MLS attendance report: May 24, 2010

The Week 9 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 971 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  20,417   5  15,546   16,402   52 
 2007  15,773  -22.75%  6  15,314  -1.49%  15,139  -7.70%  59 
 2008  15,849  0.48%  8  15,405  0.60%  17,270  14.07%  63 
 2009  15,113  -4.65%  7  14,873  -3.46%  15,131  -12.38%  68 
 2010  18,379  21.61%  7  16,398  10.25%  16,398  8.37%  71 
YTD – 71 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,546    14,473   18.57%  15.71% 
 2007   15,314    14,351   11.27%  22.54% 
 2008   15,405    14,919   15.49%  25.35% 
 2009   14,873    14,271   16.90%  16.90% 
 2010   16,398    13,667   14.08%  25.35% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 29,468  90.95%  36,113  22.55%  6  101.73%  35,500 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 29,954 NA 2  78.83%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,282  92.28%  20,144  -0.68%  4  91.66%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,139  70.88%  19,397  1.35%  5  71.84%  27,000 
 Houston 15,641  69.51%  17,207  10.02%  6  76.48%  22,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 10,792  42.85%  16,740  55.11%  5  66.46%  25,189 
 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 14,555  53.91%  14,501  -0.37%  5  53.71%  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 9,431  90.81%  9,840  4.33%  5  94.75%  10,385 
 FC Dallas 9,417  44.43%  9,671  2.70%  5  45.63%  21,193 
 San Jose 11,273  39.06%  9,514  -15.60%  4  92.37%  10,300 

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 were at Lincoln Financial Field. The announced capacity for the Union at the Linc was published as 38,000 and will be calculated as such.
  • San Jose 4th match in 2009 was at Oakland Alameda Coliseum and drew over 15,800.

    Observations

    The Red Bulls had another disappointing turnout for the Crew’s visit, pulling in under 12,000. I would say the same for Dallas, but since it’s Dallas, anything over 10,000 is a plus. Seattle and Toronto had their usual sellout crowds. And Houston drew a fantastic crowd of over 24,400. ChivasUSA had another average gate, but Kansas City sold out CAB.

    Rookie Watch: Tony Tchani scored his first pro goal for RBNY in a losing effort. Irving Garcia was dynamic and Conner Chinn scored in RBNY’s friendly vs Juventus.


    Week 9 Games
     
    RBNY1Red Bulls Reader
    Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    FC Dallas03rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
     
    Toronto1TFC Connected
    New England0Revolution Soccer
     
    Seattle0Seattle Times
    San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Houston2Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    Chivas USA1Chicago Fire Confidential
    Real Salt Lake2RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  10  8  2  0  16  2  1.60  0.20  2.60  26  14 
     Columbus  8  6  2  0  14  6  1.75  0.75  2.50  20  8 
     Real Salt Lake  9  5  1  3  17  10  1.89  1.11  1.78  16  7 
     San Jose  8  5  1  2  12  7  1.50  0.88  2.00  16  5 
     Houston  10  5  1  4  14  10  1.40  1.00  1.60  16  4 
     NY Red Bull 9  5  0  4  9  12  1.00  1.33  1.67  15  -3 
     Colorado  8  4  1  3  9  7  1.13  0.88  1.63  13  2 
     Toronto FC  9  4  1  4  12  13  1.33  1.44  1.44  13  -1 
     Seattle 10  3  3  4  9  13  0.90  1.30  1.20  12  -4 
     Dallas  9  2  5  2  10  10  1.11  1.11  1.22  11  0 
     Chivas USA 10  3  1  6  11  14  1.10  1.40  1.00  10  -3 
     Chicago  8  2  3  3  11  12  1.38  1.50  1.13  9  -1 
     Kansas City  8  2  2  4  8  9  1.00  1.13  1.00  8  -1 
     New England  10  2  2  6  10  15  1.00  1.50  0.80  8  -5 
     Philadelphia 7  1  1  5  7  15  1.00  2.14  0.57  4  -8 
     DC United  9  1  0  8  4  18  0.44  2.00  0.33  3  -14 

    Streaking

    • FC Dallas’ unbeaten home streak ended at 12.
    • TFC has not lost at home in 10 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(5 games).
    • Los Angeles and San Jose have not yielded a goal in 4 games.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • Two teams remain unbeaten, Columbus and Los Angeles.
    • There have been 13 draws compared to 29 in ’09 thru the first 71 matches.
    • There have been 46 clean sheets in the first 71 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2
    • Through 71 games: goal scoring is slightly down from 2009, 2.44 vs 2.55.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 33 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.

    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
    OpponentsVenueDateEventATT
     Boca Jrs v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CASun, May 23 Friendly 18,268 
     Juventus v RBNY Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJSun, May 23 Friendly 18,731 
     Panathinaikos v Benfica BMO Field, TorontoSun, May 23 Friendly 8,000 *
     Fiorentina v Montreal Impact Saputo Stadium, MontrealSun, May 23 Friendly 8,094 
     Czech v Turkey Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJSat, May 22 Friendly 16,371 
     Paris St Germain v Chicago
     Legia Warsaw v Red Star Belgrade
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILSat, May 22 Chi Sister Cities Cup 12,234 
     Paris St Germain v Chicago
     Legia Warsaw v Red Star Belgrade
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILWed, May 19 Chi Sister Cities Cup 9,254 
     Benfica v NE Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAWed, May 19 Friendly 12,735 
         
        total 103,687 
        average 12,961 

    * – approximate attendance grabbed from Portuguese report. – 6 friendlies scheduled for the upcoming week.


    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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