MLS attendance report: July 27, 2010

The Week 17 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 17129 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  16,028   7  15,592   14,698   113 
 2007  13,974  -12.82%  4  15,830  1.53%  15,005  2.08%  111 
 2008  23,000  64.59%  5  16,596  4.84%  17,493  16.58%  116 
 2009  19,313  -16.03%  6  15,525  -6.45%  15,743  -10.00%  124 
 2010  21,368  10.64%  5  16,671  7.38%  16,671  5.89%  129 
YTD – 129 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,592    13,016   22.48%  17.83% 
 2007   15,830    14,203   10.85%  23.26% 
 2008   16,596    15,371   10.85%  26.36% 
 2009   15,525    14,516   14.73%  19.38% 
 2010   16,671    14,389   8.53%  21.71% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 29,984  92.54%  36,159  20.59%  10  101.86%  35,500 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 22,614 NA 5  85.99%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,198  91.90%  20,494  1.47%  9  93.25%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,128  70.84%  20,315  6.21%  8  75.24%  27,000 
 Real Salt Lake 16,353  78.61%  16,632  1.70%  9  86.00%  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 13,114  65.57%  13,984  6.63%  10  69.92%  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

    A short schedule began with a bit over 17,700 at the HDC on Thursday for the California Clash, or whatever the hell they’re calling it. Toronto just about filled the house. Yeah, no surprise there. And another ‘no surprise’ was the sub 14,000 turning out for the Crew. Salt Lake had a terrific crowd of nearly 19,500 and on Sunday Seattle filled the house with over 36,300.

    Rookie Watch: Sorry, but I didn’t get to watch any MLS as I was in Kansas for the USASA U23 National Cup, which was won by an excellent Chicago Fire club.


    Week 17 Games
     
    Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
    San Jose2San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Toronto1TFC Connected
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Chivas USA1Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Seattle2Seattle Times
    Colorado1Undercurrent
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  18  12  4  2  29  10  1.61  0.56  2.22  40  19 
     Columbus  17  10  4  3  25  13  1.47  0.76  2.00  34  12 
     Real Salt Lake  17  9  4  4  29  14  1.71  0.82  1.82  31  15 
     Dallas  16  6  8  2  20  14  1.25  0.88  1.63  26  6 
     NY Red Bull 16  8  2  6  18  19  1.13  1.19  1.63  26  -1 
     Colorado  16  6  5  5  18  16  1.13  1.00  1.44  23  2 
     San Jose  15  6  5  4  20  18  1.33  1.20  1.53  23  2 
     Toronto FC  16  6  5  5  19  18  1.19  1.13  1.44  23  1 
     Seattle 18  6  4  8  20  25  1.11  1.39  1.22  22  -5 
     Houston  17  5  4  8  21  25  1.24  1.47  1.12  19  -4 
     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 16  4  3  9  18  22  1.13  1.38  0.94  15  -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 19 regular season home games.
    • Houston are winless in their last 7 games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 7 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 7 road games.
    • Toronto are unbeaten in their last 16 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
    • Los Angeles are unbeaten in their last 11 regular season home games(3 in ’09).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 32 draws compared to 44 in ’09 thru the first 129 matches.
    • There have been 80 clean sheets in the first 129 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 129 games: goal scoring is down around 5.4% from 2009, 2.43 vs 2.57.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 38 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(1) v Pumas(0) Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Tue, Jul 20
     New England(1) v Morelia(0) Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Tue, Jul 20
     Houston(1) v Puebla(0) Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX Wed, July 21
     ChivasUSA(1) v Pachuca(0) Home Depot Center, LA, CA Wed, July 21
    N.A. SuperLiga
    Group A
     WDLPtsGD
     Houston 2  1  0  7  2 
     Puebla 2  0  1  6  2 
     Chivas USA 1  1  1  4  0 
     Pachuca 0  0  3  0  -5 
    Group B
     WDLPtsGD
     New England 3  0  0  9  3 
     Monarchas Morelia 1  1  1  4  3 
     Chicago 1  0  2  3  -4 
     UNAM Pumas 0  1  2  1  -2 
    SuperLiga after Group Phase
     TotalGame DatesAverage
    2007 195,816  12  16,318 
    2008 161,167  12  13,431 
    2009 86,948  10  8,695 
    2010 104,803  10  10,480 
        
    2 Doubleheaders in 2009 and 2010 meant
      2 fewer separate game dates

    The semifinals are set with New England playing Puebla on Aug 4 and Houston playing Morelia on Aug 5.


    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.

    DC United(MLS) defeated Harrisburg(USL-2) in the last 4th round match. Harrisburg earned $10,000 for being the USL-2 club that advanced the furthest. Their outright win over RBNY was the tiebreaker over Charleston that required PK’s to down Chicago.

    In the semifinals, Columbus will play DC United on Sept 1, 7:30 p.m. ET @ RFK Stadium, Wash, DC 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
         
     Manchester City v RBNY
     Tottenham v Sporting Lisbon
     Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ Sun, July 25 Barclays NY
     Challenge
     23,228 
     Manchester Utd v KC Arrowhead Stadium, KC, MOSun, July 25 Friendly 52,424 
     Portsmouth v DCU RFK Stadium, Washington, DCSat, July 24 Friendly 8,987 
     Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ Sat, July 24 Barclays NY
     Challenge
     13,586 
     RBNY v Tottenham Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ Thu, July 22 Barclays NY
     Challenge
     20,312 
     Rangers v Sporting Lisbon Fenway Park, Boston, MAWed, July 21 Friendly 32,162 
     Man U v PHL Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PAWed, July 21 Friendly 44,213 
     Bolton v TFC BMO Field, TorontoWed, July 21 Friendly 19,507 
     Portsmouth v Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, ALBWed, July 21 Friendly 8,792 
     Houston v Puebla Robertson Stadium, Houston, TXWed, July 21 SuperLiga 10,033 
     ChivasUSA v Pachuca Home Depot Center, LA, CAWed, July 21 SuperLiga 14,817 
     Chicago v Pumas Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILTue, July 20 SuperLiga 9,429 
     NE v Morelia Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MATue, July 20 SuperLiga 8,173 
         
        total 265,663 
        average 20,436 

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