Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 30

The Week 30 numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 Final WeekYTD YTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-GP
 2006  20,277 NA 6  15,502 NA 192 
 2007  20,575  1.47%  7  16,767  8.16%  195 
 2008  17,338  -15.73%  7  16,460  -1.83%  210 
 2009  19,916  14.87%  8  16,037  -2.57%  225 
 2010  17,292  -13.17%  9  16,675  3.98%  240 
 2009 season ran 32 weeks
End of Season
  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  16,037  14,686  14.67%  20.44% 
 2010  16,675  15,332  7.50%  22.50% 

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 20,416  75.61%  21,437  5.00%  15  79.40%  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 12,491  49.59%  18,441  47.64%  15  73.21%  25,189 
 Houston 17,047  75.77%  17,310  1.54%  15  76.93%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 16,375  81.00%  17,095  4.39%  15  88.39%  19,340 
 Chicago 14,689  73.44%  15,814  7.66%  15  79.07%  20,000 
 Columbus Crew 14,447  72.23%  14,642  1.35%  15  73.21%  20,000 
 ChivasUSA 15,092  55.90%  14,575  -3.42%  15  53.98%  27,000 
 D.C. United 16,088  71.50%  14,532  -9.67%  15  64.59%  22,500 
 Colorado Rapids 12,331  68.18%  13,329  8.09%  15  73.70%  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 10,053  96.81%  10,287  2.32%  15  99.06%  10,385 
 San Jose 14,114  92.56%  9,659  -31.57%  15  93.78%  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

    A little over 9,600 showed up for the Quakes match that only had seeding implications. They were treated, however to a hat trick by Chris Wondowlowski, setting a single season franchise record of 17 goals. The Red Bulls had 15,800+ for its Thursday match. Disappointing, considering they were playing to clinch the Eastern Division. A terrific turnout in Houston for the season finale. Over 18,000 in DC for Jaime Moreno’s last match for United. An SRO crowd in Kansas City. A good showing in Colorado saw a wild finish. Chivas USA had 14,800 for a meaningless match. Columbus closed out its season with its largest crowd of the year.

    Rookie Watch: Tony Tchani had an assist for RBNY. Eric Alexander has an assist for FC Dallas.

    Joel Lindpere, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) scored for RBNY. Geoff Cameron scored for Houston.

    The 16,675 average attendance is the 3rd highest. It says something about David Beckham’s star power that even with Seattle’s fantastic 36,000+ average, 2007, Beckham’s first season, is still the 2nd highest attendance. And it’s even more astounding since he didn’t arrive until late in the season.


    Week 30 Games
     
    San Jose3San Jose Center Line Soccer9,633
    Chivas USA0Chivas USA – Official Blog
     
    RBNY2Red Bulls Reader15,866
    New England0Revolution Soccer
     
    Houston2Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz23,990
    Seattle1Seattle Times
     
    DC United2DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider18,071
    Toronto3TFC Connected
     
    Kansas City4Kansas City – Hillcrest Road11,518
    San Jose1San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Colorado2Undercurrent17,729
    Real Salt Lake2RSL – Behind the Shield
     
    Chivas USA1Chivas USA – Official Blog14,825
    Chicago4Chicago Fire Confidential
     
    Columbus3Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra19,006
    Philadelphia1Philadelphia Union Talk
     
    Los Angeles2LA – Official Blog24,993
    FC Dallas13rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
      GP W D L GF GA GFA GAA PPG PTS GD
     Los Angeles  30  18  5  7  44  26  1.47  0.87  1.97  59  18 
     Real Salt Lake  30  15  11  4  45  20  1.50  0.67  1.87  56  25 
     NY Red Bull 30  15  6  9  38  29  1.27  0.97  1.70  51  9 
     Dallas  30  12  14  4  42  28  1.40  0.93  1.67  50  14 
     Columbus  30  14  8  8  40  34  1.33  1.13  1.67  50  6 
     Seattle 30  14  6  10  39  35  1.30  1.17  1.60  48  4 
     Colorado  30  12  10  8  44  32  1.47  1.07  1.53  46  12 
     San Jose  30  13  7  10  34  33  1.13  1.10  1.53  46  1 
     Kansas City  30  11  6  13  36  35  1.20  1.17  1.30  39  1 
     Chicago  30  9  9  12  37  38  1.23  1.27  1.20  36  -1 
     Toronto FC  30  9  8  13  33  41  1.10  1.37  1.17  35  -8 
     Houston  30  9  6  15  40  49  1.33  1.63  1.10  33  -9 
     New England  30  9  5  16  32  50  1.07  1.67  1.07  32  -18 
     Philadelphia 30  8  7  15  35  49  1.17  1.63  1.03  31  -14 
     Chivas USA 30  8  4  18  31  45  1.03  1.50  0.93  28  -14 
     DC United  30  6  4  20  21  47  0.70  1.57  0.73  22  -26 

    Well, the final weekend didn’t hold the interest of past seasons, as for the first time in a while, all playoff teams were decided last week. This week was for seeding and the Supporters’ Shield.

    Colorado finishes above San Jose because of goal differential after they split their two matches. Same for Dallas over Columbus except they drew both games. Overall goal differential determines the standings after head to head.

    KC missed the playoffs by seven points. That’s the largest gap since the league returned to 2 conferences in 2002.

