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MLS attendance report: Aug. 2, 2010

The Week 18 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 18137 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  11,399   7  15,564   14,549   120 
 2007  15,894  39.43%  6  15,966  2.58%  15,024  3.26%  117 
 2008  13,013  -18.13%  6  16,524  3.50%  17,272  14.97%  122 
 2009  16,634  27.83%  6  15,559  -5.84%  16,181  -6.32%  130 
 2010  15,713  -5.54%  8  16,615  6.78%  16,615  2.68%  137 
YTD – 137 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,564    13,056   21.17%  18.25% 
 2007   15,966    14,351   10.22%  23.36% 
 2008   16,524    15,276   11.68%  25.55% 
 2009   15,559    14,516   14.60%  18.98% 
 2010   16,615    14,389   8.03%  21.90% 

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 21,868 NA 6  87.47%  18,500 
 Toronto 20,198  91.90%  20,494  1.47%  9  93.25%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,292  71.45%  20,319  5.32%  9  75.26%  27,000 
 Houston 15,538  69.06%  16,878  8.62%  10  75.01%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 16,137  78.12%  16,740  3.74%  10  86.56%  19,340 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 11,385  45.20%  16,277  42.97%  8  64.62%  25,189 
 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 15,312  56.71%  14,322  -6.47%  8  53.04%  27,000 
 Columbus Crew 13,114  65.57%  13,984  6.63%  10  69.92%  20,000 
 Colorado Rapids 12,431  68.73%  13,215  6.31%  8  73.07%  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 10,024  96.52%  10,048  0.24%  9  96.75%  10,385 
 San Jose 11,513  58.80%  9,620  -16.44%  8  93.40%  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 weekend began in Philadelphia who cracked 18,000 in the house. A terribly small showing for the Rapids, just under 10,600. 24,750 were in Houston for Thierry Henry’s debut. There were sellouts in Kansas City and San Jose while over 17,700 came to Rio Tinto in Salt Lake. Another mediocre crowd at the HDC for Chivas. Isn’t it time for them to move to San Diego? On Sunday, the Galaxy drew over 20,300.

    Rookie Watch: Teal Bunbury scored for the Wizards. A mistake by one rookie, Shaun Francis leads to a goal by another, Blair Gavin.


    Week 18 Games
     
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
    New England1Revolution Soccer
     
    Colorado1Undercurrent
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Houston2Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
    RBNY2Red Bulls Reader
     
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Toronto0TFC Connected
     
    Real Salt Lake3RSL – Behind the Shield
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    San Jose0San Jose Center Line Soccer
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    Chivas USA3Chicago Fire Confidential
    Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
    Chicago3Chicago Fire Confidential
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  19  12  4  3  31  13  1.63  0.68  2.11  40  18 
     Real Salt Lake  18  10  4  4  32  14  1.78  0.78  1.89  34  18 
     Columbus  18  10  4  4  26  16  1.44  0.89  1.89  34  10 
     Dallas  17  6  9  2  21  15  1.24  0.88  1.59  27  6 
     NY Red Bull 17  8  3  6  20  21  1.18  1.24  1.59  27  -1 
     Seattle 19  7  4  8  21  25  1.11  1.32  1.32  25  -4 
     Colorado  17  6  6  5  19  17  1.12  1.00  1.41  24  2 
     San Jose  16  6  5  5  20  19  1.25  1.19  1.44  23  1 
     Toronto FC  17  6  5  6  19  19  1.12  1.12  1.35  23  0 
     Chicago  15  5  5  5  21  21  1.40  1.40  1.33  20  0 
     Houston  18  5  5  8  23  27  1.28  1.50  1.11  20  -4 
     Kansas City  17  5  4  8  14  20  0.82  1.18  1.12  19  -6 
     Chivas USA 17  5  3  9  21  23  1.24  1.35  1.06  18  -2 
     Philadelphia 15  4  3  8  19  27  1.27  1.80  1.00  15  -8 
     New England  16  4  3  9  16  27  1.00  1.69  0.94  15  -11 
     DC United  18  3  3  12  12  31  0.67  1.72  0.67  12  -19 

    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 20 regular season home games.
    • Houston are winless in their last 8 games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 8 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 8 road games.
    • Toronto are unbeaten in their last 16 regular season home games(7 in ’09).

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 35 draws compared to 47 in ’09 thru the first 137 matches.
    • There have been 83 clean sheets in the first 137 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 137 games: goal scoring is down around 5.6% from 2009, 2.45 vs 2.59.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 39 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
    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.


    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 Inter Milan M & T Stadium, Baltimore, MDSat, July 31 Friendly 36,569 
     Manchester Utd v MLS All Stars Reliant Stadium, Houston, TXWed, July 28 Friendly 70,728 
     Manchester City v Club America Georgia Dome, Atlanta GAWed, July 28 Friendly 33,721 
         
        total 141,018 
        average 47,006 

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  • 6 Comments

    6 Comments

    1. Peter C

      August 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Lysander:
      I normally don’t report on the prelim phase of the CONCACAF Champions League, but just for you.
      1st legs
      Home team listed first …

      A
      San Francisco(PAN) v Cruz Azul(MEX) – 725
      Toronto(CAN) v Motagua(HON) – 18,891
      B
      San Juan Jabloteh(T&T) v Santos Laguna(MEX) – 763
      Brujas(CRC) v Joe Public(T&T) – 253
      C
      Seattle(USA) v Isidro Metapan(SLV) – 17,228
      Tauro(PAN) v Marathon(HON) – 1,237
      D
      LA(USA) v Puerto Rico(CFU) – 6,783
      FAS(SLV) v Xelaju(GUA) – 4,200

    2. Lysander

      August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

      No CONCACAF attendence figures??? Just kidding… I understand. You do alot and it is appreciated. I just like always asking for more! 🙂

    3. Peter C

      August 2, 2010 at 10:21 am

      eplnfl:
      Yes, how could I have forgotten Sean Johnson.

      Crystal Baller:
      I’d have to double check the game times, but scheduling against Man U v All-Stars seems a major marketing error.

    4. Crystal Baller

      August 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

      That’s a troubling figure for an Atlanta game involving a Mexican team.

    5. Charles

      August 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Hopefully all the EuroHero bumps turn out like Seattle did. People realized in short order the team already had very talented players that are better and become a fan of the team rather than a has-been. (Not saying that all the DPs are has-beens)

      That being said, Seattle should open up the rest of QWest for the Chicago game.
      Interestingly enough, Ljungberg is the “Sounder” on the season ticket for that game !

    6. eplnfl

      August 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

      Interesting to note that both San Jose and Kansas City are playing near capacity in their small stadiums. KC had a large Man U bump reported after the friendly last week in season tickets for next year in their new arena.

      Rookie performance of note was Sean Johnson in the net for the Fire making his first MLS start after being the Fire’s reserve keeper all year so far. Johnson was the 51st pick in the 2010 draft for Chicago.

      Can Chicago v. NY sellout Toyota Park next Sunday? The game promises the Henry v. Ljundberg match up for the ESPN audience.

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