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The MLS Stretch Run

The MLS Playoff race is in the stretch run. Here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.

East Observations

  • I’m conceding that DC United and Sporting KC will make the playoffs.
  • With the exception of TFC, all contenders games are within the conference.
  • Philadelphia would seem to have a great chance of making the playoffs with 5 of its remaining 7 games at home.
  • Normally I’d pick Houston to make the show, but their road performance has been so poor, I’m hard pressed to do that.
  • I’m thinking RBNY will displace Columbus.

West Observations

  • I’m conceding that Seattle, LA and Real Salt Lake will make the playoffs.
  • With games in hand San Jose would seem to have a chance, but 6 of the games are on the road.
  • Colorado’s road form makes it hard to see them moving into a playoff spot.
  • Portland and Vancouver will fight it out for the last Western playoff spot.
East Playoff Contenders
  Points G/R
  Tot H A H/A
 New England  39   26   13   3/4
 Columbus  36   22   14   3/4
 Philadelphia  36   20   16   5/2
 NY Red Bull  34   22   12   5/3
 Toronto FC  33   17   16   4/4
 Houston  31   24   7   4/4
 Chicago  29   17   12   4/4
         
G/R = Games Remaining

Top 5 conference finishers qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.

Tiebreakers: 1-Wins, 2-Goal Differential(Full Season), 3-Goals Scored(Full Season)
4-Fair Play, 5-Road Goal Differential(Full Season), 6-Road Goals(Full Season), 7-Home Goal Differential(Full Season)
8-Home Goals(Full Season), 9-Coin Toss (2 teams) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more)

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 DCU  27   14   5   8   42   30   1.56   1.11   1.74   47   12 
 SKC  28   12   6   10   39   34   1.39   1.21   1.50   42   5 
 NE Revs  27   12   3   12   39   38   1.44   1.41   1.44   39   1 
 Columbus  27   9   9   9   38   34   1.41   1.26   1.33   36   4 
 Phila  27   9   9   9   43   41   1.59   1.52   1.33   36   2 
 RBNY  26   8   10   8   41   39   1.58   1.50   1.31   34   2 
 TFC  26   9   6   11   35   42   1.35   1.62   1.27   33   -7 
 Houston  26   9   4   13   31   48   1.19   1.85   1.19   31   -17 
 Chicago  26   5   14   7   33   39   1.27   1.50   1.12   29   -6 
 Montréal  26   5   5   16   29   48   1.12   1.85   0.77   20   -19 

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Soccer Potpourri

Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Here are links to stories that still have relevance(IMO). Some are old, some not so old.
With MLS season approaching, I plan on being more active. I’m thinking the focus will shift away from regular attendance reports to the next great hurdle for the league, higher TV ratings and revenues. That’s certainly the pathway to raising the quality level of play. A big year, with national TV contracts up for renewal and a new CBA on the horizon.
Hope you enjoy.


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Interesting Reads

Tournaments

The Business of Soccer


Soccer Potpourri

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. New home, holidays and all that that entails. Here are links to stories that still have relevance(IMO). Some are old, some not so old. Hope you enjoy.


MLS

Interesting Reads

The Business of Soccer


Take Me Out to the Playoffs – The Final Numbers

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The final 5 year playoff numbers look like this…

3 year comparison
Wild Card Games
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2011   8,910     Dallas  Colorado
 2012   12,813   43.80%   Chicago  Los Angeles
 2013   21,340   66.55%   Houston  Seattle
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2009   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   20,755   38.74%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
 2011   18,551   -10.62%   COL, HOU, LA, PHL, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SKC
 2012   20,776   11.99%   DCU, HOU, LA, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SJ, SKC
 2013   22,789   9.69%   HOU, LA, NE, RBNY, PTL, RSL, SEA, SKC
Conference Finals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2009   23,548    LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
 2010   22,390   -4.92%  LA v FCD – COL v SJ
 2011   22,138   -1.12%  LA v RSL – SKC v HOU
 2012   24,551   10.90%  LA v SEA – DCU v HOU
 2013   20,441   -16.74%  PTL v RSL – SKC v HOU
MLS Cup
  Avg +/- Teams Venue
 2009   46,011   70.41%  RSL v LA Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
 2010   21,700   -52.84%  COL v FCD BMO Field, Toronto, ONT, CA
 2011   30,281   39.54%  HOU v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2012   30,510   0.76%  HOU v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2013   21,650   -29.04%  SKC v RSL Sporting Park, KC, KS
Playoff Totals  
  Avg +/-  
 2009   23,559   42.88% 
 2010   19,535   -17.08% 
 2011   19,891   1.82% 
 2012   22,356   12.39% 
 2013   21,893   -2.07% 

