Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28

The Week 28 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 28Thru Week 28 YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- GP
 2006  19,097   6  15,348   186 
 2007  19,419  1.68%  6  16,636  8.39%  187 
 2008  16,219  -16.48%  7  16,396  -1.44%  188 
 2009  13,381  -17.50%  8  15,656  -4.51%  198 
 2010  15,013  12.20%  8  16,513  5.47%  222 
Thru Week 28
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006  15,348  13,866  19.35%  18.82% 
 2007  16,636  15,059  8.56%  28.34% 
 2008  16,396  15,037  11.17%  25.00% 
 2009  15,656  14,479  16.16%  18.69% 
 2010  16,513  15,050  7.66%  22.07% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 30,739  94.87%  36,160  17.64%  14  101.86%  35,500 
 LA Galaxy 19,812  73.38%  20,735  4.66%  13  76.80%  27,000 
 Toronto 20,324  92.47%  20,622  1.47%  14  93.83%  21,978 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 19,301 NA 14  90.67%  18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 11,861  47.09%  18,625  57.03%  14  73.94%  25,189 
 Real Salt Lake 16,211  79.94%  16,870  4.07%  14  87.23%  19,340 
 Houston 16,160  71.82%  16,833  4.16%  14  74.81%  22,500 
 Chicago 14,300  71.50%  15,841  10.77%  13  79.20%  20,000 
 ChivasUSA 15,132  56.05%  14,557  -3.80%  14  53.92%  27,000 
 Columbus Crew 14,279  71.39%  14,330  0.36%  14  71.65%  20,000 
 D.C. United 16,075  71.44%  14,279  -11.17%  14  63.46%  22,500 
 Colorado Rapids 12,031  66.52%  13,014  8.18%  14  71.96%  18,086 
 NE Revolution 13,422  59.65%  12,607  -6.07%  14  56.03%  22,500 
 FC Dallas 12,441  58.70%  10,815  -13.07%  15  51.03%  21,193 
 KC Wizards 10,030  96.58%  10,199  1.69%  14  98.21%  10,385 
 San Jose 14,782  92.33%  9,589  -35.13%  13  93.10%  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.
  • FC Dallas’ 14th home match in 2009 was part of a doubleheader(Mexico v Colombia), played at the Cotton Bowl, drawing over 51,000.

    Observations

    Philadelphia drew its biggest crowd of the year at PPL for the Gals visit. The Fire pulled in 15,100+ for a Friday night tilt. A good, but still disappointing 20,800+ in Harrison for a visit by RSL. In Dallas, well, it’s Dallas. Just over 10,100 saw FCD break the single season record for games without a loss. Mmmm, I know the 5th largest city in the country, with no pro soccer team at any level, would welcome a struggling team. A pretty good crowd in DC, considering the season they’re having, 14,800+. Kansas City drew standing room only, 11,500+. Chivas USA had 12,400+ for its meaningless match vs TFC. A terrific count of nearly 16,500 for a Sunday evening match in Houston, showing what a good soccer town it is.

    Rookie Watch: No rookie scorers this week. Of the games I watched, only Tim Ream’s performance for RBNY stood out in my mind. Michael Stephens started out strong for LA but seemed to fade as the match vs Philadelphia wore on. Feel free to express your rookie observations in the comment section.


    Week 28 Games
     
    Philadelphia0Philadelphia Union Talk18,779
    Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog
     
    Chicago2Chicago Fire Confidential15,124
    Columbus0Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    RBNY0Red Bulls Reader20,829
    Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    FC Dallas23rd Degree – Buzz Carrick10,119
    Colorado2Undercurrent
     
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider14,822
    San Jose2San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Kansas City1Kansas City – Hillcrest Road11,522
    Seattle2Seattle Times
     
    Chivas USA3Chicago Fire Confidential12,426
    Toronto0TFC Connected
     
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz16,479
    New England2Revolution Soccer
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  28  17  5  6  41  22  1.46  0.79  2.00  56  19 
     Real Salt Lake  28  14  10  4  41  18  1.46  0.64  1.86  52  23 
     Dallas  28  12  14  2  41  24  1.46  0.86  1.79  50  17 
     NY Red Bull 28  14  6  8  35  27  1.25  0.96  1.71  48  8 
     Columbus  28  13  7  8  35  31  1.25  1.11  1.64  46  4 
     Seattle 28  13  6  9  36  32  1.29  1.14  1.61  45  4 
     San Jose  27  12  7  8  30  28  1.11  1.04  1.59  43  2 
     Colorado  28  11  9  8  39  29  1.39  1.04  1.50  42  10 
     Kansas City  27  9  6  12  30  33  1.11  1.22  1.22  33  -3 
     Chicago  27  8  8  11  33  35  1.22  1.30  1.19  32  -2 
     Toronto FC  28  8  7  13  28  37  1.00  1.32  1.11  31  -9 
     New England  28  8  5  15  31  48  1.11  1.71  1.04  29  -17 
     Chivas USA 27  8  4  15  29  36  1.07  1.33  1.04  28  -7 
     Philadelphia 28  7  7  14  32  45  1.14  1.61  1.00  28  -13 
     Houston  28  7  6  15  37  48  1.32  1.71  0.96  27  -11 
     DC United  28  6  3  19  19  44  0.68  1.57  0.75  21  -25 

    Columbus and RBNY were officially eliminated from the Supporters’ Shield chase this week. At the other end of the playoff table, KC is the only team with a mathematical chance of crashing the party. All that needs to happen is for them to win their remaining three matches(@CHI, @NE, SJ) and the Rapids to lose their last two games(@LA, RSL).


