Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

The Week 24 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 24186 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  14,880   6  15,348   15,129   159 
 2007  17,987  20.88%  8  16,659  8.54%  16,118  6.54%  159 
 2008  16,016  -10.95%  7  16,450  -1.26%  17,073  5.92%  161 
 2009  16,148  0.82%  8  15,748  -4.26%  16,709  -2.13%  172 
 2010  18,444  14.22%  8  16,625  5.57%  16,625  -0.50%  186 
YTD – 186 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   15,348    13,866   19.35%  18.82% 
 2007   16,659    15,174   8.60%  28.49% 
 2008   16,450    15,078   11.29%  25.27% 
 2009   15,748    14,479   15.59%  19.35% 
 2010   16,625    14,569   6.99%  22.58% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 30,587  94.40%  36,167  18.24%  13  101.88%  35,500 
 Toronto 20,278  92.26%  20,665  1.91%  13  94.03%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 20,072  74.34%  20,224  0.76%  11  74.90%  27,000 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 19,894 NA 11  90.24%  18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 12,070  47.92%  17,927  48.52%  12  71.17%  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 13,912  69.56%  15,757  13.26%  11  78.79%  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 15,673  58.05%  13,792  -12.00%  11  51.08%  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 15,692  92.04%  9,702  -38.17%  11  94.19%  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

    Chicago drew 12,800+ on Wednesday. Big surprise, Seattle filled the house on Thursday. Another big surprise, only 10,700+ for Chivas USA on Friday. Toronto was just under 20,400. 19,000+ were in Harrison for the Red Bulls. A full house at PPL Park for the Union. The Quakes were also at capacity. Nearly 19,500 were at the HDC for the Galaxy.

    Rookie Watch: Tim Ream got his first for RBNY. Can’t speak to performances as I have company visiting and couldn’t watch any of the matches.

    Joel Lindpere, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) assisted on Henry’s goal for RBNY v TFC.


    Week 24 Games
     
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
    Toronto0TFC Connected
     
    Seattle0Seattle Times
    Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    Chivas USA2Chicago Fire Confidential
    New England0Revolution Soccer
     
    Toronto0TFC Connected
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    RBNY3Red Bulls Reader
    Colorado1Undercurrent
     
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    San Jose0San Jose Center Line Soccer
    FC Dallas03rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Los Angeles3LA – Official Blog
    Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  24  14  5  5  36  18  1.50  0.75  1.96  47  18 
     Real Salt Lake  24  12  8  4  37  16  1.54  0.67  1.83  44  21 
     Columbus  24  13  5  6  33  23  1.38  0.96  1.83  44  10 
     Dallas  23  10  11  2  29  17  1.26  0.74  1.78  41  12 
     NY Red Bull 24  12  4  8  30  25  1.25  1.04  1.67  40  5 
     Colorado  23  9  7  7  29  24  1.26  1.04  1.48  34  5 
     San Jose  22  9  6  7  24  23  1.09  1.05  1.50  33  1 
     Seattle 24  9  6  9  26  29  1.08  1.21  1.38  33  -3 
     Toronto FC  24  7  7  10  22  27  0.92  1.13  1.17  28  -5 
     Kansas City  22  7  6  9  22  24  1.00  1.09  1.23  27  -2 
     Chicago  22  6  8  8  28  30  1.27  1.36  1.18  26  -2 
     Chivas USA 23  7  4  12  25  29  1.09  1.26  1.09  25  -4 
     Philadelphia 23  6  6  11  27  38  1.17  1.65  1.04  24  -11 
     New England  23  7  3  13  24  38  1.04  1.65  1.04  24  -14 
     Houston  23  6  5  12  28  38  1.22  1.65  1.00  23  -10 
     DC United  24  5  3  16  16  37  0.67  1.54  0.75  18  -21 

    Columbus, RSL and Dallas lost points to LA in the 4 team race for the Supporters’ Shield. Some tasty matches next week. Seattle visits Columbus and the Red Bulls visit Dallas. Chicago missed out taking advantage of its game-in-hand situation by taking only 1 point from 6, but got lucky as Seattle drew. Toronto also did themselves no good by taking only 1 point from 6, including a home loss to league bottom feeders DC United and failing to score in both matches. Three scoreless draws this week. Think playoff pressure is taking hold?


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 22 regular season home games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 14 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 11 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 9 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 47 draws compared to 57 in ’09 thru the first 186 matches.
    • There have been 119 clean sheets in the first 186 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 186 games: goal scoring is down around 8.4% from 2009, 2.34 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).

    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
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    • Aug 19 – Marathón v Seattle–>

    Group play continues this week. 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


    Fixture Congestion

    A rough go for Seattle as their next four matches, 2 MLS and 2 CCL are on the road.

    Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams
     TFCSEACLBRSL
     8/24/10CCL CCL 
     8/25/10 CCL CCL
     8/28/10MLSMLSMLSMLS
     8/29/10    
     9/1/10 USOCUSOC 
     9/4/10MLSMLSMLSMLS
     9/8/10MLS   
     9/9/10 MLS MLS
     9/11/10  MLS 
     9/14/10 CCLCCL 
     9/15/10CCL  CCL
     9/18/10MLSMLSMLSMLS
     9/21/10CCL CCL 
     9/22/10 CCL CCL
     9/25/10MLSMLSMLSMLS
     Days 33  32  33  32 
     Games8998
     Games/Day 4.1  3.6  3.7  4.0 
    CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – USOC=US Open Cup

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