MLS attendance report: July 12, 2010

The Week 15 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 15117 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  15,853   12  14,761   14,721   100 
 2007  14,650  -7.59%  6  14,948  1.26%  15,143  2.87%  103 
 2008  18,529  26.48%  6  16,629  11.25%  17,375  14.74%  106 
 2009  19,285  4.08%  6  15,192  -8.64%  15,531  -10.61%  112 
 2010  19,138  -0.77%  8  16,627  9.45%  16,627  7.06%  117 
YTD – 117 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   14,761    13,056   22.22%  17.09% 
 2007   14,948    14,087   11.11%  21.37% 
 2008   16,629    15,276   11.11%  25.64% 
 2009   15,192    14,370   14.53%  16.24% 
 2010   16,627    14,389   9.40%  23.08% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 29,715  91.71%  36,140  21.62%  9  101.80%  35,500 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 23,955 NA 4  84.80%  18,500 
 LA Galaxy 19,298  71.47%  20,687  7.20%  7  76.62%  27,000 
 Toronto 20,198  91.90%  20,588  1.93%  8  93.68%  21,978 
 Real Salt Lake 16,045  76.46%  16,277  1.45%  8  84.16%  19,340 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 11,385  45.20%  16,277  42.97%  8  64.62%  25,189 
 Houston 15,632  69.48%  16,003  2.37%  9  71.12%  22,500 
 Chicago 12,640  63.20%  14,778  16.91%  7  73.89%  20,000 
 D.C. United 14,303  63.57%  14,734  3.01%  7  65.49%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 15,625  57.87%  14,451  -7.52%  7  53.52%  27,000 
 Columbus Crew 12,868  64.34%  14,368  11.65%  7  71.84%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 11,940  66.02%  13,716  14.88%  6  75.84%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 13,088  58.17%  11,797  -9.87%  8  52.43%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 8,770  41.38%  11,240  28.17%  7  53.04%  21,193 
 KC Wizards 9,789  94.26%  10,006  2.22%  8  96.35%  10,385 
 San Jose 11,774  56.32%  9,515  -19.19%  7  92.38%  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

    The week began in Chicago on Thursday with a good crowd of over 17,800. Toronto had over 21,800 as their home winning ways continued. Philadelphia did not sell out for its 2nd match at PPL Park. Neither did the Red Bulls with over 16,200. Perhaps the arrival of Thierry Henry will put more butts in the seats in Harrison. New England pulled in its largest crowd by far, over 20,000, and rewarded their fans with an unexpected win over the Galaxy. Houston had an ordinary gate of just under 13,500, while KC nearly sold out. Seattle closed out the weekend with its usual full house.

    With almost half the season over, 5 of last year’s 8 playoff teams are not in playoff position.

    RSL has played 4 weekday(M-F) home games, 2 more than any other team. They played 6 home weekday matches in ’09 and 5 in ’08.

    Rookie Watch: Didn’t watch enough of the MLS matches to make a judgement this week, but your observations are welcome in the comment section.


    Week 15 Games
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Toronto1TFC Connected
    Colorado0Undercurrent
     
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
    San Jose2San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    New England2Revolution Soccer
    Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
     
    Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Chivas USA2Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Seattle1Seattle Times
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  16  11  3  2  25  7  1.56  0.44  2.25  36  18 
     Real Salt Lake  15  9  3  3  28  11  1.87  0.73  2.00  30  17 
     Columbus  14  8  4  2  20  12  1.43  0.86  2.00  28  8 
     NY Red Bull 15  8  2  5  18  17  1.20  1.13  1.73  26  1 
     Dallas  14  5  7  2  17  13  1.21  0.93  1.57  22  4 
     Colorado  14  6  4  4  16  13  1.14  0.93  1.57  22  3 
     Toronto FC  14  6  4  4  17  15  1.21  1.07  1.57  22  2 
     San Jose  14  6  4  4  18  16  1.29  1.14  1.57  22  2 
     Houston  16  5  4  7  21  22  1.31  1.38  1.19  19  -1 
     Chicago  14  4  5  5  18  19  1.29  1.36  1.21  17  -1 
     Seattle 16  4  4  8  17  24  1.06  1.50  1.00  16  -7 
     Chivas USA 15  4  2  9  17  21  1.13  1.40  0.93  14  -4 
     New England  15  4  2  9  15  26  1.00  1.73  0.93  14  -11 
     Kansas City  14  3  3  8  11  19  0.79  1.36  0.86  12  -8 
     DC United  15  3  3  9  11  25  0.73  1.67  0.80  12  -14 
     Philadelphia 13  3  2  8  16  25  1.23  1.92  0.85  11  -9 

    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 10 regular season games.
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 18 regular season home games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 6 road games.
    • Toronto are unbeaten in their last 15 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
    • Kansas City are winless in their last 8 road games(2 in ’09).
    • Los Angeles are unbeaten in their last 10 regular season home games(3 in ’09).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 25 draws compared to 39 in ’09 thru the first 117 matches.
    • There have been 75 clean sheets in the first 117 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 109 games: goal scoring is down around 6% from 2009, 2.51 vs 2.63.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 37 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.

    N.A. SuperLiga

    N.A. SuperLiga
     Chicago v Monarchas Morelia Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Wed, Jul 14
     New England v Pumas UNAM Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Wed, Jul 14
     Houston v Pachuca Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Thu, Jul 15
     ChivasUSA v Puebla Home Depot Center, LA, CA Thu, Jul 15
     Chicago v New England
     Morelia v Pumas
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Sat, Jul 17
     Houston v Chivas USA
     Pachuca v Puebla
     Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Sun, Jul 18
     Chicago v Pumas Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Tue, Jul 20
     New England v Morelia Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Tue, Jul 20
     Houston v Puebla Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Wed, July 21
     ChivasUSA v Pachuca Home Depot Center, LA, CA Wed, July 21

    Congestion Time

    The time stretches below start and end with a full week(minimum) between games at the front and back end.

    • In a 29 day stretch, Houston and ChivasUSA will play 9 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.
    • In a 24 day stretch, Chicago will play 7 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.
    • In a 24 day stretch, New England will play 6 games, between MLS, US Open Cup and SuperLiga.

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    In 4th round action, Columbus(MLS) defeated Charleston(USL-2), ChivasUSA(MLS) defeated Houston(MLS) and Seattle(MLS) defeated Los Angeles(MLS).

    The winner will compete in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

    The last 4th round match (ET)

    July 21

    • 7:30pm Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex – Boyds, MD

    In the semifinals, Columbus will play the winner of the DC United/Harrisburg match and Seattle will play ChivasUSA on Sept 1, 10 p.m. ET @ Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA.

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure


    Getting Friendly

    Friendlies
    OpponentsVenueDateFriendliesAtt
     Atlas v Portland PGE Park, Portland ORSun, July 11 Friendly 7,113 
     Cruz Azul v Club America Rose Bowl, Pasadena CASat, July 10 Friendly 22,395 
           Total 29,508 
           Average 14,754 

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