    Down the Stretch(ordered since Sep 1)

    Points per game since
    the All-Star GameSep 1
     GPPPGGPPPG
     Los Angeles 12  1.583  8  2.000 
     Salt Lake 13  1.923  8  2.000 
     Seattle 12  2.167  8  2.000 
     NY Red Bull 14  1.786  8  1.750 
     San Jose 15  1.533  10  1.700 
     Colorado 14  1.643  9  1.667 
     Dallas 14  1.714  9  1.444 
     Kansas City 14  1.643  9  1.444 
     Houston 13  1.077  8  1.250 
     New England 15  1.200  9  1.222 
     Philadelphia 16  1.063  9  1.222 
     Chicago 16  1.188  11  1.091 
     Toronto 14  0.857  9  0.889 
     DC United 13  0.769  8  0.875 
     Columbus 13  1.231  7  0.857 
     Chivas USA 14  0.929  9  0.667 

    Random Notes

    • 5 teams finished with 50 or more points.
    • 3 teams won at least 15 games. Last time was 2007.
    • RSL and Dallas lost 4 games, the fewest ever in a 30 game season. San Jose lost 4 in a 32 game season in ’05.
    • The season ends with Jamie Moreno as the all time leading goal scorer with 133. Jeff Cunningham has 132.
    • Chris Wondolowski, getting his shot due to injury, wins the Golden Boot for most goals in the 2010 season.
    • Donovan leads the league in assists, despite missing time for the World Cup.

    Streaking

    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 25 regular season home games, an MLS record.
    • RSL are unbeaten in their last 14 MLS games.
    • Dallas are unbeaten in their last 10 league home games.
    • Seattle are unbeaten in their last 7 league home games.

    MLS Throw Ins

    • There were 58 draws in 240 matches compared to 69 in all of ’09(225 matches).
    • There were 147 clean sheets in 2010, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Goal scoring was down around 2.6% from 2009, 2.46 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 lost 6 at home this year.
    • DC United yielded 17 goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
    • DC United set a MLS record, being shut out 17 times in one season.

    CONCACAF Champions League

    RSL and Columbus are thru to the quarterfinals. RSL finish 1st in Group A, Columbus 2nd in Group B. Seattle assured its place in next year’s CCL by winning the US Open Cup. Los Angeles joins Seattle in next year’s tourney as Supporters’ Shield winner.

    • 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 1 Arabe Unido 0
    • Oct 19 — RSL 3 Cruz Azul 1
    • Oct 19 — Seattle 1 Saprissa 2
    • Oct 21 — Joe Public 1 Columbus 4
    CONCACAF Champions League
     Awdlptsgd
     RSL(USA) 4  1  1  13  7 
     Cruz Azul(MEX) 3  1  2  10  6 
     Toronto(CAN) 2  2  2  8  -3 
     Arabe Unido(PAN) 1  0  5  3  -10 
          
     B     
     Santos Laguna(MEX) 4  1  1  13  12 
     Columbus(USA) 4  0  2  12  6 
     Municipal(GUA) 2  2  2  8  -4 
     Joe Public(T&T) 0  1  5  1  -14 
          
     C     
     Monterrey(MEX) 5  1  0  16  7 
     Saprissa(CRC) 3  1  2  10  4 
     Marathon(HON) 2  0  4  6  -6 
     Seattle(USA) 1  0  5  3  -5 
          
     D     
     Olimpia(HON) 4  1  1  13  5 
     Toluca(MEX) 3  1  2  10  10 
     Puerto Rico(CFU) 2  2  2  8  -2 
     FAS(SLV) 0  2  4  2  -13 
    CONCACAF Champions League Group Phase
     Group AArabe UnidoRSLCruz AzulTorontoHome
     Arabe Unido(PAN)X5002,9755011,325
     RSL(USA)10,626X20,46811,57914,224
     Cruz Azul(MEX)5,0156,156X5,2805,484
     Toronto(CAN)10,38510,58116,862X12,609
     Away8,6755,74613,4355,787
     Group BColumbusMunicipalSantos LagunaJoe PublicHome
     Columbus(USA)X5,7456,2985,4455,829
     Municipal(GUA)3,534X10,4142,4985,482
     Santos Laguna(MEX)4,7003,600X7,0005,100
     Joe Public(T&T)NR500900X700
     Away4,1173,2825,8714,981
     Group CMonterreySaprissaSeattleMarathonHome
     Monterrey(MEX)X12,04219,6979,62813,789
     Saprissa(CRC)1,635X3,0002,8992,511
     Seattle(USA)22,51311,434X11,76815,238
     Marathon(HON)5001,8201,990X1,437
     Away8,2168,4328,2298,098
     Group DTolucaOlimpiaPuerto RicoFASHome
     Toluca(MEX)X7,4635,1653,9855,538
     Olimpia(HON)4,654X5,5509,2006,468
     Puerto Rico(CFU)4,1222,632X2,0502,935
     FAS(SLV)3,5001,0003,500X2,667
     Away4,0923,6984,7385,078
     No Report on Columbus at Joe Public

    MLS Playoff Attendance – 2006-2009

    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.

    This year’s playoff matchups in the quarterfinals(home team first) – Will Hesmer, Columbus keeper, suffered an injury, out for playoffs

    • Oct 28 — Colorado v Columbus
    • Oct 30 — Dallas v Salt Lake
    • Oct 30 — San Jose v Red Bulls
    • Oct 31 — Seattle v Los Angeles
    • Nov 4 — Red Bulls v San Jose
    • Nov 6 — Columbus v Colorado
    • Nov 6 — Salt Lake v Dallas
    • Nov 7 — Los Angeles v Seattle
    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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