Tag: 2009 MLS Playoffs

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

The playoff numbers look like this… 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%  ... Read more

MLS Cup Final Preview Part Two: Coaching and Intangibles

In the first part of our 2009 MLS Cup Final preview, the Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy players were assessed and compared, with a slight advantage being measured for the Galaxy. In this continuation of our analysis, attention is paid to the coaches and intangibles for both clubs. The Coaching: The Los Angeles Galaxy was a mess during the summer of 2008. They had just lost a 3-2 decision to the San Jose Earthquakes on a late goal by Ryan Cochrane, and a very disturbed David Beckham groused to the press after the game about the team’s lack ... Read more

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY  Dallas  Kansas City  2008   10,476   -26.46%   New England  NY  Salt Lake  Kansas City  2009   19,985   90.77%   New England  Seattle  Salt Lake  Chivas USA   5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 2nd Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   14,400  NA  New England  Dallas  San Jose  DC United  2006   15,938   10.69%   New England  Dallas  Houston  DC United  2007   19,838   24.47%   New ... Read more

Galaxy look to continue dream season against the Dynamo

The Galaxy are one victory from reaching MLS Cup 2009 thanks to 2009 Coach of the Year Bruce Arena The Los Angeles Galaxy began the 2009 season at best as a team in transition, at worst as a team in turmoil. Despite initial problems, the Galaxy now stands only one game from winning the Western Conference. After dispatching city rival Chivas USA in what could only be called the “Battle of Los Angeles”, the LA Galaxy turn their attention to the next task at hand on the road to MLS Cup 2009 – the Western Conference Final against the Houston ... Read more

LA Galaxy 1- Chivas USA 0 – Thoughts from the HDC

Soccer is a cruel game, and Chivas USA felt that cruelty tonight.  While the Galaxy may have done enough to win the game, Chivas did not deserve to lose it.  On the pitch, the differences between Chivas and the Galaxy were small and on the margins.  Off the pitch, the difference in huge – the Galaxy will spend their week preparing to face Houston on Friday and Chivas will not.  Some thoughts from Section 232: Landon Donovan was a leader of men.  Throughout his career, Donovan has been a bit of an enigma to many US fans.  While few could ... Read more

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 2

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY  Dallas  Kansas City  2008   10,476   -26.46%   New England  NY  Salt Lake  Kansas City  2009   19,985   90.77%   New England  Seattle  Salt Lake  Chivas USA   5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 2nd Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   14,400  NA  New England  Dallas  San Jose  DC United  2006   15,938   10.69%   New England  Dallas  Houston  DC United  2007   19,838   24.47%   New ... Read more

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 1

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY  Dallas  Kansas City  2008   10,476   -26.46%   New England  NY  Salt Lake  Kansas City  2009   19,985   90.77%   New England  Seattle  Salt Lake  Chivas USA Observations No big surprise that Seattle packed in over 35,000 for their playoff debut. But a bit of a surprise that Salt Lake only drew 11,499 compared to last year’s first leg,14,719. A pathetically small crowd showed ... Read more

Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders FC Playoff Preview

Houston visits Seattle in MLS Cup playoffs Our reward for enduring through 32 weeks of regular season matches is a fascinating final four in the Western Conference playoffs. While the Chivas USA versus Galaxy doubleheader in Los Angeles stacks up to be a tough defensive struggle for both squads, expect fireworks from the Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders won twice against Houston in Seattle this season – once in the regular season and once in the US Open Cup playoffs – and will hope to repeat that result when the two teams face off in game ... Read more