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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 20

The Week 20 numbers look like this…

  Week 20 196 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007*  23,740     7   16,767     15,830     129 
 2008   13,907   -41.42%   4   16,370   -2.37%   16,531   4.42%   131 
 2009   12,055   -13.32%   6   15,670   -4.27%   15,412   -6.76%   143 
 2010   15,700   30.23%   9   16,492   5.24%   17,392   12.85%   158 
 2011   17,481   11.34%   8   17,421   5.63%   17,421   0.16%   196 
*2007 195 Game Season

YTD – 196 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,767     15,353    8.21%   29.74% 
 2008    16,370     15,030    11.22%   25.00% 
 2009    15,670     14,525    16.33%   18.88% 
 2010    16,492     14,751    8.16%   21.94% 
 2011    17,421     16,901    8.16%   25.00% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,155   101.84%   37,188   2.86%   11   104.75%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,224   74.90%   22,829   12.88%   11   84.55%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,767  NA  10   98.89%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,688   94.13%   19,977   -3.44%   12   90.90%   21,978 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  11   100.00%   18,627 
 Philadelphia 20,027  89.41%   18,236   -8.94%   10   98.57%   18,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,828   70.78%   18,216   2.18%   11   72.32%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  9,966   95.96%   17,762   78.24%   7   96.18%   18,467 
 Houston  16,895   75.09%   17,032   0.81%   12   75.70%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  16,952   87.65%   16,689   -1.55%   12   86.29%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,702   65.34%   15,686   6.70%   10   69.72%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  13,925   51.57%   14,425   3.59%   12   53.43%   27,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,046   72.14%   14,402   10.39%   12   79.63%   18,086 
 Chicago  15,486   77.43%   14,292   -7.71%   9   71.46%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  10,884   51.36%   12,993   19.38%   13   61.31%   21,193 
 San Jose  9,569   92.59%   12,395   29.54%   12   91.09%   13,608 
 NE Revolution  11,814   52.51%   12,149   2.83%   10   53.99%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  14,173   69.29%   10,882   -23.22%   11   53.20%   20,455 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my calculations, I’ve taken 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, such as San Jose playing at Stanford Satdium(50,000).
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I’ll be using 20,455 for Columbus this year. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know.


Observations


The Union went over capacity for it Friday Nighter. Unfortunately Philly lost for the first time at home in league play. Portland also went over listed soccer capacity for the Galaxy’s visit. Over 17,400 were at Livestrong Park. Around 18,500 showed up at both Houston and Salt Lake. San Jose welcomed a capacity crowd to Buck Shaw. Portland also sold out the house to maintain its 100% season. Dallas closed out the weekend with just over 10,000 in 100+ degree weather.


A good week with half the games selling out and strong showings everywhere except Dallas. As of now, Columbus must be considered the surprise team of the league. Too bad no one’s been going to watch them play in person.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Rajko Lekic scored for the Revs. Heinemann hit net for Columbus. Danny Koevermans tallied for Toronto. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Week 20 Games
 
Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler 18,770
Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave
 
Vancouver 0 86 Forever 27,500
Los Angeles 4 LA – Official Blog
 
Houston 3 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley 18,465
Seattle 1 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark
 
Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 17,418
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
 
Real Salt Lake 0 RSL Soapbox 18,516
Columbus 2 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
 
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer 10,525
DC United 2 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
Portland 2 Dropping Timber 18,627
Toronto 2 TFC Connected
 
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 10,023
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – Official Blog