Observations

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Soccer Potpourri

Note

    Some of these are quite old(in terms of today’s digital lifespans), but still worth a read. Still getting settled into my new East Coast life, so not posting as often as I’d like. It’ll get better.

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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Conference Semifinals

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The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   10,476     Chivas  NE Revs  RSL  Seattle
 2010   19,985   90.77%   Colorado  Dallas  San Jose  Seattle
 2011   16,718   -16.35%   Colorado  Philadelphia  RSL  RBNY
 2012   25,047   49.82%   DC United  Houston  Los Angeles  Seattle
 2013   25,324   1.11%   Houston  Los Angeles  New England  Seattle
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 2nd Leg
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   21,526  NA  Chicago  Columbus  Houston  LA
 2010   19,871   -7.69%   Salt Lake  Columbus  New York  LA
 2011   24,834   24.97%   Houston  Kansas City  LA  Seattle
 2012   16,333   -34.23%   RBNY  RSL  San Jose  SKC
 2013   20,253   24.00%   PTL  RBNY  RSL  SKC
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – Both Legs
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   16,001  NA  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   19,928   24.55%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
 2011   20,776   4.25%   COL, HOU, LA, PHL, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SKC
 2012   20,690   -0.41%   DCU, HOU, LA, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SJ, SKC
 2013   22,789   10.15%   HOU, LA, NE, RBNY, PTL, RSL, SEA, SKC

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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Wildcard Edition

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Welcome to the 5th edition of ‘Take Me Out to the Playoffs’.


Observations


A bit of a surprise in attendance for the Houston Wilcard game. As you can see below, the numbers fell short of the team’s playoff history.


Houston have now played 12 home playoff matches. Average attendance: 23,349.


Seattle has now played 7 home playoff matches. Average attendance: 36,797.


Wild Card Games
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2011   8,910     Dallas  Colorado
 2012   12,813   43.80%   Chicago  Los Angeles
 2013   21,340   66.55%   Houston  Seattle

2013 MLS Cup
Wildcard Playoff Games
 
Seattle 2 Sounder at Heart 32,204
Colorado 0 Burgundy Wave
 
Houston 3 Dynamo Theory 10,476
Montréal 0 Mount Royal Soccer




MLS Throw Ins


  • The 9 teams allowing the fewest goals are in the playoffs. The exception was Montréal(15th)
  • Chivas USA allowed the most goals this season(67).
  • Chivas USA took the fewest shots. Chicago took the most.
  • Montréal were offsides the most for the 2nd year in a row.
  • Sporting KC committed the most fouls.
  • Montréal and Dallas suffered the most fouls.
  • 25.4% of the games ended in a draw, compared to 23.8% in 2012, 34.6% in 2011, 24.2% in 2010 and 30.7% in 2009.
  • Of the non goalkeepers, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba and Jose Goncalves played every minute of every game(3,060). Sam Cronin played 2,971 minutes.
  • The Red Bulls scored the most goals in the final 15 mintues(20). The fewest(3) DC United.
  • Chivas USA allowed the most goals in the final 15 mintues(25). Houston allowed the fewest(5).


For a lot more stats, visit MLSSoccer’s stat page and if you are adventurous, try out my player statistics pages, but remember it’s a work in progress. All feedback will be greatly appreciated.



