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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 1

Welcome to the 5th year of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’, posts predominantly about weekly MLS attendance. This series was begun when MLS 2.0 was just gaining momentum. David Beckham’s influence was rippling throughout the league, in global exposure of MLS, merchandise sales and gate attendance wherever he played. It’s now fair to say that the league is well established, having survived the financial turmoil of its early years and now in the top ten worldwide in average attendance. With gate numbers pretty solid for 75% of the teams, attendance is less an issue when it comes to projecting the future success of MLS.
As I wrote several times when I was posting for Major League Soccer Talk, TV Fees – The Key to MLS’ Future, MLS FutureWatch – Salaries, The CBA and TV, for example, television rights fees are the next major hurdle. MLS rights fees are a pittance compared to other ‘big’ soccer leagues and compared to the traditional ‘big 4′ sports in the USA. While many teams have local broadcasting deals, the big bucks are in national network contracts. Only when these fees increase will the league be able to compete for the likes of Van Persie, Hulk, Neymar and others while they are in their prime. We are years away from that time, but I believe MLS will eventually be on equal footing to attract major talent.
With that said, I haven’t decided if ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ will continue to appear weekly. I will still be collecting the data, but the relevance seems less consequential to me. I can see quarterly posts as a possibility, but I’d like to hear from you, my readers. Should ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ continue to appear weekly and if so, why? Please leave your comments.
Thanks very much for visiting OLR and be assured that the attendance and other data will continue to be updated and available via the menus at the top of the page.
Note: Player data for 2013 will be uploaded when a fair sampling of players have reached the 700 minute benchmark I’ve arbitrarily set.

And now on to the stuff you came here for…

The Week 1 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 1 9 GP YTD
Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2009  17,095   7  16,694     17,095     7 
 2010  17,921  4.83%  8  17,952   7.53%   17,921   4.83%   8 
 2011  21,046  17.43%  10  20,384   13.55%   21,046   17.43%   10 
 2012  17,851  -15.18%  7  22,701   11.37%   17,851   -15.18%   7 
 2013  19,411  8.74%  9  19,411   -14.49%   19,411   8.74%   9 
2009 225 Game Season – 2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-13 323 Game Season
YTD – 9 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2009    16,694     15,905    0.00%   22.22% 
 2010    17,952     18,197    11.11%   55.56% 
 2011    20,384     19,385    0.00%   77.78% 
 2012    22,701     20,438    0.00%   55.56% 
 2013    19,411     20,019    11.11%   77.78% 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2012:

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – 2013 Prequel

With the 2013 MLS season just around the corner, here’s a look back at recent MLS attendance and a few other things. I’ll have my annual crystal ball post online later this week.

5 year comparison
  Avg +/- GP
 2008   16,460     210 
 2009   16,037   -2.57%   225 
 2010   16,675   3.98%   240 
 2011   17,869   7.16%   306 
 2012   18,798   5.20%   323 
2008 210 Game Season – 2009 225 Game Season
 2010 240 Game Season – 2011 306 Game Season
 2012 323 Game Season
5 year comparison
  Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2008    16,460     15,188    10.95%   33.81% 
 2009    16,037     14,686    14.67%   31.11% 
 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% 
MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2011 2012  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  38,495   ??   43,104   11.97%   17   96.66%   44,594 
 LA Galaxy  23,335   86.43%   23,136   -0.85%   17   85.69%   27,000 
 Montréal  NA  NA  22,772   NA  17   71.15%   32,005 
 Houston  17,694   80.28%   20,946   18.38%   17   95.04%   22,039 
 Portland  18,827   101.07%   20,438   8.56%   17   100.00%   20,438 
 Vancouver  20,408   97.18%   19,475   -4.57%   17   92.74%   21,000 
 Sporting KC  17,810   96.44%   19,404   8.95%   17   105.08%   18,467 
 Salt Lake  17,594   87.94%   19,087   8.49%   17   95.40%   20,008 
 Red Bulls  19,691   78.17%   18,281   -7.16%   17   72.58%   25,189 
 Toronto  20,267   92.21%   18,155   -10.42%   17   82.60%   21,978 
 Philadelphia  18,258   98.69%   18,053   -1.12%   17   97.58%   18,500 
 Chicago  14,273   78.92%   16,407   14.95%   17   82.03%   20,000 
 Colorado  14,838   74.19%   15,175   2.27%   17   83.90%   18,086 
 Columbus  12,185   59.57%   14,397   18.15%   17   70.38%   20,455 
 FC Dallas  12,861   54.92%   14,139   9.94%   17   66.72%   21,193 
 NE Revs  13,222   58.76%   14,001   5.90%   17   62.23%   22,500 
 D.C. United  15,196   77.35%   13,846   -8.88%   17   70.47%   19,647 
 San Jose  11,858   112.67%   13,293   12.10%   17   86.81%   15,313 
 ChivasUSA  14,830   68.41%   13,056   -11.96%   17   69.45%   18,800 