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Columbus  22   9   7   6   24   20   1.09   0.91   1.55   34   4 
 Philadelphia  20   8   7   5   25   18   1.25   0.90   1.55   31   7 
 NY Red Bull  23   6   12   5   37   30   1.61   1.30   1.30   30   7 
 Kansas City  21   6   9   6   29   28   1.38   1.33   1.29   27   1 
 Houston  22   6   9   7   27   27   1.23   1.23   1.23   27   0 
 DC United  20   6   8   6   26   30   1.30   1.50   1.30   26   -4 
 New England  22   4   9   9   20   30   0.91   1.36   0.95   21   -10 
 Toronto FC  24   3   10   11   21   43   0.88   1.79   0.79   19   -22 
 Chicago  20   2   12   6   20   25   1.00   1.25   0.90   18   -5 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  23   12   9   2   32   16   1.39   0.70   1.96   45   16 
 Dallas  23   12   6   5   30   21   1.30   0.91   1.83   42   9 
 Seattle  23   10   8   5   33   26   1.43   1.13   1.65   38   7 
 Colorado  24   8   10   6   33   31   1.38   1.29   1.42   34   2 
 Real Salt Lake  19   9   6   4   27   14   1.42   0.74   1.74   33   13 
 Chivas USA  22   6   8   8   27   24   1.23   1.09   1.18   26   3 
 San Jose  22   5   9   8   24   29   1.09   1.32   1.09   24   -5 
 Portland  20   6   4   10   24   34   1.20   1.70   1.10   22   -10 
 Vancouver  22   2   9   11   21   34   0.95   1.55   0.68   15   -13 


Tiebreakers: 1-Head to Head, 2-Goal Differential(Full Season), 3-Goals Scored(Full Season)
4-Road Record(Full Season), 5-Home Record(Full Season), 6-Fair Play





Streaking

  • Three teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(12 games) and Kansas City(7 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • Los Angeles is on a 14 game unbeaten run.
  • Sporting KC is on a 13 game unbeaten run.
  • San Jose is winless in 9 games.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 76 draws compared to 49 in ’10 thru the first 196 matches.
  • There have been 117 clean sheets in the first 196 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 196 games: goal scoring is up around 2.6% from 2010, 2.45 vs 2.39.
  • RSL has lost only four times in its last 57 home league matches.



Lamar Hunt US Open Cup


The Semifinal schedule. Chicago went through after defeating RBNY. USL-Pro Richmond Kickers are the official Cinderella team as they defeated Sporting KC at LiveStrong Park. The Kickers will play the Fire in one of the semis. FC Dallas got a measure of revenge for their league loss last week at Rio Tinto by defeating RSL at PHP and advancing to the semis.


Semifinals

  • Aug 30 — Chicago Fire hosts Richmond Kickers at Toyoto Park
  • Aug 30 — Seattle Sounders hosts FC Dallas at Tukwila, WA.


CONCACAF Champions League


Three MLS teams began play in the preliminary round of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League. Seattle travelled to San Francisco and lost 1-0. The return leg in Seattle is on August 3. Toronto, the Canadian entrant in the tourney, held serve at home, beating Real Esteli 2-1 at BMO. They play the finale on August 2. Dallas pulled off an infrequent victory away at Alianza. In the three previous years of the new format, MLS teams have won only 4 times in CCL road games. Dallas was the only road winner of the eight prelim matches. They play the return leg in Dallas on August 3. Colorado and Los Angeles are automatic group entry teams. The group phase begins play on August 16.


2nd leg schedule for MLS teams

  • Aug 2 — Toronto travels to Real Estelí(Nicaragua) – TFC up 2-1
  • Aug 3 — Seattle hosts San Francisco(Panama) – SF up 1-0
  • Aug 3 — Dallas hosts Alianza(El Salvador) – FCD up 1-0



Soccer Potpourri – Some Tasty Story Links

USMNT

MLS

Interesting Reads

Tourneys


MLS – Euro Attendance Musings and Talking Points

MLS/Euro – Capacities

  • This chart compares the 2009-10 and 2010-11 Euro seasons with the 2010 and 2011 MLS seasons respectively.
Percent of Capacity
 ’09-’10 – MLS ’10  ’10-’11 – MLS ’11
 EPL  91.22%  90.73%
 Bundesliga  88.27%  91.51%
 MLS  76.06%  79.86%
 La Liga  74.82%  74.33%
 Ligue 1  69.41%  70.90%
 Serie A  59.19%  54.63%
 SPL  59.02%  52.82%
  • By itself, this data is relatively meaningless. Several Euro teams play in Olympic size stadiums which they don’t come close to filling while still drawing 50,000+. We could even suggest that MLS has pegged it right when building its stadiums, accurately gauging how many seats would be needed. Note that I am using a generic, and wholly arbitrary, capacity number of 22,500 for three MLS teams, New England, DC United and Houston, all of whom play in American football size stadiums.
  • The sources for the attendance data comes from ESPNSoccernet for the Euro leagues and MLSSoccer.com for MLS. Wikipedia shows different numbers for the Euro leagues, but I did use their stadium capacities listings.

