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MLS attendance report: Sept. 20, 2010

The Week 25 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 25194 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2006  12,373   8  16,126   14,997   167 
 2007  18,809  52.02%  8  16,743  3.83%  16,251  8.36%  167 
 2008  15,671  -16.68%  7  16,336  -2.43%  17,015  4.70%  168 
 2009  10,176  -35.06%  3  15,737  -3.67%  16,597  -2.45%  175 
 2010  15,378  51.11%  8  16,573  5.32%  16,573  -0.14%  194 
YTD – 194 Games
 AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2006   16,126    14,648   13.47%  24.09% 
 2007   16,743    15,321   8.25%  29.38% 
 2008   16,336    15,030   11.34%  24.74% 
 2009   15,737    14,573   15.46%  19.07% 
 2010   16,573    14,935   7.22%  22.16% 

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 19,912  73.75%  20,213  1.51%  12  74.86%  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 
 Houston 16,107  71.59%  16,860  4.67%  13  74.93%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 16,208  79.64%  16,759  3.40%  13  86.65%  19,340 
 Chicago 13,912  69.56%  15,757  13.26%  11  78.79%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 14,272  71.36%  14,597  2.28%  13  72.98%  20,000 
 D.C. United 15,542  69.07%  14,271  -8.17%  12  63.43%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 15,551  57.60%  13,925  -10.46%  12  51.57%  27,000 
 Colorado Rapids 12,614  69.75%  13,046  3.42%  12  72.14%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 13,221  58.76%  12,070  -8.71%  12  53.64%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 9,311  43.94%  11,169  19.95%  12  52.70%  21,193 
 KC Wizards 10,010  96.39%  10,109  0.99%  11  97.34%  10,385 
 San Jose 15,137  91.82%  9,569  -36.78%  12  92.90%  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

    San Jose drew a disappointing 8100+ for its midweek match vs Philly. Dallas had its 2nd largest crowd for its Thursday game vs the Red Bulls. A relatively small turnout in Salt Lake for a Saturday afternoon match. And before anyone comments, I think it’s time to stop saying it’s because of college football. This is the MLS Cup Champion on an astonishing run of success at home. OK, mini-rant over. Columbus drew over 17,100, its 2nd largest turnout this season. 16,400+ were in Houston. Colorado also had over 16,300 show up. Anyone know why they had a decent gate? Chivas USA also had its 2nd largest crowd, just over 15,300 for a late Sunday afternoon start.

    Seattle DP Blaise Nfuko not only scored his first MLS goal, he bagged a hat trick vs Columbus.

    Rookie Watch: Eric Alexander scored for Dallas. Teal Bunbury netted his 3rd for KC. Can’t speak to performances as I still have company visiting and couldn’t watch any of the matches.

    Kei Kamara, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) scored and had an assist in the Wizards victory.


    Week 25 Games
     
    San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
    Philadelphia0Philadelphia Union Talk
     
    FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    RBNY2Red Bulls Reader
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
    Seattle4Seattle Times
     
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
    Toronto2TFC Connected
     
    Colorado3Undercurrent
    New England0Revolution Soccer
     
    Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    Chivas USA0Chicago Fire Confidential
    Kansas City2Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  25  15  5  5  38  19  1.52  0.76  2.00  50  19 
     Real Salt Lake  25  13  8  4  38  16  1.52  0.64  1.88  47  22 
     Columbus  25  13  5  7  33  27  1.32  1.08  1.76  44  6 
     Dallas  24  10  12  2  31  19  1.29  0.79  1.75  42  12 
     NY Red Bull 25  12  5  8  32  27  1.28  1.08  1.64  41  5 
     Colorado  24  10  7  7  32  24  1.33  1.00  1.54  37  8 
     San Jose  23  10  6  7  25  23  1.09  1.00  1.57  36  2 
     Seattle 25  10  6  9  30  29  1.20  1.16  1.44  36  1 
     Toronto FC  25  8  7  10  24  28  0.96  1.12  1.24  31  -4 
     Kansas City  23  8  6  9  24  24  1.04  1.04  1.30  30  0 
     Chicago  23  6  8  9  28  31  1.22  1.35  1.13  26  -3 
     Chivas USA 24  7  4  13  25  31  1.04  1.29  1.04  25  -6 
     Philadelphia 24  6  6  12  27  39  1.13  1.63  1.00  24  -12 
     New England  24  7  3  14  24  41  1.00  1.71  1.00  24  -17 
     Houston  24  6  5  13  29  40  1.21  1.67  0.96  23  -11 
     DC United  25  5  3  17  17  39  0.68  1.56  0.72  18  -22 

    Columbus and Dallas lost points to LA in the 4 team race for the Supporters’ Shield. The marquee matches next week is LA vs Red Bulls although both teams are playoff bound. Toronto v San Jose and Seattle vs Chicago will have more impact, although the Fire will need a lot of help even if they defeat the Sounders.


