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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29; 2010 Season

The Week 29 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Week 29Thru Week 29 YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- GP
 2006  20,277   6  15,502   192 
 2007  20,575  1.47%  7  16,767  8.16%  195 
 2008  17,338  -15.73%  7  16,460  -1.83%  210 
 2009  22,165  27.84%  7  15,878  -3.53%  205 
 2010  20,048  -9.55%  9  16,651  4.87%  231 
Thru Week 29
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2006  15,502  14,175  18.75%  18.75% 
 2007  16,767  14,655  8.21%  29.74% 
 2008  16,460  15,188  10.95%  24.76% 
 2009  15,878  14,534  15.61%  19.51% 
 2010  16,651  15,124  7.36%  22.51% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
 20092010 
 AttCap %AttAtt +/-GPCap %Cap
 Seattle 30,897  95.36%  36,173  17.08%  15  101.90%  35,500 
 LA Galaxy 19,946  73.87%  21,183  6.20%  14  78.45%  27,000 
 Toronto 20,344  92.57%  20,453  0.53%  15  93.06%  21,978 
 PhiladelphiaNANA 19,252 NA 15  91.24%  18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 11,861  47.09%  18,625  57.03%  14  73.94%  25,189 
 Real Salt Lake 16,375  81.00%  17,095  4.39%  15  88.39%  19,340 
 Houston 16,160  71.82%  16,833  4.16%  14  74.81%  22,500 
 Chicago 14,689  73.44%  15,814  7.66%  15  79.07%  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 13,732  61.03%  12,987  -5.43%  15  57.72%  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 14,478  92.80%  9,661  -33.27%  14  93.80%  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

    Chicago had 12,200+ for a Tuesday matchup that ran at the same time as a USMNT match. Seattle, for the 2nd season in a row, set the home attendance record, after 36,000+ show up for the regular season home finale. Minority owner Drew Carey mentioned how the Sounders will be looking at ways to expand the capacity again for next year. Terrific weekend crowds. Over 19,000 in Chicago for Brian McBride’s last home game. More than 18,000 in Toronto, Philadelphia and New England. Salt Lake set a home game attendance record with a SRO turnout of 20,236. San Jose also had a SRO crowd. And finally, the Galaxy reported a sellout for the 2nd home game in a row.

    Rookie Watch: Teal Bunbury had a goal and assist for Kansas City.

    Kei Kamara, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) had an assist for Kansas City.


    Week 29 Games
     
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential12,230
    Kansas City2Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Seattle2Seattle Times36,356
    Chivas USA1Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Toronto2TFC Connected18,084
    Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
     
    Chicago0Chicago Fire Confidential19,056
    DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    Philadelphia2Philadelphia Union Talk18,578
    RBNY1Red Bulls Reader
     
    New England1Revolution Soccer18,298
    Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
     
    Real Salt Lake2RSL – Behind the Shield20,236
    FC Dallas03rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    San Jose0San Jose Center Line Soccer10,597
    Houston1Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz
     
    Los Angeles1LA – Official Blog27,000
    Colorado3Undercurrent
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  29  17  5  7  42  25  1.45  0.86  1.93  56  17 
     Real Salt Lake  29  15  10  4  43  18  1.48  0.62  1.90  55  25 
     Dallas  29  12  14  3  41  26  1.41  0.90  1.72  50  15 
     Seattle 29  14  6  9  38  33  1.31  1.14  1.66  48  5 
     NY Red Bull 29  14  6  9  36  29  1.24  1.00  1.66  48  7 
     Columbus  29  13  8  8  37  33  1.28  1.14  1.62  47  4 
     Colorado  29  12  9  8  42  30  1.45  1.03  1.55  45  12 
     San Jose  28  12  7  9  30  29  1.07  1.04  1.54  43  1 
     Kansas City  29  10  6  13  32  34  1.10  1.17  1.24  36  -2 
     Chicago  29  8  9  12  33  37  1.14  1.28  1.14  33  -4 
     Toronto FC  29  8  8  13  30  39  1.03  1.34  1.10  32  -9 
     New England  29  9  5  15  32  48  1.10  1.66  1.10  32  -16 
     Philadelphia 29  8  7  14  34  46  1.17  1.59  1.07  31  -12 
     Houston  29  8  6  15  38  48  1.31  1.66  1.03  30  -10 
     Chivas USA 28  8  4  16  30  38  1.07  1.36  1.00  28  -8 
     DC United  29  6  4  19  19  44  0.66  1.52  0.76  22  -25 

    It was a weekend of failure. First Kansas City lost the early game on Saturday, eliminating themselves from their slim playoff hopes. Then Philadelphia denied RBNY the Eastern Conference clinching win, and finally the Galaxy failed to clinch the West, losing to the Rapids at home.