MLS/Euro Attendances and Domestic TV Rights Revenues

2011 2010 2009 2008 Domestic TV(Annual)
 SPL  13,673  13,915  16,375  16,808 73,831,580 € $106,000,000
 +/- from previous year  -1.74%   -15.02%   -2.58% 
 Ligue 1  19,165  20,089  20,549  21,756 668,000,000 € $959,047,600
 +/- from previous year  -4.60%   -2.24%   -5.55% 
 Serie A  23,842  25,282  24,462  23,251 574,500,000 € $824,809,650
 +/- from previous year  -5.70%   3.35%  5.21%
 La Liga  29,023  28,474  27,672  29,312 568,330,431 € $815,952,000
 +/- from previous year  1.93%  2.90%  -5.60% 
 EPL  35,192  34,150  35,594  35,991 700,000,000 € $1,004,990,000
 +/- from previous year  3.05%  -4.06%   -1.10% 
 Bundesliga  42,653  42,490  42,521  39,444 378,909,243 € $544,000,000
 +/- from previous year  0.39%  -0.07%   7.80%
 MLS  17,418  16,675  16,037  16,460 17,064,846 € $24,500,000
 +/- from previous year  4.46%  3.98%  -2.57% 
MLS Amount does not include local deals or Rogers’ deal in Canada
Satellite, Cable Packages and internet subscriptions are not included in the TV rights numbers.
  • The next time someone mentions the disparity between the major Euros leagues and MLS, just show them the TV revenues. I’ve written about this several times over the last three years. Never got much feedback, which I didn’t understand, but things haven’t changed. The next big expansion in quality must be fueled with more revenues, and TV rights deals are the vehicle by which that will happen.

MLS/Euro Winning Percentages

  • Here are the winning percentages for the top four finishers for the ’09-’10 Euro season and the ’10 MLS season.
2010-11 Winning % 2009-10 Winning % 2008-09 Winning %
Bundesliga Bundesliga Bundesliga
 Dortmund  67.6%  Bayern Munich  58.8%  VfL Wolfsburg  61.8%
 Bayer Leverkusen  58.8%  Schalke 04  55.9%  Bayern Munich  58.8%
 Bayern Munich  55.9%  Werder Bremen  50.0%  VfB Stuttgart  55.9%
 Hannover 96  55.9%  Bayer Leverkusen  44.1%  Hertha Berlin  55.9%
EPL EPL EPL
 Manchester United  60.5%  Chelsea  71.1%  Manchester United  73.7%
 Chelsea  55.3%  Manchester United  71.1%  Liverpool  65.8%
 Manchester City  55.3%  Arsenal  60.5%  Chelsea  65.8%
 Arsenal  50.0%  Tottenham Hotspur  55.3%  Arsenal  52.6%
La Liga La Liga La Liga
 Barcelona  78.9%  Barcelona  81.6%  Barcelona  71.1%
 Real Madrid  76.3%  Real Madrid  81.6%  Real Madrid  65.8%
 Valencia  55.3%  Valencia  55.3%  Sevilla FC  55.3%
 Villarreal  47.4%  Sevilla FC  50.0%  Atlético Madrid  52.6%
Serie A Serie A Serie A
 AC Milan  63.2%  Internazionale  63.2%  Internazionale  65.8%
 Internazionale  60.5%  AS Roma  63.2%  Juventus  55.3%
 Napoli  55.3%  AC Milan  52.6%  AC Milan  57.9%
 Udinese  52.6%  Sampdoria  50.0%  Fiorentina  55.3%
Ligue 1 Ligue 1 Ligue 1
 Lille  55.3%  Marseille  60.5%  Bordeaux  63.2%
 Marseille  47.4%  Lyon  52.6%  Marseille  57.9%
 Lyon  44.7%  AJ Auxerre  52.6%  Lyon  52.6%
 Paris Saint-Germain  39.5%  Lille  55.3%  Toulouse  42.1%
MLS 2011 MLS 2010 MLS 2009
 Los Angeles  50.0%  Los Angeles  60.0%  Columbus  43.3%
 Dallas  50.0%  Real Salt Lake  50.0%  Los Angeles  40.0%
 Seattle  45.5%  NY Red Bull  50.0%  Houston  43.3%
 Real Salt Lake  50.0%  Dallas  40.0%  Seattle  40.0%
  • MLS has the lowest average winning percentage of the top four teams. Could playoffs be the reason? Without the enormous pressure to finish 1st to win the ‘title’, taking 1 point from a game is far less a disaster than in the Euro leagues.