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 23 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 15 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 11 road games, an MLS record.
    • Colorado are unbeaten in their last 9 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 10 road games.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 48 draws compared to 60 in ’09 thru the first 194 matches.
    • There have been 124 clean sheets in the first 194 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 194 games: goal scoring is down around 9.2% from 2009, 2.36 vs 2.59.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 42 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
    • DC United have yielded 16 goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
    • 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. Seattle had lost its 3 matches and looks done for in the tourney.

    • 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
      <!–

    • Aug 19 – Marathón v Seattle–>
    • Sep 14 — Columbus 3 Joe Public 0
    • Sep 14 — Saprissa 2 Seattle 0
    • Sep 15 — Real Salt Lake 4 Toronto 1
    • 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)X02,9755011,738
     RSL(USA)10,626X011,57911,103
     Cruz Azul(MEX)06,156X06,156
     Toronto(CAN)0016,862X16,862
     Away10,6266,1569,919501 
     Group BColumbusMunicipalSantos LagunaJoe PublicHome
     Columbus(USA)X5,74505,4455,595
     Municipal(GUA)0X10,4142,4986,456
     Santos Laguna(MEX)4,7000X04,700
     Joe Public(T&T)90000X900
     Away2,8005,7453,4713,972 
     Group CMonterreySaprissaSeattleMarathonHome
     Monterrey(MEX)X12,04209,62810,835
     Saprissa(CRC)0X3,0002,8992,950
     Seattle(USA)22,5130X022,513
     Marathon(HON)001,990X1,990
     Away22,51312,0422,4956,264 
     Group DTolucaOlimpiaPuerto RicoFASHome
     Toluca(MEX)XNA5,16505,165
     Olimpia(HON)0X09,2003,067
     Puerto Rico(CFU)02,632X2,0502,341
     FAS(SLV)3,50000X3,500
     Away3,5002,6325,1655,625 
     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 they are in the middle of a four match road run, 2 MLS and 2 CCL. So far they’ve split, losing in CCL and winning at Columbus in MLS.

    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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  • 8 Comments

    8 Comments

    1. astroboy

      September 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      @PeterC

      I hope I didn’t come across (too) defensive 🙂 , just as a Salt Lake resident, RSL season ticket holder, and someone who couldn’t make the game last week, I thought I’d chime in.

      I, like you, would love to see more consistent numbers week to week.

    2. Charles

      September 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      Don’t disagree with the mini rant. People either need to support soccer or don’t
      but don’t whine about it not being good enough after spending no money.

      BUT…and there is always a big but,
      MLS needs to be a little smarter sometimes. MANY of us…MANY…watch a lot of sports and are huge Mariners fans, Seaahawks fans, etc. And while those choices are easy in Seattle right now, other cities actually have sports teams that win.

      IF they want the all around sport’s fan, and they should, dont make people make choices. The Buckeyes have been a part of Columbus a lot longer than the Crew.

    3. DCLee

      September 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Nice article and good posts!

    4. Simple Math

      September 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      Why doesn’t MLS reduce its schedule to playing games only on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons? If you look at the average suburban goon with kids (me), you’ll see that time is at a premium. I have money to spend on soccer, certainly, but keeping the games at night and on Saturdays would help me get done everything else I need to do. Even if I had a stadium to visit in the city, I’d love to go down and make it a day long event, but couldn’t do it unless it was a Saturday.

    5. Pete

      September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      San Jose will always draw bad on Wednesday night games. Most people in the valley work late hours. Factor in that it is a schoolnight and that traffic is bad on the highways leading to the game during the week, and you get low attendance.

    6. Move Columbus to Cleveland

      September 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

      Columbus is an embarassment and should never have been in MLS. They can thank Hunt (who also gave us FC Dallas and Kansas City).

    7. Peter C

      September 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

      astroboy:

      Perhaps you’re right and I was premature with my mini rant. Guess I’m just too eager to see a week to week consistency without any ‘off weeks’ when it comes to attendance.
      As for Columbus, I’ve been down that road before and have left them in my rear view mirror for the time being. It makes no sense, at least in recent years with the club’s success.

    8. astroboy

      September 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

      Just want to address your mini-rant against RSL attendance (as a RSL season ticket holder).

      I agree that I don’t think the poor attendance was due to college football. I’m not sure why, but I think it has to do with it being an early afternoon match. I myself was not able to attend due to other obligations on a saturday afternoon, and I think thats the general case around Salt Lake. Had it been a regular evening game at 7pm I’d have been able to go.

      I also think that your opinion that just because they’re Cup Champs means they should be immune to poor attendance. I love that you compile these numbers, but they need to be looked at as a whole, not individual games. RSL had great attendance last season, even though they had a poor and very frustrating regular season (sometimes forgotten due to them winning the cup). A to-date improvement of 3.4%, in what I understand is the smallest MLS market, is very respectable.

      Throw in the respectable numbers RSL is pulling in the CCL, and I think your rant falls a little flat. If you feel so strongly about the premise of your opinion, rip Columbus: they’re two time defending Supporters Shield winners, recent Cup winners, and had until Saturday the most recent and longest home winning streak in the league. Their home attendance should be blowing doors off.

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