jazz were in a playoff game at night. Columbus had a less than stellar turnout in cool weather, just under 10,200. Dallas drew just a bit over 10,300. Despite their recent success, San Jose did not sell out. ChivasUSA still had trouble drawing a big crowd even though they were on a 3 game unbeaten string.

    San Jose note: The Quakes large decline is attributed to the fact that they played their 4th home game(vs LA) away from Buck Shaw in ’09, drawing over 15,800. They also played their 7th(vs LA) and 11th(doubleheader Barcelona v Chivas) home games(17,000+, 61,500+) at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

    Rookies are still doing their thing. Blair Gavin got his first MLS goal vs New England. Zak Boggs scored his first two MLS goals for New England.

    A mixed result from the players on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post). Ryan Smith had a pretty bad game while Kei Kamara, who inexplicably hasn’t started lately for the Wizards came in and scored KC’s only goal on Wednesday.


    Week 7 Games
     
    DC United2DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    New England0Revolution Soccer
    Chivas USA4Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Colorado0Undercurrent
    Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
     
    Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Seattle0Seattle Times
    Los Angeles4LA – Official Blog
     
    Toronto4TFC Connected
    Chicago1Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Real Salt Lake3RSL – Behind the Shield
    Philadelphia0Philadelphia Union Soccer
     
    Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    New England2Revolution Soccer
     
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    San Jose4San Jose Center Line Soccer
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
     
    Chivas USA0Chicago Fire Confidential
    Houston2Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  8  7  1  0  15  2  1.88  0.25  2.75  22  13 
     NY Red Bull 7  5  0  2  8  8  1.14  1.14  2.14  15  0 
     Houston  8  4  1  3  11  7  1.38  0.88  1.63  13  4 
     San Jose  6  4  0  2  11  7  1.83  1.17  2.00  12  4 
     Columbus  5  3  2  0  9  5  1.80  1.00  2.20  11  4 
     Real Salt Lake  7  3  1  3  12  8  1.71  1.14  1.43  10  4 
     Colorado  7  3  1  3  8  7  1.14  1.00  1.43  10  1 
     Dallas  7  2  4  1  9  8  1.29  1.14  1.43  10  1 
     Chivas USA 8  3  1  4  10  11  1.25  1.38  1.25  10  -1 
     Toronto FC  7  3  0  4  11  13  1.57  1.86  1.29  9  -2 
     Seattle 8  2  3  3  8  12  1.00  1.50  1.13  9  -4 
     Chicago  7  2  2  3  9  10  1.29  1.43  1.14  8  -1 
     Kansas City  6  2  1  3  6  6  1.00  1.00  1.17  7  0 
     New England  8  2  1  5  10  14  1.25  1.75  0.88  7  -4 
     Philadelphia 6  1  0  5  6  14  1.00  2.33  0.50  3  -8 
     DC United  7  1  0  6  4  15  0.57  2.14  0.43  3  -11 

    Seattle management was so embarassed by the club’s sound thrashing at home by the Galaxy, that they will be issuing credit to season ticket holders.


    Streaking

    • FC Dallas have not lost at home in its last 12(8 wins).
    • TFC has not lost at home in 9 straight.
    • TFC is winless in 12 straight road games(3 draws).
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 13 regular season home games.
    • Los Angeles have yet to yield a goal on the road(4 games).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • Amazing. Eleven games this week, no draws.
    • Two teams remain unbeaten, Columbus and Los Angeles.
    • There have been 9 draws compared to 15 in ’09 thru the first 45 matches.
    • There have been 32 clean sheets in the first 56 matches
    • Through 45 games: goal scoring is slightly down from 2009, 2.53 vs 2.62.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 32 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
    • This year however, Houston has lost 2 of 5 at home.

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    The MLS play-in matches for the Open have begun for the teams that did not finish in the top 6 in 2009. The next match will be played on May 12. Seattle are the defending cup holders, and as such will compete in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. Two teams will emerge from the group of Colorado, RSL, DCU, the Revs and RBNY to join the 6 that automatically qualified.

    • Colorado Rapids defeated the Kansas City Wizards 2-1.
    • Real Salt Lake beat the San Jose Earthquakes on PK’s 5-3 after playing to a 3-3 score.
    • New York Red Bulls downed Philadelphia 2-1.
    • DC United beat FC Dallas 4-2, the 2nd year in a row that DCU eliminates FCD.
    • New England Revolution at New York on Wednesday, May 12

    The structure for the tourney has been finalized. Round 1 begins June 15, Round 2 June 22, Round 3(when the 8 MLS teams join in) June 29.

    In case you were wondering, here is the World Cup schedule(June 11-July 11). Note that the latest start time(ET) is 2pm.


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