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CCL Impact on MLS Performance

CCL Impact on MLS Performance – ’12-13
Group Begins After Group Play
   GP   PPG   GP   PPG   +/- 
 Los Angeles  23   1.43   34   1.59   10.70% 
 Seattle  21   1.62   34   1.65   1.73% 
 Houston  22   1.68   34   1.56   -7.31% 
 Real Salt Lake  23   1.83   34   1.68   -8.19% 
 Toronto FC  21   0.90   34   0.68   -25.23% 

Day by Day Breakdown

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Message from Peter
Sorry if some of these are a tad dated. Computer committed suicide and I’m just getting back up and running.

Did You Know?
After going unbeaten last season, Juventus ran its unbeaten streak to 49 before losing to Inter.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 33

The Week 33 end of regular season numbers look like this. I’ll post a little review of the regular season in a few days.

  5 year comparison
  Week 33 323 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2008  N/A   N/A  16,460     16,460     210 
 2009  N/A N/A N/A  16,037   -2.57%   16,037   -2.57%   225 
 2010  N/A N/A N/A  16,675   3.98%   16,675   3.98%   240 
 2011  N/A N/A N/A  17,869   7.16%   17,869   7.16%   306 
 2012   19,183  N/A  10   18,798   5.20%   18,798   5.20%   323 
2008 210 Game Season – 2009 225 Game Season
 2010 240 Game Season – 2011 306 Game Season
 2012 323 Game Season

YTD – 323 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2008    16,460     15,188    10.95%   33.81% 
 2009    16,037     14,686    14.67%   31.11% 
 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% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2011:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2011 2012  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  38,495   108.44%   43,104   11.97%   17   96.66%   44,594 
 LA Galaxy  23,335   86.43%   23,136   -0.85%   17   85.69%   27,000 
 Montreal NA NA  22,772  NA  17   71.15%   32,005 
 Houston  17,694   80.28%   20,946   18.38%   17   95.04%   22,039 
 Portland  18,827   101.07%   20,438   8.56%   17   100.00%   20,438 
 Vancouver  20,408   97.18%   19,475   -4.57%   17   92.74%   21,000 
 Sporting KC  17,810   96.44%   19,404   8.95%   17   105.08%   18,467 
 Salt Lake  17,594   87.94%   19,087   8.49%   17   95.40%   20,008 
 Red Bulls  19,691   78.17%   18,281   -7.16%   17   72.58%   25,189 
 Toronto  20,267   92.21%   18,155   -10.42%   17   82.60%   21,978 
 Philadelphia  18,258   98.69%   18,053   -1.12%   17   97.58%   18,500 
 Colorado  14,273   78.92%   16,407   14.95%   17   90.72%   18,086 
 Chicago  14,838   74.19%   15,175   2.27%   17   75.87%   20,000 
 Columbus  12,185   59.57%   14,397   18.15%   17   70.38%   20,455 
 ChivasUSA  12,861   68.41%   14,139   9.94%   17   75.21%   18,800 
 NE Revs  13,222   58.76%   14,001   5.90%   17   62.23%   22,500 
 D.C. United  15,196   77.35%   13,846   -8.88%   17   70.47%   19,647 
 San Jose  11,858   112.67%   13,293   12.10%   17   86.81%   15,313 
 FC Dallas  14,830   54.92%   13,056   -11.96%   17   61.60%   21,193 



My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my 2011 calculations, I took the 3 teams playing in football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson and New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacities as follows, DCU-22,500, Houston-22,500 and New England-22,500. I took the 22,500 from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use. Capacities were adjusted for the few games that were moved to larger venues. For 2012, Chivas USA has reconfigured the Home Depot Center for its home games such that the capacity is now 18,800. Also in 2012, Houston moved into its new home, BBVA Compass Stadium, with a soccer capacity of 22,000. And the new 2 year lease agreement between DC and DC United calls for a reconfiguration to 19,647 seats for MLS games at RFK Stadium. Portland seems to have increased it’s capacity to 20,438. Montréal played its first five home games at Olympic Stadium, with a capacity of 60,000. I’ve added 2,200 seats to the Sounders’ capacity as they’ve opened up the Hawk’s nest(thank you Charles) in Seattle.
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I used 20,455 for Columbus in 2011. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know. Seattle has been opening the upper deck for some matches, so it’s difficult to give accurate capacities for their season.


