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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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  • 16 Comments

    16 Comments

    1. Charles

      July 25, 2010 at 12:08 am

      Let me get this straight you want USL teams (promoted) to be signing National team members by 2022. Let me re-read this.
      Yup, I got it right.
      Sorry dude, I am optimistic about US Soccer, that ain’t happening by 2022.

      I like the gist of not signing the Freddie Ljungberg’s of the world, if the Sounders had spent the money ($1.3 million/year ) on Demerit, they would be in the playoffs right now, instead of praying it might happen.

    2. ExtraMedium

      July 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      Maybe more people would attend MLS games if Dempsey, Altidore, Holden, Bradley, Adu, Edu, etc. played in the league instead of being used to raise money to buy 35 year old foreigners.

      Oh, and they’re doing it wrong:
      1. Half the league in MLS-1, the other half in MLS-2.
      2. Play everyone twice in your league. Schedule a super high percentage of games Friday night because that’s the least busy sports date on calender. OWN FRIDAYS!
      3. Pro/reg at the end of the spring season (Feb-May. VAN/POR/SEA/SJ are warm enough to host Feb day-games, and LA/HOU/DAL can host day/night games in Feb).
      4. Play everyone twice in the fall season (JUN-SEPT if no WC/GC. JUL-OCT if those tournaments are played or US/CAN are in Confed Cup). Pro/reg for next year with MLS-1 1st place team declared “MLS Champions” and awarded Supporter’s Shield.
      5. MLS Cup Tournament (games Tue-Fri to avoid football) with all MLS teams in Nov.
      6. Stop awarding franchises. Instead adopt open pyramid, after ending single-entity, but restrict revenue sharing to old franchise owners until they’re reimbursed 100% of their investment plus interest for taking the risk on soccer.
      7. Pro/reg with NASL/USL regional leagues (like Germany) before 2022 WC. New teams join lowest regional league then win their way up.
      8. Ban debt unrelated to infrastructure (this is what ruined Leeds and Portsmouth NOT a lack of a salary-cap or the existence of pro/reg regardless of what Garber and Gutal tell you).
      9. The salary-cap only applies to cash the *team* is legally obligated to pay players…
      10. DPs don’t count against cap or roster limit.
      11. USA/CAN players under contracts they signed before age 23 are DPs. Players under contracts they signed if they represented USA/CAN in at least 20% of senior A level matches the 2 years before signing their contracts are DPs, or 40% in the previous 3 years, or 60% in the previous 4 years.
      11a. For foreign players the minimums are 40% previous 2 years, or 60% previous 3 years, or 80% previous 4.
      12. ALL players who start 60+% of their pro teams’ senior league/cup matches in the last 2 years are DPs if they play in a league equal to, or better than, MLS-2. 80% if it’s a lower league.
      13. Teams may buy/sell/trade DP status. This means LA could take DP status away from, say, Edson Buddle and sell the DP status to SEA while keeing Buddle.

      My $0.02

      • Charles

        July 25, 2010 at 12:14 am

        Also, not sure how you are going to have your games on Fridays, but play during the days in the winter ?
        Am I supposed to convince my boss my season tickets are more important ? Or is Seattle going to continue to draw 40k in the dark cold nights of Feb Fridays ?

    3. bandeeto

      July 21, 2010 at 12:54 am

      So you don’t watch your kids sports games? What about college sports? Local AAA-baseball, lower division hockey, basketball, football, etc? Didn’t ever go to your high school sports games growing up? Yes, you ONLY watch the best sports because anything less is trash. ManU’s players are born playing at the highest levels. They don’t develop, learn, or improve anywhere before making the first team. Makes perfect sense to me. By the way, where do you hail from? Just curious about your cultural sporting background.

      PS. If ManU campaigned the EPL next season with the B team they brought here would you still support them even though they’d have 0 chance of winning the EPL? Figure, since ManU wouldn’t be the best, you’d probably want to support somebody wearing blue or something.