    Seattle sits above RBNY because of its head to head advantage, whereas New England and Toronto split their two games, overall goal differential determines the standings after head to head.


    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 25 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 13 MLS games.
    • Dallas’ unbeaten run ended at 19 games, losing to RSL.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 57 draws thru the first 231 matches compared to 69 in all of ’09.
    • There have been 145 clean sheets in the first 231 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 231 games: goal scoring is down around 4.7% from 2009, 2.41 vs 2.53.
    • RSL has lost only twice in its last 45 home league matches(3 seasons).
    • 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 17 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 assured its place in next year’s CCL by winning the US Open Cup.

    • 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

    MLS Playoff Attendance – 2005-2009

    Just a taste to remind you that Take Me Out to the Ballgame will morph into Take Me Out to the Playoffs, as we did last season.

    5 year comparison
    Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
     Avg+/-Teams
     2005  13,273  NA CHI, COL, DAL, DCU, LA, NE, RBNY, SJ
     2006  12,736  -4.05%  CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY
     2007  17,041  33.81%  CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
     2008  14,960  -12.22%  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
     2009  20,755  38.74%  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
    Semifinals Totals
     Avg+/-Teams
     2005  15,454  NA NE v CHI – COL v LA
     2006  21,330  38.02%  DCU v NE – HOU v COL
     2007  20,645  -3.21%  NE v CHI – HOU v KC
     2008  17,348  -15.97%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
     2009  23,548  35.74%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
    Finals Totals
     Avg+/-TeamsVenue
     2005  21,193  NANE v LAPizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
     2006  22,427  5.82% NE v HOUPizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
     2007  39,859  77.73% NE v HOURFK Stadium, Wash DC
     2008  27,000  -32.26% RBNY v CLBHome Depot Center, LA, CA
     2009  46,011  70.41% RSL v LAQwest Field, Seattle, WA
    Playoff Totals    
     Avg+/- 
     2005  14,390  NA 
     2006  15,179  5.49%  
     2007  19,771  30.25%  
     2008  16,488  -16.60%  
     2009  23,559  42.88%  

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  • 8 Comments

    8 Comments

    1. Matt

      October 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      How does Seattle have a head-to-head advantage over RBNY? We won 1-0 at their place and they won 1-0 here.

    2. ryan

      October 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      man mls’ playoff system is totally messed up. right now the eastern conference and the 5th and 6th teams from the west are being rewarded for not being as good as the other playoff teams. this is a total joke. for instance, of the 8 that qualify, there’s a great chance LA will play seattle in the first round while rbny will face san jose.

      which means the #1 seed will play the team that is technically the 4 seed in Seattle, and RBNY, the 5 seed, get’s #8?

      i know the rules were set before the season but this is total sh*t. garber makes the damn rules, can’t they go in and fix this mistake? because i have a feeling 2010 will go down as one of the worst postseasons in the league, due to the fact that the teams that dominated were not rewarded for their efforts. i’m all for the playoff system, but this format is embarassing.

      • Tom

        October 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

        They should not change the rules mid-season, but hopefully they do something different in future years. I don’t, however think it will alter the entertainment value; it is just unfair some teams.

    3. Geoff

      October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Again, who the hell is rating this article as a 1 Star? It’s just statistical information based on the prior week of games.

      Haters gonna’ hate I suppose.

    4. Robert

      October 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Got to say, my favorite team watching in MLS is Salt Lake City. They are representing MLS well in both league and champions league.

      • Charles

        October 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

        There are a lot of good teams in MLS.

        Sure LA choked against a good PRico team and the Sounders underperformed, but if SLC doesn’t win CCL it wasn’t because they couldn’t, it was because they just didn’t ( if that makes sense ).

        • mumbleszine@yahoo.com

          October 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

          That makes absolutely no sense at all.

    5. Charles

      October 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

      Can we all agree on two things ?

      One: Seattle ( I think they had four victories at the mid way point ) is the hottest team in the league ?
      They can catch Dallas if Dallas losses to LA. As a Seattle fan I am not sure I want that.

      Two: NO whinning “Columbus style” when your team loses to a playoff worthy team and doesn’t win MLS Cup. It is great they won the supporters shield or finished 3rd,etc. But they are playing VERY good teams in high pressure games. Win or go home crying.
      Besides you look like a fool the next year when the team you complained about is awesome and only loses 4 games.

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