    Note: I’m one of those folks that considers the Supporters’ Shield winner to be the MLS champions, with the MLS Cup winners being champions with an asterisk.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19

The Week 19 numbers look like this…

  Week 19 188 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007   25,407     5   16,625     15,376     122 
 2008   18,872   -25.72%   6   16,396   -1.37%   16,613   8.04%   127 
 2009   16,846   -10.73%   7   15,733   -4.05%   15,559   -6.34%   137 
 2010   17,583   4.37%   8   16,572   5.33%   17,494   12.44%   149 
 2011   15,669   -10.88%   11   17,418   5.11%   17,418   -0.44%   188 

YTD – 188 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,625     15,046    8.51%   28.19% 
 2008    16,396     15,037    11.17%   25.00% 
 2009    15,733     14,479    15.43%   19.15% 
 2010    16,572     14,569    7.45%   22.34% 
 2011    17,418     16,574    8.51%   25.53% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,155   101.84%   37,188   2.86%   11   104.75%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,224   74.90%   22,829   12.88%   11   84.55%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,019  NA  9   95.33%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,688   94.13%   19,977   -3.44%   12   90.90%   21,978 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  10   100.00%   18,627 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,828   70.78%   18,216   2.18%   11   72.32%   25,189 
 Philadelphia 20,343  89.09%   18,177   -10.65%   9   98.25%   18,500 
 KC Wizards  9,896   95.29%   17,820   80.07%   6   96.49%   18,467 
 Houston  17,061   75.83%   16,902   -0.93%   11   75.12%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  16,755   86.64%   16,523   -1.39%   11   85.43%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,702   65.34%   15,686   6.70%   10   69.72%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  13,925   51.57%   14,425   3.59%   12   53.43%   27,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,046   72.14%   14,402   10.39%   12   79.63%   18,086 
 Chicago  15,486   77.43%   14,292   -7.71%   9   71.46%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  11,169   52.70%   13,241   18.55%   12   62.48%   21,193 
 San Jose  9,702   93.87%   12,565   29.52%   11   90.34%   13,909 
 NE Revolution  11,814   52.51%   12,149   2.83%   10   53.99%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  14,173   69.29%   10,882   -23.22%   11   53.20%   20,455 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my calculations, I’ve taken 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, such as San Jose playing at Stanford Satdium(50,000).
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I’ll be using 20,455 for Columbus this year. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know.


Observations


DC’s nearly 15,600 was a good midweek showing. Toronto filled BMO for the debut of its two new DP’s. Colorado had over 15,200 for the Red Bulls. San Jose’s first midweek game of the season was their lowest attended game, while the Galaxy pulled in a hefty 24,700+. RBNY had over 17,200 come out in 100+ degree heat. Columbus continued to show poorly at the gate with just over 11,200. SKC had nearly 16,400, also in 100 degree heat. The Rapids returned to mediocrity with just under 12,300. RSL nearly filled the house as 19,429 came to Rio Tinto. Chivas USA still struggles at HDC as only a tad over 11,000 saw Justin Braun’s hat trick.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Eric Hassli struck for a brace for Vancouver. Jan Gunnar Solli scored for RBNY. Omar Bravo scored for SKC and newcomer Danny Koevermans tallied his first for TFC. Benny Feilhaber also got his first for the Revs. Caleb Folan netted his 4th for the Rapids. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Week 19 Games
 
DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider 15,597
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
 
Toronto 0 TFC Connected 21,087
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Colorado 4 Burgundy Wave 15,227
RBNY 1 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest
 
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog 24,709
Columbus 0 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
 
San Jose 2 San Jose Center Line Soccer 8,122
Vancouver 2 86 Forever
 
RBNY 2 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest 17,276
FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Columbus 1 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden 11,246
Portland 0 Dropping Timber
 
Sporting KC 4 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 16,382
Toronto 2 TFC Connected
 
Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave 12,273
New England 2 Revolution Soccer
 
Real Salt Lake 4 RSL Soapbox 19,429
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Chivas USA 3 Chivas USA – Official Blog 11,013
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Philadelphia  19   8   7   4   24   16   1.26   0.84   1.63   31   8 
 Columbus  21   8   7   6   22   20   1.05   0.95   1.48   31   2 
 NY Red Bull  23   6   12   5   37   30   1.61   1.30   1.30   30   7 
 Kansas City  20   6   8   6   28   27   1.40   1.35   1.30   26   1 
 Houston  21   5   9   7   24   26   1.14   1.24   1.14   24   -2 
 DC United  19   5   8   6   24   30   1.26   1.58   1.21   23   -6 
 New England  21   4   8   9   19   29   0.90   1.38   0.95   20   -10 
 Chicago  20   2   12   6   20   25   1.00   1.25   0.90   18   -5 
 Toronto FC  23   3   9   11   19   41   0.83   1.78   0.78   18   -22 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  22   11   9   2   28   16   1.27   0.73   1.91   42   12 
 Dallas  22   11   6   5   29   21   1.32   0.95   1.77   39   8 
 Seattle  22   10   8   4   32   23   1.45   1.05   1.73   38   9 
 Real Salt Lake  18   9   6   3   27   12   1.50   0.67   1.83   33   15 
 Colorado  23   7   10   6   31   30   1.35   1.30   1.35   31   1 
 Chivas USA  21   6   8   7   27   23   1.29   1.10   1.24   26   4 
 San Jose  21   5   9   7   24   27   1.14   1.29   1.14   24   -3 
 Portland  19   6   3   10   22   32   1.16   1.68   1.11   21   -10 
 Vancouver  21   2   9   10   21   30   1.00   1.43   0.71   15   -9 


Tiebreakers: 1-Head to Head, 2-Goal Differential(Full Season), 3-Goals Scored(Full Season)
4-Road Record(Full Season), 5-Home Record(Full Season), 6-Fair Play





Streaking

  • Three teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(11 games), Philadelpha(9 games) and Kansas City(6 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • Los Angeles is on an 13 game unbeaten run.
  • Sporting KC is on 12 game unbeaten run.
  • Seattle is on a 9 game unbeaten run.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 74 draws compared to 48 in ’10 thru the first 188 matches.
  • There have been 113 clean sheets in the first 188 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 188 games: goal scoring is up around 3.6% from 2010, 2.44 vs 2.35.
  • RSL has lost only three times in its last 56 home league matches.



Lamar Hunt US Open Cup


The Semifinal schedule. Chicago went through after defeating RBNY. USL-Pro Richmond Kickers are the official Cinderella team as they defeated Sporting KC at LiveStrong Park. The Kickers will play the Fire in one of the semis. FC Dallas got a measure of revenge for their league loss last week at Rio Tinto by defeating RSL at PHP and advancing to the semis.


