MLS attendance report: June 14, 2010

As MLS heads into the World Cup hiatus(play resumes June 25), the Week 12 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 1293 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  12,309   5  15,047   15,169   72 
 2007  13,600  10.48%  7  15,049  0.01%  15,324  1.02%  79 
 2008  18,426  35.48%  7  16,229  7.84%  17,329  13.08%  84 
 2009  13,148  -28.65%  8  14,729  -9.24%  14,947  -13.74%  92 
 2010  19,861  51.06%  4  16,472  11.84%  16,472  10.20%  93 
YTD – 93 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,047    13,280   22.58%  16.13% 
 2007   15,049    14,203   12.90%  20.43% 
 2008   16,229    14,919   11.83%  26.88% 
 2009   14,729    14,051   16.13%  16.13% 
 2010   16,472    14,287   11.83%  23.66% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 29,364  90.63%  36,146  23.10%  8  101.82%  35,500 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 29,954 NA 2  78.83%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,151  91.69%  20,537  1.92%  5  93.45%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,228  71.21%  19,635  2.12%  6  72.72%  27,000 
 Houston 15,480  68.80%  16,685  7.79%  7  74.16%  22,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 10,966  43.54%  16,282  48.48%  7  64.64%  25,189 
 Real Salt Lake 15,449  71.74%  15,817  2.38%  6  81.78%  19,340 
 D.C. United 14,303  63.57%  14,734  3.01%  7  65.49%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 14,555  53.91%  14,501  -0.37%  5  53.71%  27,000 
 Chicago 11,726  58.63%  14,267  21.66%  6  71.33%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 12,369  61.84%  14,244  15.16%  5  71.22%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 12,211  67.52%  12,787  4.72%  5  70.70%  18,086 
 FC Dallas 8,801  41.53%  10,448  18.70%  6  49.30%  21,193 
 NE Revolution 13,616  60.51%  10,319  -24.21%  6  45.86%  22,500 
 KC Wizards 9,590  92.34%  9,896  3.19%  6  95.29%  10,385 
 San Jose 10,882  48.00%  9,384  -13.77%  6  91.11%  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 played at Lincoln Financial Field. The announced capacity for the Union 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

    Chicago announced crowd of just over 13,600 seemed a bit high, at least from the view on the tube. I was all set to hear the mantra of the BlackHawks playing in the Stanley Cup finals keeping the turnout low, but that won’t seem necessary. A fantastic showing in Salt Lake with over 19,000. This is exactly what you would expect in a matchup of last year’s MLS Cup finalists, competitors in the west and the top team in the league visiting. Kansas City had a near full house as it broke its long winless streak. Seattle sent MLS into the World Cup break with its usual full house.

    Rookie Watch: Academy product Andy Najar and draftee Barry Rice performed well for DC United in their win over Seattle. Must be honest and say I can’t say that either Stephens(LA) or LaBeaux(CO) stood out in their appearances this week.

    A couple of players on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) had good games. Ryan Smith played well(assist) and Kei Kamara scored for the Wizards.


    Week 12 Games
     
    Chicago2Chicago Fire Confidential
    Colorado2Undercurrent
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
     
    Kansas City2Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Philadelphia0Philadelphia Union Talk
     
    Seattle2Seattle Times
    DC United3DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  13  10  2  1  22  4  1.69  0.31  2.46  32  18 
     Real Salt Lake  12  7  2  3  22  11  1.83  0.92  1.92  23  11 
     Columbus  11  6  3  2  16  11  1.45  1.00  1.91  21  5 
     NY Red Bull 12  7  0  5  14  16  1.17  1.33  1.75  21  -2 
     Colorado  11  6  2  3  13  9  1.18  0.82  1.82  20  4 
     San Jose  11  5  2  4  15  14  1.36  1.27  1.55  17  1 
     Toronto FC  11  5  2  4  15  14  1.36  1.27  1.55  17  1 
     Houston  13  5  1  7  18  19  1.38  1.46  1.23  16  -1 
     Dallas  11  3  6  2  13  11  1.18  1.00  1.36  15  2 
     Seattle 13  4  3  6  14  17  1.08  1.31  1.15  15  -3 
     Chicago  11  3  5  3  16  16  1.45  1.45  1.27  14  0 
     Kansas City  11  3  3  5  11  13  1.00  1.18  1.09  12  -2 
     New England  12  3  2  7  13  20  1.08  1.67  0.92  11  -7 
     Chivas USA 12  3  1  8  13  18  1.08  1.50  0.83  10  -5 
     DC United  12  3  1  8  10  22  0.83  1.83  0.83  10  -12 
     Philadelphia 10  2  1  7  11  21  1.10  2.10  0.70  7  -10 

    Streaking

    • TFC has not lost at home in 11 straight.
    • TFC ended its 13 game road winless streak.
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 16 regular season home games.
    • Los Angeles finally yielded a road goal(albeit controversial). And their 15 game regular season unbeaten streak is over.
    • Kansas City ended its winless streak at 9(all competitions).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 18 draws compared to 35 in ’09 thru the first 93 matches.
    • There have been 58 clean sheets in the first 93 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2
    • Through 89 games: goal scoring is slightly down from 2009, 2.54 vs 2.59.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 35 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.

    At the World Cup

    These are the MLS players that are at the World Cup. As of Friday May 28(15 days before the start of the tournament), each of the clubs receives $1600 per day per player from FIFA until one day after the last game played by their respective teams at the World Cup.

    On WC Rosters
     Players Team
     Buddle, Donovan LA
     Bornstein CHV
     Findley RSL
     Espinoza KC
     Boyens RBNY
    6/25 – End of WC Group Phase

    Getting Friendly

    This Week’s Friendlies
    OpponentsVenueDateFriendliesAtt
     Cruzeiro v NE Revolution Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MASun, June 13 Club 12,160 

    Note: Steve Ralston made his return to the Revs in the match only to suffer a dislocated elbow.


    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    The MLS play-in matches for the Open are complete. RBNY and DC United will join the top 6 league finishers in 2009 in the tourney proper. Seattle are the defending cup holders, and as such will compete in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League.

    • 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.
    • New York Red Bulls beat Colorado 3-0 to claim one of the two play in spots.
    • DC United defeated RSL 2-1 to grab the other spot.

    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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    1. Nick June 14, 2010

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