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MLS Crystal Ball Revisited – 2014 Edition

Back in March, for the sixth year, I wrote a post with the preseason predictions of some of the most widely read soccer pundits. In all, I collected 18 conference predictions.

Now before anyone gets their pants in a wad, I am aware that things change during the season. Players get injured, others get signed, etc. So just keep in mind that this post is about what was known back in March and the pundits(and I) took our best shots with what was laid out before us.
Note I am also aware that some writers will say their lists are ‘power rankings’, not predictions. Fine, a rose by any other name, but when you say team X is #1, it’s fair to say that all things being equal in the writer’s mind, that team should finish with the most points, doncha think?

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 33

The Week 33(full season) numbers look like this… Note that 2013 was played out over 35 weeks.

5 year comparison
  Week 33 Full Season
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- GP
 2010   NA   NA  16,675     240 
 2011   NA  NA NA  17,869   7.16%   306 
 2012   19,183   NA 10  18,798   5.20%   323 
 2013   18,669   NA 7  18,608   -1.01%   323 
 2014   22,501   NA 10  19,099   2.64%   323 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season
YTD – 323 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,675     15,332    7.50%   36.25% 
 2011    17,869     17,639    5.56%   48.69% 
 2012    18,798     18,393    1.86%   54.18% 
 2013    18,608     18,359    5.57%   55.73% 
 2014    19,099     18,652    5.88%   56.04% 

Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 32

The Week 32 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 32 313 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2010  NA NA NA  16,675     16,675     240 
 2011  20,144 NA 10  17,869   7.16%   17,872   7.18%   306 
 2012  22,894  13.65%  10  18,786   5.13%   18,786   5.11%   313 
 2013  19,688  -14.01%  9  18,508   -1.48%   18,457   -1.75%   296 
 2014  19,270  -2.12%  9  18,990   2.60%   18,990   2.89%   313 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season
YTD – 313 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,675     15,332    7.50%   36.25% 
 2011    17,869     17,639    5.56%   48.69% 
 2012    18,786     18,302    1.92%   53.67% 
 2013    18,508     18,359    5.75%   55.91% 
 2014    18,990     18,651    5.75%   55.91% 

Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 31

The Week 31 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 31 304 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2010  NA NA NA  16,675     16,675     240 
 2011  21,714 NA 10  17,815   6.84%   17,796   6.72%   296 
 2012  22,191  2.20%  11  18,715   5.05%   18,650   4.80%   303 
 2013  19,391  -12.62%  9  18,445   -1.44%   18,418   -1.24%   287 
 2014  21,339  10.05%  11  18,982   2.91%   18,982   3.06%   304 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season
YTD – 304 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,675     15,332    7.50%   36.25% 
 2011    17,815     17,519    5.59%   48.36% 
 2012    18,715     18,226    1.97%   53.29% 
 2013    18,445     18,342    5.92%   54.93% 
 2014    18,982     18,596    5.92%   55.26% 

Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 30

The Week 30 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 30 293 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2010  17,292   9  16,675     16,675     240 
 2011  22,207  28.42%  5  17,628   5.72%   17,659   5.90%   286 
 2012  18,224  -17.94%  9  18,510   5.00%   18,517   4.86%   292 
 2013  19,793  8.61%  9  18,443   -0.36%   18,387   -0.70%   278 
 2014  18,143  -8.34%  10  18,893   2.44%   18,893   2.75%   293 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season
YTD – 293 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,675     15,332    7.50%   36.25% 
 2011    17,628     17,418    5.80%   47.78% 
 2012    18,510     18,227    2.05%   53.58% 
 2013    18,443     18,344    6.14%   54.95% 
 2014    18,893     18,522    5.80%   54.61% 

Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29

The Week 29 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 29 283 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2010  20,048   9  16,675     16,732     231 
 2011  18,284  -8.80%  12  17,610   5.61%   17,578   5.06%   281 
 2012  19,155  4.77%  13  18,526   5.20%   18,526   5.40%   283 
 2013  18,867  -1.50%  10  18,400   -0.68%   18,340   -1.01%   269 
 2014  21,562  14.28%  10  18,920   2.83%   18,920   3.16%   283 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season
YTD – 283 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,675     15,332    7.50%   36.25% 
 2011    17,610     17,493    5.65%   48.06% 
 2012    18,526     18,227    2.12%   53.71% 
 2013    18,400     18,320    6.01%   54.42% 
 2014    18,920     18,522    6.01%   54.77% 

Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:

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