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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 18

The Week 18 numbers look like this…for other years, see the MLS Attendance Page

  Week 18 177 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007   15,373     6   16,502     14,948     117 
 2008   13,152   -14.45%   5   16,482   -0.12%   16,501   10.39%   121 
 2009   16,634   26.48%   6   15,727   -4.58%   15,490   -6.13%   130 
 2010   15,713   -5.54%   8   16,551   5.24%   17,273   11.51%   141 
 2011   16,865   7.33%   7   17,527   5.89%   17,527   1.47%   177 

YTD – 177 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,502     15,033    8.47%   26.55% 
 2008    16,482     15,257    11.30%   25.42% 
 2009    15,727     14,516    16.38%   19.77% 
 2010    16,551     14,389    7.34%   22.60% 
 2011    17,527     16,841    8.47%   25.99% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,155   101.84%   37,188   2.86%   11   104.75%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,298   75.18%   22,641   11.54%   10   83.86%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,019  NA  9   95.33%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,655   93.98%   19,876   -3.77%   11   90.44%   21,978 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  10   100.00%   18,627 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,425   69.18%   18,310   5.08%   10   72.69%   25,189 
 Philadelphia 20,343  89.09%   18,177   -10.65%   9   98.25%   18,500 
 KC Wizards  9,840   94.75%   18,107   84.02%   5   98.05%   18,467 
 Houston  17,061   75.83%   16,902   -0.93%   11   75.12%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  16,740   86.56%   16,233   -3.03%   10   83.93%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,949   66.44%   15,696   5.00%   9   69.76%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  13,792   51.08%   14,735   6.84%   11   54.58%   27,000 
 Colorado Rapids  12,993   71.84%   14,532   11.85%   10   80.35%   18,086 
 Chicago  15,486   77.43%   14,292   -7.71%   9   71.46%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  11,169   52.70%   13,241   18.55%   12   62.48%   21,193 
 San Jose  9,638   93.25%   13,010   34.99%   10   91.17%   14,270 
 NE Revolution  11,814   52.51%   12,149   2.83%   10   53.99%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  13,984   68.36%   10,846   -22.44%   10   53.02%   20,455 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my calculations, I’ve taken 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, such as San Jose playing at Stanford Satdium(50,000).
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I’ll be using 20,455 for Columbus this year. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know.


Observations


The usual 36,000+ were on hand in Seattle. A middling crowd, but good for Columbus, 14,100+. A decent crowd in Chicago, over 16,000. A very soft 12,000+ in Houston. It was 100 degrees in Dallas, then again it wouldn’t have been usual for Dallas to draw 10,800+ with good weather. A pretty normal 14,800+ for Chivas USA at the HDC. Same for New England, with 13,400+ showing up.


Four of the original 10 teams are in the bottom six of the attendance table.


The rash of 0-0 games is reaching epidemic proportions.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Mauro Rosales(Seattle) and Caleb Folan(Colorado) scored in the weekend’s opener. Carlos Valdes hit the goal for the Union. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Week 18 Games
 
Seattle 4 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark 36,424
Colorado 3 Burgundy Wave
 
Columbus 0 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden 14,109
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Chicago 0 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton 16,419
Portland 1 Dropping Timber
 
Houston 1 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley 12,047
Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
FC Dallas 0 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 10,802
DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – Official Blog 14,838
RBNY 0 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest
 
New England 0 Revolution Soccer 13,414
Philadelphia 3 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Philadelphia  19   8   7   4   24   16   1.26   0.84   1.63   31   8 
 NY Red Bull  21   6   11   4   34   24   1.62   1.14   1.38   29   10 
 Columbus  19   7   7   5   21   19   1.11   1.00   1.47   28   2 
 Houston  20   5   9   6   24   23   1.20   1.15   1.20   24   1 
 Kansas City  19   5   8   6   24   25   1.26   1.32   1.21   23   -1 
 DC United  18   5   8   5   24   29   1.33   1.61   1.28   23   -5 
 Chicago  20   2   12   6   20   25   1.00   1.25   0.90   18   -5 
 Toronto FC  21   3   9   9   17   36   0.81   1.71   0.86   18   -19 
 New England  19   3   7   9   16   27   0.84   1.42   0.84   16   -11 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  21   10   9   2   27   16   1.29   0.76   1.86   39   11 
 Seattle  22   10   8   4   32   23   1.45   1.05   1.73   38   9 
 Dallas  20   10   5   5   26   19   1.30   0.95   1.75   35   7 
 Real Salt Lake  17   8   6   3   23   12   1.35   0.71   1.76   30   11 
 Colorado  21   6   9   6   25   27   1.19   1.29   1.29   27   -2 
 San Jose  19   5   8   6   22   21   1.16   1.11   1.21   23   1 
 Chivas USA  20   5   8   7   24   23   1.20   1.15   1.15   23   1 
 Portland  18   6   3   9   22   31   1.22   1.72   1.17   21   -9 
 Vancouver  20   2   8   10   19   28   0.95   1.40   0.70   14   -9 


