Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 26

The Week 26 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 26Thru Week 26 YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- GP
 2006  15,419   7  15,014   174 
 2007  23,104  49.84%  7  16,475  9.73%  174 
 2008  16,948  -26.64%  6  16,448  -0.16%  174 
 2009  14,973  -11.65%  8  15,748  -4.26%  183 
 2010  16,022  7.01%  10  16,517  4.88%  204 
YTD
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006  15,014  13,196  20.69%  16.67% 
 2007  16,475  15,008  8.62%  26.44% 
 2008  16,448  15,188  11.49%  24.71% 
 2009  15,748  14,516  15.85%  19.13% 
 2010  16,517  14,935  7.84%  22.06% 

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 
 LA Galaxy 19,812  73.38%  20,735  4.66%  13  76.80%  27,000 
 Toronto 20,308  92.40%  20,622  1.55%  14  93.83%  21,978 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 19,609 NA 12  90.16%  18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 12,070  47.92%  17,927  48.52%  12  71.17%  25,189 
 Real Salt Lake 16,211  79.94%  16,870  4.07%  14  87.23%  19,340 
 Houston 16,107  71.59%  16,860  4.67%  13  74.93%  22,500 
 Chicago 14,113  70.56%  15,901  12.67%  12  79.50%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 14,272  71.36%  14,597  2.28%  13  72.98%  20,000 
 D.C. United 15,452  68.67%  14,237  -7.86%  13  63.28%  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 13,432  59.70%  12,183  -9.30%  13  54.14%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 9,258  43.69%  10,884  17.56%  13  51.36%  21,193 
 KC Wizards 10,022  96.50%  10,097  0.76%  13  97.23%  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

    The week began with Dallas’ return to form, under 7,500 coming out to PHP. Kansas City fell shy of selling out, with just under 9,700 coming out for its midweek tilt. The Galaxy had its 2nd sellout of the season for the battle of the DP’s. Philly drew a good crowd of over 16,400, but I was still expecting closer to sellouts for the Union. Toronto had its normal 20,000+, but with its playoff hopes fading for the 4th year in a row, it will be interesting to see how it draws for its last home game of the season. Over 13,800 came to RFK to see DC United. I guess that’s not too bad considering the team’s performance this year. The Revs had a typical crowd of 13,500+. Chicago had a very decent turnout of just under 17,500. The Wizards sold out. A terrific crowd came to Rio Tinto for the Rocky Mountain Cup match, 18,300+.

    Rookie Watch: Teal Bunbury scored this week. Andy Najar scored for DC United.

    Kei Kamara and Ryan Smith, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) scored for KC v Houston. Smith also scored vs Dallas. Joel Lindpere had a fine match for RBNY v the Galaxy. Geoff Cameron, back from injury, scored for Houston.


    Week 26 Games
     
    FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
    New England2Revolution Soccer
     
    Kansas City4Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    Houston3Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
    RBNY2Red Bulls Reader
     
    Philadelphia3Philadelphia Union Talk
    Chivas USA0Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Toronto2TFC Connected
    San Jose3San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    DC United1DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
    Houston3Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    New England2Revolution Soccer
    Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
    FC Dallas33rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    Real Salt Lake1RSL – Behind the Shield
    Colorado1Undercurrent
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  26  15  5  6  38  21  1.46  0.81  1.92  50  17 
     Real Salt Lake  26  13  9  4  39  17  1.50  0.65  1.85  48  22 
     Dallas  26  11  13  2  36  22  1.38  0.85  1.77  46  14 
     Columbus  26  13  6  7  35  29  1.35  1.12  1.73  45  6 
     NY Red Bull 26  13  5  8  34  27  1.31  1.04  1.69  44  7 
     San Jose  24  11  6  7  28  25  1.17  1.04  1.63  39  3 
     Seattle 26  11  6  9  31  29  1.19  1.12  1.50  39  2 
     Colorado  25  10  8  7  33  25  1.32  1.00  1.52  38  8 
     Kansas City  25  9  6  10  29  30  1.16  1.20  1.32  33  -1 
     Toronto FC  26  8  7  11  26  31  1.00  1.19  1.19  31  -5 
     Philadelphia 25  7  6  12  30  39  1.20  1.56  1.08  27  -9 
     Chicago  24  6  8  10  28  32  1.17  1.33  1.08  26  -4 
     Houston  26  7  5  14  35  45  1.35  1.73  1.00  26  -10 
     New England  26  7  5  14  28  45  1.08  1.73  1.00  26  -17 
     Chivas USA 25  7  4  14  25  34  1.00  1.36  1.00  25  -9 
     DC United  26  5  3  18  18  42  0.69  1.62  0.69  18  -24 

    Do we now have a 5 team race for the Supporters’ Shield? The top five teams, all with 4 games remaining, are separated by 6 points. Los Angeles and Dallas play on the last weekend of the season. And if San Jose were to win its 2 games in hand, they would join the party. KC lost an opportunity to draw closer to the playoffs with their home loss to Dallas. DC United appears to have all but locked up the 3rd pick in next year’s SuperDraft.


