Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 23

The Week 23 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 23177 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  11,814   10  15,158   15,139   153 
 2007  17,413  47.39%  7  16,522  9.00%  16,019  5.82%  151 
 2008  19,222  10.39%  6  16,472  -0.30%  17,121  6.88%  154 
 2009  16,665  -13.31%  9  15,749  -4.39%  16,737  -2.25%  164 
 2010  14,748  -11.50%  8  16,543  5.04%  16,543  -1.16%  178 
YTD – 178 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,158    13,452   20.22%  16.85% 
 2007   16,522    15,046   8.43%  26.97% 
 2008   16,472    15,188   11.24%  25.28% 
 2009   15,749    14,525   16.29%  19.66% 
 2010   16,543    14,434   7.30%  22.47% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 30,412  93.87%  36,174  18.94%  12  101.90%  35,500 
 Toronto 20,288  92.31%  20,688  1.97%  12  94.13%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 19,379  71.78%  20,298  4.74%  10  75.18%  27,000 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 20,027 NA 10  89.41%  18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 12,229  48.55%  17,828  45.79%  11  70.78%  25,189 
 Real Salt Lake 16,091  78.74%  16,952  5.35%  12  87.65%  19,340 
 Houston 15,938  70.84%  16,895  6.01%  12  75.09%  22,500 
 Chicago 13,724  68.62%  16,044  16.90%  10  80.22%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 13,714  68.57%  14,384  4.89%  12  71.92%  20,000 
 D.C. United 15,542  69.07%  14,271  -8.17%  12  63.43%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 16,107  59.65%  14,093  -12.50%  10  52.20%  27,000 
 Colorado Rapids 12,771  70.61%  12,749  -0.17%  11  70.49%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 13,221  58.76%  12,070  -8.71%  12  53.64%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 9,229  43.55%  10,811  17.15%  11  51.01%  21,193 
 KC Wizards 10,010  96.39%  10,109  0.99%  11  97.34%  10,385 
 San Jose 11,104  62.65%  9,638  -13.21%  10  93.57%  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. Their 7th match was also at OAC and they drew over 17,100. Their 11th was part of a doubleheader with Barcelona and drew over 61,500.

    Observations

    Philadelphia drew over 17,000, but still can’t win at home. The Rapids’ run to the playoffs means nothing in Denver. Only 10,300+ showing up as owner Stan Kroenke bought the St. Louis NFL Rams. LA is still a big draw as over 21,000 were at Toyota Park for the Fire match. DC United’s performance is now really showing at the gate as only 12,000 came out for the Crew. A typical Revs crowd of 13,100+ were at Gillette. Dallas, same as Colorado. Despite their fantasic season, only 10,033 came out to PHP. Not the case in Sandy, UT as 19,100 turned out for the Thierry Henry road show. A decent, but sub-par turnout in Houston of just over 15,000.

    Rookie Watch: No rookie scorers this week. Can’t speak to performances as I have company visiting and couldn’t watch any of the matches.


    Week 23 Games
     
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Colorado3Undercurrent
    Chivas USA0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Chicago1Chicago Fire Confidential
    Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
     
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    New England3Revolution Soccer
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    Toronto0TFC Connected
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
     
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
    San Jose2San Jose Center Line Soccer
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  23  13  5  5  33  17  1.43  0.74  1.91  44  16 
     Columbus  23  13  5  5  32  20  1.39  0.87  1.91  44  12 
     Real Salt Lake  23  12  7  4  37  16  1.61  0.70  1.87  43  21 
     Dallas  22  10  10  2  29  17  1.32  0.77  1.82  40  12 
     NY Red Bull 23  11  4  8  27  24  1.17  1.04  1.61  37  3 
     Colorado  22  9  7  6  28  21  1.27  0.95  1.55  34  7 
     San Jose  21  9  5  7  24  23  1.14  1.10  1.52  32  1 
     Seattle 23  9  5  9  26  29  1.13  1.26  1.39  32  -3 
     Kansas City  22  7  6  9  22  24  1.00  1.09  1.23  27  -2 
     Toronto FC  22  7  6  9  22  26  1.00  1.18  1.23  27  -4 
     Chicago  20  6  7  7  28  29  1.40  1.45  1.25  25  -1 
     New England  22  7  3  12  24  36  1.09  1.64  1.09  24  -12 
     Houston  23  6  5  12  28  38  1.22  1.65  1.00  23  -10 
     Chivas USA 22  6  4  12  23  29  1.05  1.32  1.00  22  -6 
     Philadelphia 22  5  6  11  26  38  1.18  1.73  0.95  21  -12 
     DC United  23  4  3  16  15  37  0.65  1.61  0.65  15  -22 

    Well, suddenly we have a 4 team race for the Supporters’ Shield. Next weekend Columbus visits LA. Chicago has 3 games in hand over Seattle, who is in the last playoff position, and trails by 7 points. But they’ll also have to leapfrog Kansas City and Toronto.