Observations


Kansas City sold out midweek. Phildelphia sold out its finale. Montréal came close to selling out. Chicago ended the season with a sellout. Portland sold out for the 34th consecutive game. Salt Lake continued the final weekend trend with a full house. Colorado had 15,400+. Columbus had 15,600+. Dallas closed out the season with 14,700+. LA sold out the Home Depot Center.


Newcomer Goal Scoring Watch: Antoine Hoppenot scored for Philadelphia. Lionard Pajoy scored for DC United. Kamani Hill tallied for Colorado. Federico Higuain had a brace for Columbus. Feel free to add your newcomer observations in the comment section.



The Competition on the Field

  • This week’s matches, home team listed first with all time home record(W-D-L) v opponent(including this week’s games)
  • Conference Standings

Week 33 Games
 
Sporting KC 2 Daily Wiz 19,428 2-1-0
Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game
 
Philadelphia 0 Brotherly Game 18,533 2-0-2
RBNY 3 The Viper’s Nest
 
Montréal 0 Mount Royal Soccer 19,998 1-0-1
New England 1 Bent Musket
 
Chicago 1 Hot Time in Old Town 20,017 8-7-6
DC United 1 Black and Red
 
Portland 1 Dropping Timber 20,438 1-2-0
San Jose 1 Center Line Soccer
 
Real Salt Lake 0 RSL Soapbox 20,507 2-1-0
Vancouver 0 86 Forever
 
Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave 15,453 14-4-12
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory
 
Columbus 2 Massive Report 15,672 6-2-1
Toronto 1 Waking the Red
 
FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree 14,783 5-5-2
Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA
 
Los Angeles 1 LA Official Blog 27,000 2-1-1
Seattle 0 Sounder at Heart

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 y-SKC  34   18   9   7   42   27   1.24   0.79   1.85   63   15 
 y-DC United  34   17   7   10   53   43   1.56   1.26   1.71   58   10 
 y-RBNY  34   16   9   9   57   46   1.68   1.35   1.68   57   11 
 y-Chicago  34   17   6   11   46   41   1.35   1.21   1.68   57   5 
 y-Houston  34   14   11   9   48   41   1.41   1.21   1.56   53   7 
 Columbus  34   15   7   12   44   44   1.29   1.29   1.53   52   0 
 Montreal  34   12   6   16   45   51   1.32   1.50   1.24   42   -6 
 Philadelphia  34   10   6   18   37   45   1.09   1.32   1.06   36   -8 
 NE Revs  34   9   8   17   39   44   1.15   1.29   1.03   35   -5 
 Toronto FC  34   5   8   21   35   61   1.03   1.79   0.68   23   -26 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 xy-San Jose  34   19   9   6   72   43   2.12   1.26   1.94   66   29 
 y-Salt Lake  34   17   6   11   46   35   1.35   1.03   1.68   57   11 
 y-Seattle  34   15   11   8   50   32   1.47   0.94   1.65   56   18 
 y-LA  34   16   6   12   59   47   1.74   1.38   1.59   54   12 
 y-Vancouver  34   11   10   13   35   41   1.03   1.21   1.26   43   -6 
 Dallas  34   9   12   13   42   47   1.24   1.38   1.15   39   -5 
 Colorado  34   11   4   19   44   50   1.29   1.47   1.09   37   -6 
 Portland  34   8   10   16   34   56   1.00   1.65   1.00   34   -22 
 Chivas USA  34   7   9   18   24   58   0.71   1.71   0.88   30   -34 


Top 5 conference finishers qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.
x=Supporters’ Shield Champion
y=clinched playoff position


Tiebreakers: 1-Goals Scored(Full Season), 2-Goal Differential(Full Season),3- Fewest Disciplinary Pts
4-Road Goals(Full Season), 5-Road Goal Differential, 6-Home Goals(Full Season), 7-Road Goal Differential

