The Week 25 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 25||194 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 194 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||12,070||47.92%||17,927||48.52%||12||71.17%||25,189|
|Real Salt Lake||16,208||79.64%||16,759||3.40%||13||86.65%||19,340|
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.
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 Jose||1||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|Philadelphia||0||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|FC Dallas||2||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|RBNY||2||Red Bulls Reader|
|Real Salt Lake||1||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|Chicago||0||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Columbus||0||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|Houston||1||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|New England||0||Revolution Soccer|
|Los Angeles||2||LA – Official Blog|
|DC United||1||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|Chivas USA||0||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Kansas City||2||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Real Salt Lake||25||13||8||4||38||16||1.52||0.64||1.88||47||22|
|NY Red Bull||25||12||5||8||32||27||1.28||1.08||1.64||41||5|
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.
- 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).
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 A||Arabe Unido||RSL||Cruz Azul||Toronto||Home|
|Group B||Columbus||Municipal||Santos Laguna||Joe Public||Home|
|Group D||Toluca||Olimpia||Puerto Rico||FAS||Home|
|No Report on the Toluca/Olimpia match|
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.
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|
|CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – USOC=US Open Cup|
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