MLS attendance report: July 19, 2010

The Week 16 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 16124 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  13,158   6  15,716   14,632   106 
 2007  12,473  -5.21%  4  15,377  -2.15%  15,043  2.81%  107 
 2008  14,475  16.05%  5  16,518  7.42%  17,245  14.63%  111 
 2009  16,142  11.51%  6  15,435  -6.56%  15,562  -9.76%  118 
 2010  13,958  -13.53%  7  16,481  6.78%  16,481  5.91%  124 
YTD – 124 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,716    13,036   22.58%  18.55% 
 2007   15,377    14,179   10.48%  22.58% 
 2008   16,518    15,274   11.29%  25.81% 
 2009   15,435    14,479   15.32%  18.55% 
 2010   16,481    14,355   8.87%  21.77% 

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 22,614 NA 5  85.99%  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 
 D.C. United 15,193  67.53%  14,949  -1.61%  9  66.44%  22,500 
 Chicago 12,640  63.20%  14,778  16.91%  7  73.89%  20,000 
 ChivasUSA 15,625  57.87%  14,451  -7.52%  7  53.52%  27,000 
 Columbus Crew 13,041  65.20%  14,028  7.57%  9  70.14%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 13,045  72.13%  13,589  4.17%  7  75.14%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 13,088  58.17%  11,797  -9.87%  8  52.43%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 8,679  40.95%  11,231  29.41%  8  52.99%  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’s 4th match in 2009 was at Oakland Alameda Coliseum and drew over 15,800.

    Observations

    The week began in Columbus on Wednesday with a crowd of just over 11,300. On Thursday, DC United had a middling turnout of 13,700+. On the weekend, Columbus did 3,000 better than their midweek match. Colorado and Dallas had underwhelming crowds in big heat. Philadelphia had a good showing of 17,200+ but I was expecting sellouts for at least the first several home matches at PPL Park. DC United closed out the week with a good showing of over 17,600.

    RSL has played 4 weekday(M-F) home games, more than any other team. Interestingly, their 4 weekday matches are averaging 16,944 while their 4 weekend matches are drawing 15,610. They played 6 home weekday matches in ’09 and 5 in ’08.

    Rookie Watch: Teal Bunbury scored his first MLS goal for the Wizards. Andy Najar continues to look bright for DC United while Jordan Graye was exposed on defense a few times. Zach Schilawski scored for the Revs in the N.A. SuperLiga.


    Week 16 Games
     
    Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    Colorado1Undercurrent
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Philadelphia2Philadelphia Union Talk
    Toronto1TFC Connected
     
    Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
     
    FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  17  12  3  2  27  8  1.59  0.47  2.29  39  19 
     Columbus  16  9  4  3  22  13  1.38  0.81  1.94  31  9 
     Real Salt Lake  16  9  3  4  28  13  1.75  0.81  1.88  30  15 
     NY Red Bull 16  8  2  6  18  19  1.13  1.19  1.63  26  -1 
     Dallas  15  6  7  2  19  13  1.27  0.87  1.67  25  6 
     Colorado  15  6  5  4  17  14  1.13  0.93  1.53  23  3 
     San Jose  14  6  4  4  18  16  1.29  1.14  1.57  22  2 
     Toronto FC  15  6  4  5  18  17  1.20  1.13  1.47  22  1 
     Houston  16  5  4  7  21  22  1.31  1.38  1.19  19  -1 
     Seattle 17  5  4  8  18  24  1.06  1.41  1.12  19  -6 
     Chicago  14  4  5  5  18  19  1.29  1.36  1.21  17  -1 
     Kansas City  16  4  4  8  13  20  0.81  1.25  1.00  16  -7 
     Chivas USA 15  4  2  9  17  21  1.13  1.40  0.93  14  -4 
     Philadelphia 14  4  2  8  18  26  1.29  1.86  1.00  14  -8 
     New England  15  4  2  9  15  26  1.00  1.73  0.93  14  -11 
     DC United  17  3  3  11  12  28  0.71  1.65  0.71  12  -16 

    Streaking

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

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 29 draws compared to 43 in ’09 thru the first 124 matches.
    • There have been 79 clean sheets in the first 124 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 124 games: goal scoring is down around 5% from 2009, 2.41 vs 2.54.
    • 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

    The participants in the 2010 N.A. SuperLiga and their respective finishes in the last completed season are …

    MLSFMF
     Houston 3  UNAM Pumas 4 
     Chicago 5  Monarchas Morelia 7 
     Chivas USA 6  Pachuca 8 
     New England 7  Puebla 13 
    N.A. SuperLiga
     Chicago(1) v Monarchas Morelia(5) Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Wed, Jul 14
     New England(1) v Pumas UNAM(0) Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Wed, Jul 14
     Houston(2) v Pachuca(1) Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Thu, Jul 15
     ChivasUSA(1) v Puebla(2) Home Depot Center, LA, CA Thu, Jul 15
     Chicago(0) v New England(1)
     Morelia(2) v Pumas(2)
     Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Sat, Jul 17
     Houston(1) v Chivas USA(1)
     Pachuca(1) v Puebla(3)
     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
    N.A. SuperLiga
    Group A
     WDLPtsGD
     New England 2  0  0  6  2 
     Monarchas Morelia 1  1  0  4  4 
     UNAM Pumas 0  1  1  1  -1 
     Chicago 0  0  2  0  -5 
    Group B
     WDLPtsGD
     Puebla 2  0  0  6  3 
     Houston 1  1  0  4  1 
     Chivas USA 0  1  1  1  -1 
     Pachuca 0  0  2  0  -4 

    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


    Summer of Soccer Attendances
    OpponentsVenueDateEventAtt
         
     Houston v Chivas USA/Pachuca v Puebla Robertson Stadium, Houston, TXSun, July 18 SuperLiga 5,007 
     Celtic v Seattle Qwest Field, Seattle, WASun, July 18 Friendly 45,631 
     Club America v San Luis Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TXSat, July 17 Friendly 27,061 
     Bolton v Charleston Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SCSat, July 17 Friendly 5,249 
     Manchester City v Portland Timbers Merlo Field, Portland, OR(cap 4892)Sat, July 17 Friendly 5,018 
     Tottenham v SJ Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose, CASat, July 17 Friendly 10,712 
     Chicago v NE/Morelia v Pumas Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILSat, July 17 SuperLiga 16,117 
     Man U v Celtic Rogers Centre, Toronto, CAFri, July 16 Friendly 39,139 
     Houston v Pachuca Robertson Stadium, Houston, TXThu, July 15 SuperLiga 10,400 
     ChivasUSA v Puebla Home Depot Center, LA, CAThu, July 15 SuperLiga 12,617 
     Chicago v Monarchas Morelia Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILWed, July 14 SuperLiga 11,009 
     NE v Pumas UNAM Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAWed, July 14 SuperLiga 7,201 
     Bolton v Charlotte Transamerica Field, Charlotte, NCWed, July 14 Friendly 2,383 
     Portsmouth v Club America Qualcom Stadium, San Diego CAWed, July 14 Friendly 9,800 
     Celtic v Philadelphia PPL Park, Chester, PAWed, July 14 Friendly ??? 
         
        total 207,344 
        average 13,822 

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