    4. Football fan of Manchester United

      July 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      Well, I’ll be at the United game to cheer them on. I will never go to a mickeymouse league game after that, however. The league is shit, no matter how many Mexicans you guys sign. The EPL is where it’s at. I won’t be bothered to follow the usa domestic league. Not in this lifetime.

      • Charles

        July 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

        I will speak on most everyone’s behalf, so we don’t have a million messages.
        Thank you for the boycott. You probably don’t live in Seattle and probably wouldn’t sit next to me, but that was a concern of mine, pre-boycott.
        What a troll.
        What a tool.

        • Sam

          July 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

          Sorry to pipe in here.

          I really never understood this whole state of mind. Should people not watch basketball in Spain? Or baseball in Japan? I don’t have the money or time to book weekly flights to Heathrow. Obviously the EPL is a better league. That’s blatantly obvious.

          Sorry I don’t want to be a poser and buy a Man U kit. I grew up in New York, not Manchester. I love going to Timbers games, and the play is still entertaining despite being nowhere near the quality of play in several European leagues. I support the team because I live in Portland and love the game of soccer. I mean fuck, grow some balls you pussy.

          • This One Guy in Detroit

            July 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm

            Dammit, where did the thumbs-up button go.

    5. This One Guy in Detroit

      July 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Philadelphia had a good showing of 17,200+ but I was expecting sellouts for at least the first several home matches at PPL Park.

      You and me both. I have to say, the Philly numbers have been a bit stunning to me. I don’t get it.

    6. americanizingsoccer.com

      July 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Have we heard anything on the D.C. stadium? I noticed that attendance is only down 1%. I saw a game there once and thought it was a great place for Soccer? Can RFK ever get a foothold and be turned into the great soccer venue that it can be?

    7. Peter C

      July 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

      Forgot to mention, the Charlotte, Charleston and Portland friendlies were played in small venues.

      eplnfl: i have been preparing the numbers for the other WC years. I’m not surprised by this week. Big heat in some places.

      But I think long time watchers would say …
      Columbus, New England and Colorado simply haven’t been strong markets, regardless of the teams’ performances.
      Don’t think a ChivasUSA move to San Diego would be the worst thing.
      Wonder how many of the good DCU crowd bought their tix pre Beckham injury. Say what you want, but no one has had the influence on attendance that Becks has.

      • eplnfl

        July 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

        I can tell you that at Toyota Park you did not want to see in the sun! Boy was it hot. The fire game was the first game of the Superliga doubleheader and the fans in the sun where toasted. I moved to a cheaper but shaded seat just to get out of it.

        However, I can’t really say I thought attendance was held down in Chicago at least by the heat. A good amount of the stadium was shaded even for the early game.

    8. Charles

      July 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

      SOS (same old sh–) eplnfl,

      A bunch of tools show up in Man U jerseys to watch “their team”
      but won’t support soccer in this country.
      I respect the Timber’s fans more than most cities, at least their friendlies draw less.
      ps. I think the Sounders would draw close to 45k, but they cap it at 36k.
      Toronto says they have the same situation, but I am skeptical, I just see sooo many empty seats at those games.

      • eplnfl

        July 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

        Have to agree Charles.We would like to see a lot of the people who show up for Man U., etc. attend a MLS game on a regular basis. However, Toronto always packs the place and Portland and Seattle. Now New York, Chicago, and LA are different stories.

    9. The Goggles! They Do Nothing!

      July 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

      I cannot find the attendance figure for the Union-Celtic match at PPL ANYWHERE!
      I also cannot find up-to-date attendance projections/tickets sold for “Football At Fenway” match between Celtic and Sporting OR ticket sales for “New York Football Challenge”.

    10. eplnfl

      July 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

      This is a tough one to understand. The weekly numbers appear down from last year and the average per game over last year seem only up by a small amount at this point. However, the crowds especially for the big named friendlies seem great. What am I missing other than I am reading this early in the morning?

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