Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 8

The Week 8 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 864 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  15,331   6  15,837   15,974   47 
 2007  13,222  -13.75%  7  15,150  -4.34%  15,067  -5.68%  53 
 2008  16,758  26.74%  7  15,599  2.96%  17,477  15.99%  55 
 2009  17,086  1.96%  9  14,821  -4.98%  15,134  -13.41%  61 
 2010  15,782  -7.63%  8  16,181  9.17%  16,181  6.92%  64 
YTD – 64 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,837    14,752   19.05%  17.46% 
 2007   15,150    14,220   12.50%  20.31% 
 2008   15,599    14,972   14.06%  26.56% 
 2009   14,821    14,138   17.19%  17.19% 
 2010   16,181    13,639   15.63%  23.44% 

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 29,954 NA 2  78.83%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,282  92.28%  20,144  -0.68%  3  91.66%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,139  70.88%  19,397  1.35%  5  71.84%  27,000 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 9,829  39.02%  17,940  82.52%  4  71.22%  25,189 
 Houston 15,561  69.16%  15,754  1.24%  5  70.02%  22,500 
 D.C. United 14,561  64.72%  14,954  2.69%  5  66.46%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 13,451  59.44%  14,950  11.14%  4  77.30%  19,340 
 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 13,263  66.31%  13,271  0.06%  4  66.35%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 11,037  61.02%  10,484  -5.01%  3  57.97%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 11,511  51.16%  10,120  -12.09%  5  44.98%  22,500 
 KC Wizards 9,192  88.51%  9,703  5.56%  4  93.44%  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 

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

    The week started with Real Salt Lake hosting Houston on Thursday. A fair crowd for midweek of just under 13,000. I say a ‘fair crowd’ only out of lowered expectations. I would think that a visit from one of the top teams would draw closer to 15,500, but that’s just me. Philadelphia had its second home match at Lincoln Financial Field and drew over 25,000. Their next home game is scheduled for the brand new PPL park, so that’s the end of the big numbers for Philly. New England had their biggest turnout this season with just over 13,600. A little over 15,000 saw the Crew maintain their undefeated status. In DC, 13,500+ saw United continue to struggle. A tad less than 18,000 witnessed the first loss at home by RBNY. Kansas City drew a respectable crowd given the horrendous conditions at game time. The Galaxy seem to have settled into the 20,000 range at home this year.

    Rookie Watch: Danny Mwanga scored his first pro goal in dramatic fashion earning the Union a draw in extra time. KC’s Teal Bunbury was instrumental in the Wizard’s game vs Chicago.

    Not bad for the players on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post). Ryan Smith played well and Kei Kamara scored a brace for the Wizards.


    Week 8 Games
     
    Real Salt Lake3RSL – Behind the Shield
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    New England0Revolution Soccer
    San Jose0San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Chivas USA0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Colorado1Undercurrent
     
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    Kansas City2Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Chicago2Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
    Toronto0TFC Connected
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  9  7  2  0  15  2  1.67  0.22  2.56  23  13 
     NY Red Bull 8  5  0  3  8  9  1.00  1.13  1.88  15  -1 
     Columbus  6  4  2  0  10  5  1.67  0.83  2.33  14  5 
     Real Salt Lake  8  4  1  3  15  9  1.88  1.13  1.63  13  6 
     San Jose  7  4  1  2  11  7  1.57  1.00  1.86  13  4 
     Houston  9  4  1  4  12  10  1.33  1.11  1.44  13  2 
     Colorado  8  4  1  3  9  7  1.13  0.88  1.63  13  2 
     Seattle 9  3  3  3  9  12  1.00  1.33  1.33  12  -3 
     Dallas  8  2  5  1  10  9  1.25  1.13  1.38  11  1 
     Chivas USA 9  3  1  5  10  12  1.11  1.33  1.11  10  -2 
     Toronto FC  8  3  1  4  11  13  1.38  1.63  1.25  10  -2 
     Chicago  8  2  3  3  11  12  1.38  1.50  1.13  9  -1 
     Kansas City  7  2  2  3  8  8  1.14  1.14  1.14  8  0 
     New England  9  2  2  5  10  14  1.11  1.56  0.89  8  -4 
     Philadelphia 7  1  1  5  7  15  1.00  2.14  0.57  4  -8 
     DC United  8  1  0  7  4  16  0.50  2.00  0.38  3  -12 

    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 13 straight road games(4 draws).
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 14 regular season home games.
    • Los Angeles have yet to yield a goal on the road(4 games).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • Two teams remain unbeaten, Columbus and Los Angeles.
    • There have been 13 draws compared to 24 in ’09 thru the first 64 matches.
    • There have been 41 clean sheets in the first 64 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2
    • Through 64 games: goal scoring is slightly down from 2009, 2.50 vs 2.58.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 33 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
    • Saborío is looking like a pretty good signing for RSL.
    • For the first time this season, TFC didn’t lose on the road and LA didn’t win at home.

    Going to World Cup Camp

    These are the MLS players that are now heading to their respective countries’ pre-World Cup camps. The columns represent the games that will be played by their MLS teams during their absences. The only dead bang sure thing player that will be going to South Africa is Landon Donovan, although I think it would also be safe to say that Roger Espinoza(Honduras) and Andrew Boyens(New Zealand) will make their final squads. Did I forget anyone?

    On Provisional WC Rosters
     Players Team5/296/25
     Buddle, Donovan LA25
     Bornstein, Klejstan CHV24
     Marshall, Rogers CLB36
     Ching HOU25
     Pearce FCD24
     Findley RSL25
     Espinoza KC25
     Boyens RBNY25
    Final Roster submissions – June 1
    5/29=last US Friendly before June 1
    6/25 – End of WC Group Phase

    Getting Friendly

    This Week’s Friendlies
    OpponentsVenueDate
     Boca Jrs v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CASun, May 23
     Juventus v RBNY Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJSun, May 23
     Panathinaikos v Benfica BMO Field, TorontoSun, May 23
     Fiorentina v Montreal Impact Olympic Stadium, MontrealSun, May 23
     Paris St Germain v Chicago
     Legia Warsaw v Red Star Belgrade
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILSat, May 22
     Paris St Germain v Chicago
     Legia Warsaw v Red Star Belgrade
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILWed, May 19
     Benfica v NE Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAWed, May 19

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    The MLS play-in matches for the Open are down to the final matches that will determine the teams that will join the top 6 league finishers in 2009. 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 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 York Red Bulls downed New England 3-0.

    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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