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 24 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 19 games, a single season MLS record.
    • Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 11 road games, an MLS record.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 55 draws compared to 69 in ’09 thru the first 222 matches.
    • There have been 139 clean sheets in the first 222 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 222 games: goal scoring is down around 4.3% from 2009, 2.42 vs 2.53.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 44 home league matches.
    • Houston lost only one home game in ’08 and in ’09. They’ve lost 6 at home this year.
    • DC United have yielded 17 goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
    • DC United set a MLS record, being shut out 16 times in one season.
    • The Philadelphia Union are the best in not allowing late goals(as a percentage of total goals allowed). Interestingly, the are also the best at scoring late goals.

    CONCACAF Champions League

    RSL are thru to the quarterfinals. Columbus controls its own destiny and a win at Joe Public will send them thru. Toronto and Seattle are eliminated. Seattle or Columbus could assure its place in next year’s CCL with a win in the US Open Cup final this week.

    • 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 1 RSL 1
    • Sep 29 — Municipal 2 Columbus 1
    • Sep 29 — Seattle 2 Marathón 0
    • Oct 19 — Toronto v Arabe Unido
    • Oct 19 — RSL v Cruz Azul
    • Oct 19 — Seattle v Saprissa
    • Oct 21 — Joe Public v Columbus
    CONCACAF Champions League
     Awdlptsgd
     Cruz Azul(MEX) 3  1  1  10  8 
     RSL(USA) 3  1  1  10  5 
     Toronto(CAN) 1  2  2  5  -4 
     Arabe Unido(PAN) 1  0  4  3  -9 
          
     B     
     Santos Laguna(MEX) 3  1  1  10  7 
     Columbus(USA) 3  0  2  9  3 
     Municipal(GUA) 2  2  1  8  1 
     Joe Public(T&T) 0  1  4  1  -11 
          
     C     
     Monterrey(MEX) 4  1  0  13  6 
     Saprissa(CRC) 2  1  2  7  3 
     Marathon(HON) 2  0  3  6  -5 
     Seattle(USA) 1  0  4  3  -4 
          
     D     
     Olimpia(HON) 3  1  1  10  2 
     Puerto Rico(CFU) 2  2  1  8  1 
     Toluca(MEX) 2  1  2  7  5 
     FAS(SLV) 0  2  3  2  -8 
    CONCACAF Champions League Group Phase
     Group AArabe UnidoRSLCruz AzulTorontoHome
     Arabe Unido(PAN)X5002,9755011,325
     RSL(USA)10,626XNP11,57911,103
     Cruz Azul(MEX)5,0156,156X5,2805,484
     Toronto(CAN)NP10,58116,862X13,722
     Away7,8215,7469,9195,787
     Group BColumbusMunicipalSantos LagunaJoe PublicHome
     Columbus(USA)X5,7456,2985,4455,829
     Municipal(GUA)3,534X10,4142,4985,482
     Santos Laguna(MEX)4,700NPX7,0005,850
     Joe Public(T&T)900500NPX700
     Away3,0453,1238,3564,981
     Group CMonterreySaprissaSeattleMarathonHome
     Monterrey(MEX)X12,04219,6979,62813,789
     Saprissa(CRC)1,635X3,0002,8992,511
     Seattle(USA)22,513NPX11,76817,141
     Marathon(HON)NP1,8201,990X1,905
     Away12,0746,9318,2298,098
     Group DTolucaOlimpiaPuerto RicoFASHome
     Toluca(MEX)XNA5,165NP5,165
     Olimpia(HON)4,654XNP9,2006,927
     Puerto Rico(CFU)4,1222,632X2,0502,935
     FAS(SLV)3,5001,0003,500X2,667
     Away4,0921,8164,3335,625
     No Report on the Toluca/Olimpia match

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    Seattle defends the Cup, defeating Columbus and securing a berth in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

    The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup structure


    MLS Home/Away Attendance(reader request)

     2010HOME GAMESROAD GAMES
    GP TOTAL  AVG GP TOTAL  AVG 
     Chicago Fire 13  205,930  15,841  14  238,229  17,016 
     Chivas USA 14  203,804  14,557  13  188,254  14,481 
     Colorado Rapids 14  182,200  13,014  14  226,049  16,146 
     Columbus Crew 14  200,622  14,330  14  213,477  15,248 
     D.C. United 14  199,907  14,279  14  256,494  18,321 
     FC Dallas 15  162,229  10,815  13  205,027  15,771 
     Houston Dynamo 14  235,655  16,833  14  210,887  15,063 
     Kansas City Wizards 14  142,788  10,199  13  225,391  17,338 
     Los Angeles Galaxy 13  269,559  20,735  15  277,839  18,523 
     New England Revolution 14  176,504  12,607  14  231,058  16,504 
     New York Red Bulls 14  260,750  18,625  14  254,851  18,204 
     Philadelphia Union 14  270,207  19,301  14  209,132  14,938 
     Real Salt Lake 14  236,182  16,870  14  244,681  17,477 
     San Jose Earthquakes 13  124,656  9,589  14  245,032  17,502 
     Seattle 14  506,244  36,160  14  225,870  16,134 
     Toronto FC 14  288,711  20,622  14  213,677  15,263 

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