Soccer Potpourri

MLS

The Dark Side

Interesting Reads

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – 2012 Final

The final 5 year playoff numbers look like this…

2 year comparison
Wild Card Games
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2011   8,910     Dallas  Colorado
 2012   12,813   43.80%   Chicago  Los Angeles
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2008   17,041     CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   20,755   38.74%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
 2011   18,551   -10.62%   COL, HOU, LA, PHL, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SKC
 2012   20,776   11.99%   DCU, HOU, LA, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SJ, SKC
Conference Finals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2008   17,348    NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2009   23,548   35.74%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2010   22,390   -4.92%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
 2011   22,138   -1.12%  COL v SJ – LA v FCD
 2012   24,551   10.90%  LA v SEA – DCU v HOU
MLS Cup
  Avg +/- Teams Venue
 2008   27,000    RBNY v CLB Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2009   46,011   70.41%  RSL v LA Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
 2010   21,700   -52.84%  COL v FCD BMO Field, Toronto, ONT, CA
 2011   30,281   39.54%  HOU v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2012   30,510   0.76%  HOU v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CA
Playoff Totals  
  Avg +/-  
 2008   16,488     
 2009   23,559   42.88% 
 2010   19,535   -17.08% 
 2011   19,891   1.82% 
 2012   22,356   12.39% 


Observations


Given the varied capacities of the venues, the percentage variations cannot be judged without taking them into account.


Final
Galaxy Repeat as MLS Cup Champions.
Los Angeles 3 LA – Official Blog 30,510
Houston 1 Dynamo Theory

MLS Cup
  Played Wins
 Chicago  3   1 
 Colorado  2   1 
 Columbus  1   1 
 D.C. United  5   4 
 FC Dallas  1   0 
 Kansas City  2   1 
 Los Angeles  8   4 
 NE Revs  4   0 
 RBNY  1   0 
 Salt Lake  1   1 
 SJ/Houston  6   4 

Cups Won
  Supporters
Shield
MLS
Cup
US
Open
CONCACAF
Cup/CL
SuperLiga* Total Years
in MLS
 Chicago 1 1 4 0 0 6 15
 Chivas USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
 Colorado 0 1 0 0 0 1 17
 Columbus 3 1 1 0 0 5 17
 D.C. United 4 4 2 1 0 11 17
 FC Dallas 0 0 1 0 0 1 17
 Houston(SJ) 1 4 0 0 0 5 17
 Kansas City 1 1 2 0 0 4 17
 Los Angeles 4 4 2 1 0 11 17
 Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 NE Revs 0 0 1 0 1 2 17
 RBNY 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
 Portland 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
 Salt Lake 0 1 0 0 0 1 8
 San Jose 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
 Seattle 0 0 3 0 0 3 4
 Toronto FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
 Vancouver 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
 Miami 1 0 0 0 0 1 4
 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 0 0 1 6


* NA Superliga was played from 2007-2010


As you can see, I am listing the ‘old San Jose’ accomplishments where they belong(IMO), with the Dynamo. I know the deal was that the Quakes would retain the ‘legacy’ of the original team, but I choose reality, i.e.; the franchise that won the cups resides in Houston.




MLS – What’s next


On Dec 7 and Dec 14
Re-Entry draft
Update
Re-Entry Process
Players in Re-Entry List


Jan 17
2013 SuperDraft


MLS Throw Ins


The Commissioner announced that the competition format and the site selection of MLS Cup Final will be unchanged for 2013.


They Qualified


2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League


  • San Jose – Supporters’ Shield Winner
  • Sporting KC – US Open Cup
  • Los Angeles – MLS Cup participant
  • Houston – MLS Cup participant


Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Conference Finals

The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Conference Finals – 1st Leg(Only 1 leg until 2012)
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2008   17,348     Columbus  RSL
 2009   23,548   35.74%   Chicago  Los Angeles
 2010   22,390   -4.92%   Colorado  Los Angeles
 2011   22,138   -1.12%   Sporting KC  Los Angeles
 2012   24,551   10.90%   Houston  Los Angeles
Conference Finals – 2nd Leg(Only 1 leg until 2012)
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2008  NA
 2009 
 2010 
 2011 
 2012   32,295     DC United  Seattle

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