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 22 regular season home games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 13 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 10 road games, an MLS record.
    • Colorado are unbeaten in their last 8 home games.
    • Houston are winless in their last 8 road games. And they’ve been scoreless in their last 4 road games.
    • New England are winless in their last 8 road games.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • LA is the only club to have earned more than 50% of its points on the road.
    • There have been 44 draws compared to 53 in ’09 thru the first 178 matches.
    • There have been 110 clean sheets in the first 178 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 178 games: goal scoring is down around 6.8% from 2009, 2.38 vs 2.56.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 41 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
    • DC United have yielded 14 goals in the last 15 minutes.
    • Dallas have not given up more than 1 goal since April 22.
    • San Jose has gone from one the worst allowing late goals in ’09 to the 3rd stingiest in ’10(as a percentage of total goals allowed).

    N.A. SuperLiga

    Monarchas Morelia beat the New England Revs to win the 2010 N.A. SuperLiga. Below are the final attendance numbers for the tourney.

    SuperLiga Totals
     TotalGame DatesAverage
    2007 247,251  15  16,483 
    2008 195,380  15  13,025 
    2009 114,163  12  9,514 
    2010 128,712  13  9,901 
        
    Doubleheaders in meant
      3 fewer separate game dates

    CONCACAF Champions League

    After a good showing for MLS in the first group phase matches, they pulled an oh-for four in the 2nd round.

    • Aug 17 — Toronto 2 Cruz Azul 1
    • Aug 18 — Columbus 1 Municipal 0
    • Aug 18 — Real Salt Lake 2 Arabe Unido 1
    • Aug 19 — Marathón 2 Seattle 1
    • Aug 24 – Arabe Unido 1 Toronto 0
    • Aug 24 – Santos Laguna 1 Columbus 0
    • Aug 25 – Cruz Azul 5 Real Salt Lake 4
    • Aug 25 – Seattle 0 Monterrey 2

    Group play continues in two weeks. The matches with MLS teams are(home team listed first) …

    • Sep 14 — Columbus v Joe Public
    • Sep 14 — Saprissa v Seattle
    • Sep 15 — Real Salt Lake v Toronto
    • Sep 21 — Columbus v Santos Laguna
    • Sep 21 — Cruz Azul v Toronto
    • Sep 22 — Arabe Unido v Real Salt Lake
    • Sep 22 — Monterrey v Seattle
    CONCACAF Champions League Group Phase
     Group AArabe UnidoRSLCruz AzulTorontoHome
     Arabe Unido(PAN)X00501501
     RSL(USA)10,626X0010,626
     Cruz Azul(MEX)06,156X06,156
     Toronto(CAN)0016,862X16,862
     Away10,6266,15616,862501 
     Group BColumbusMunicipalSantos LagunaJoe PublicHome
     Columbus(USA)X5,745005,745
     Municipal(GUA)0X02,4982,498
     Santos Laguna(MEX)4,7000X04,700
     Joe Public(T&T)90000X900
     Away2,8005,74502,498 
     Group CMonterreySaprissaSeattleMarathónHome
     Monterrey(MEX)X12,0420012,042
     Saprissa(CRC)0X02,8992,899
     Seattle(USA)22,5130X022,513
     Marathón(HON)001,990X1,990
     Away22,51312,0421,9902,899 
     Group DTolucaOlimpiaPuerto RicoFASHome
     Toluca(MEX)X0000
     Olimpia(HON)0X000
     Puerto Rico(CFU)02,632X2,0502,341
     FAS(SLV)3,50000X3,500
     Away3,5002,63202,050 
     No Report on the Toluca/Olimpia match

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

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

    In the semifinals, Columbus defeated DC United and Seattle beat ChivasUSA. Seattle, the defending champion, will host the final at Qwest Field on Tuesday, October 5.

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure


    Eric, you will be missed.


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