Points per Game
   GP   PPG 
 San Jose  34   1.94 
 Kansas City  34   1.85 
 DC United  34   1.71 
 NY Red Bull  34   1.68 
 Real Salt Lake  34   1.68 
 Chicago  34   1.68 
 Seattle  34   1.65 
 Los Angeles  34   1.59 
 Houston  34   1.56 
 Columbus  34   1.53 
 Vancouver  34   1.26 
 Montreal  34   1.24 
 Dallas  34   1.15 
 Colorado  34   1.09 
 Philadelphia  34   1.06 
 New England  34   1.03 
 Portland  34   1.00 
 Chivas USA  34   0.88 
 Toronto FC  34   0.68 


Who’s Hot? Last 5 Matches

Pts – Last 5 Matches
 DCU  11 
 RSL  11 
 SKC  9 
 SJ  9 
 SEA  8 
 LA  8 
 COL  8 
 RBNY  8 
 HOU  7 
 CLB  7 
 NE  7 
 FCD  6 
 PHL  6 
 VAN  6 
 PTL  5 
 CHI  4 
 MTL  3 
 CHV  2 
 TFC  1 





Streaking

  • Chivas USA are winless in 14 matches(8 road, 6 home).
  • Columbus are undefeated in 9 home matches.
  • DC United are undefeated in 16 home matches.
  • Houston is undefeated in 24 home matches, dating back to last season.
  • Houston are winless in 5 road matches.
  • San Jose is undefeated in 15 home matches.
  • San Jose is undefeated in 9 matches.
  • Sporting KC is undefeated in 12 matches.
  • Toronto are winless in 14 matches.
  • Vancouver are winless in 10 road matches.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 77 draws thru 323 matches vs 106(306 matches) in 2011.
  • There have been 169 clean sheets thru 323 matches, counting scoreless draws(22) as 2.
  • Through 323 games: goal scoring is up 2.0% from 2011, 2.64 vs 2.58.



CONCACAF Champions League


San Jose(Supporters’ Shield Winner), joins US Open Cup winner Sporting KC as the 2nd MLS team in the 2013-14 CCL.


Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle are the MLS teams that advance to the quarterfinals.

 Group 1 w d l pts gd
 Santos Laguna(MEX)  4   0   0   12   12 
 Toronto  2   0   2   6   4 
 CD Aguila(SLV)  0   0   4   0   -16 
           
 Group 2          
 Herediano(CRC)  3   1   0   10   3 
 RSL  2   1   1   7   2 
 Tauro FC(PAN)  0   0   4   0   -5 
           
 Group 3          
 Houston  2   2   0   8   6 
 CD Olimpia(HON)  1   2   1   5   2 
 CD FAS(SLV)  1   0   3   3   -8 
           
 Group 4          
 Seattle  4   0   0   12   7 
 CD Marathon(HON)  1   1   2   4   -2 
 Caledonia AIA(T&T)  0   1   3   1   -5 
           
 Group 5          
 LA Galaxy  3   1   0   10   8 
 Puerto Rico  1   1   2   4   -3 
 Isidro Metapan(SLV)  1   0   3   3   -5 
           
 Group 6          
 Tigres UANL(MEX)  2   2   0   8   9 
 Alajuelense(CRC)  2   1   1   7   -3 
 Real Estelí(NIC)  0   1   3   1   -6 
           
 Group 7          
 Monterrey(MEX)  4   0   0   12   15 
 Municipal(GUA)  2   0   2   6   -2 
 Chorrillo(PAN)  0   0   4   0   -13 
           
 Group 8          
 Xelaju(GUA)  2   1   1   7   1 
 CD Guadalajara(MEX)  2   1   1   7   4 
 W Connection(T&T)  0   2   2   2   -5 
 Xelaju Advances based on head to head v CD Guadalajara


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CCL(11-12) Attendance

I had a little extra time, so I put together this chart of the last three years attendance in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds along with last year’s group phase numbers. As with all my posts, if you find any errors, please let me know by commenting.

There isn’t much we can glean from the numbers. Some of the stadiums outside of the USA, Canada and Mexico are small. Columbus draws terribly for this tournament, not unlike how they’ve been drawing in recent league play.

One thing to look for is if the change in the tourney’s structure effects group play attendance. Going from 4 groups of 4 to eliminating the preliminary rounds and going with 8 groups of three means there are 4 group games versus 6. Only the group winners advance, vs the top two in the old model, adding importance to each match. Whether that shows up at the gate is something we will find out shortly.

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