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 24 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 17 games.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 11 road games, an MLS record.
    • Colorado are unbeaten in their last 9 home games.
    • New England are winless in their last 11 road games.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 51 draws compared to 63 in ’09 thru the first 204 matches.
    • There have been 127 clean sheets in the first 204 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 204 games: goal scoring is down around 5.0% from 2009, 2.42 vs 2.54.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 44 home league matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
    • DC United have yielded 17 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

    Toronto came away with a draw at Cruz Azul, while Seattle gave up a surprising 2 goal lead after 70 minutes, giving up 3 goals in 4 minutes to Monterrey. Too bad, because despite their previous 3 losses, with Saprissa’s loss, the Sounders actually had a chance to advance had they held on to the lead. RSL and Columbus lead their respective groups.

    • 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–>
    • Sep 14 — Columbus 3 Joe Public 0
    • Sep 14 — Saprissa 2 Seattle 0
    • Sep 15 — Real Salt Lake 4 Toronto 1
    • Sep 21 — Columbus 1 Santos Laguna 0
    • Sep 21 — Cruz Azul 0 Toronto 0
    • Sep 22 — Arabe Unido 2 Real Salt Lake 3
    • Sep 22 — Monterrey 3 Seattle 2
    • Sep 28 — Toronto v RSL
    • Sep 29 — Municipal v Columbus
    • Sep 29 — Seattle v Marathón
    CONCACAF Champions League Group Phase
     Group AArabe UnidoRSLCruz AzulTorontoHome
     Arabe Unido(PAN)X5002,9755011,325
     RSL(USA)10,626XNP11,57911,103
     Cruz Azul(MEX)NP6,156X5,2805,718
     Toronto(CAN)NPNP16,862X16,862
     Away10,6263,3289,9195,787 
     Group BColumbusMunicipalSantos LagunaJoe PublicHome
     Columbus(USA)X5,7456,2985,4455,829
     Municipal(GUA)NPX10,4142,4986,456
     Santos Laguna(MEX)4,700NPXNP4,700
     Joe Public(T&T)900500NPX700
     Away2,8003,1238,3563,972 
     Group CMonterreySaprissaSeattleMarathonHome
     Monterrey(MEX)X12,04219,6979,62813,789
     Saprissa(CRC)NPX3,0002,8992,950
     Seattle(USA)22,513NPXNP22,513
     Marathon(HON)NP1,8201,990X1,905
     Away22,5136,9318,2296,264 
     Group DTolucaOlimpiaPuerto RicoFASHome
     Toluca(MEX)XNA5,165NP5,165
     Olimpia(HON)4,654XNP9,2006,927
     Puerto Rico(CFU)NP2,632X2,0502,341
     FAS(SLV)3,500NP3,500X3,500
     Away4,0772,6324,3335,625 
     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


    Some Euro League Teams with Less Than 21,000 Attendance(in response to a reader’s request)

    Total number of league teams in parenthesis.

    2009-10
    Under 21,000 Attendance
    Bundesliga(18)
     FSV Mainz 05 20,085 
    EPL(20)
     Burnley 20,653 
     Portsmouth 18,249 
     Wigan Athletic 18,006 
    La Liga(20)
     Deportivo La Coruña 20,337 
     CD Tenerife 19,148 
     Villarreal CF 17,572 
     Real Valladolid 17,187 
     CA Osasuna 16,615 
     Racing Santander 16,351 
     Xerez CD 16,201 
     RCD Mallorca 13,452 
     UD Almería 11,661 
     Getafe CF 11,658 
    Serie A(20)
     Bologna FC 20,145 
     Parma FC 17,790 
     Udinese 17,014 
     Catania 15,669 
     Atalanta 14,021 
     Cagliari 13,592 
     Chievo Verona 11,944 
     AC Siena 11,053 
     AS Livorno 10,369 
    Ligue 1(20)
     Toulouse FC 19,176 
     Montpellier 17,981 
     AS Nancy Lorraine 16,312 
     LOSC Lille 14,933 
     Grenoble 13,909 
     FC Sochaux 13,309 
     AJ Auxerre 12,337 
     FC Lorient 12,208 
     Boulogne 12,133 
     Valenciennes FC 12,122 
     Le Mans 9,214 
     Nice 8,714 
     AS Monaco FC 7,893 
    SPL(12)
     Hearts 14,484 
     Hibernian 12,164 
     Aberdeen 11,012 
     Dundee Utd 7,864 
     Kilmarnock 5,919 
     Falkirk 5,635 
     Motherwell 5,028 
     St Johnstone 4,717 
     St Mirren 4,414 
     Hamilton 3,005 

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