Tiebreakers: 1-Head to Head, 2-Goal Differential(Full Season), 3-Goals Scored(Full Season)
4-Road Record(Full Season), 5-Home Record(Full Season), 6-Fair Play





Streaking

  • Four teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(10 games) and Philadelpha(9 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • Los Angeles is on an 12 game unbeaten run.
  • Sporting KC is on 11 game unbeaten run.
  • Seattle is on a 9 game unbeaten run.
  • New England is winless in 8.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 71 draws compared to 44 in ’10 thru the first 177 matches.
  • There have been 107 clean sheets in the first 177 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 177 games: goal scoring is up around 0.7% from 2010, 2.40 vs 2.38.
  • RSL has lost only three times in its last 55 home league matches.



Lamar Hunt US Open Cup


The Semifinal schedule. Chicago went through after defeating RBNY. USL-Pro Richmond Kickers are the official Cinderella team as they defeated Sporting KC at LiveStrong Park. The Kickers will play the Fire in one of the semis. FC Dallas got a measure of revenge for their league loss last week at Rio Tinto by defeating RSL at PHP and advancing to the semis.


FIFA Women’s World Cup


Japan defeated the USA women on PK’s in the Final of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Soccer Potpourri

MLS

Interesting Reads

Tourneys

  • Jonathan Wilson: Argentina’s failures at the Copa America are system-based – This story remains relevant despite Argentina’s recovering to play in the knockout phase.
  • US Open Cup: Cinderella Richmond is in the semifinals and will play 4 time winner Chicago. Seattle will continue its three-peat quest when it faces Dallas in the other semifinal. But a lot of attention, about a tourney that is perennially starved for attention, is about the unceremonious elimination of the Red Bulls, who fielded a team that stood little chance of advancing. Below are a few posts that discuss the issue. The lack of respect shown the tourney by most of MLS and much of the fan community is an old story. With all of its high profile stars sitting out, RBNY didn’t do anything that other teams haven’t done in the past, but because the players are so high-profile, it has grabbed a bit more attention than similar circumstances that have come before. Maybe in itself that speaks to the inexhorable, albeit snail paced, penetration of one part of soccer culture in the USA. Anyway, check out the posts below for the though exercise if nothing else.
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: Red Bulls Embarrass Themselves in US Open Cup Loss – The Viper’s Nest
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: Why The New York Red Bulls Don’t Care About The U.S. Open Cup – Dave Martinez
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: The Red Bulls And The Value Of The Open Cup – J Hutchesron

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 17

The Week 17 numbers look like this…I’ve included the two July 4th matches in week 16.

  Week 17 170 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007   13,974     4   16,311     14,925     111 
 2008   23,000   64.59%   5   16,350   0.24%   16,646   11.53%   116 
 2009   19,313   -16.03%   6   15,903   -2.73%   15,435   -7.27%   124 
 2010   21,368   10.64%   5   16,628   4.56%   17,367   12.52%   133 
 2011   16,643   -22.11%   12   17,554   5.57%   17,554   1.08%   170 

YTD – 170 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,311     14,804    8.82%   25.29% 
 2008    16,350     15,078    11.76%   24.12% 
 2009    15,903     14,629    15.88%   20.00% 
 2010    16,628     14,434    7.65%   22.94% 
 2011    17,554     17,437    8.82%   26.47% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,159   101.86%   37,264   3.06%   10   104.97%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,298   75.18%   22,641   11.54%   10   83.86%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,019  NA  9   95.33%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,655   93.98%   19,876   -3.77%   11   90.44%   21,978 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  10   100.00%   18,627 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,425   69.18%   18,310   5.08%   10   72.69%   25,189 
 Philadelphia 20,343  89.09%   18,177   -10.65%   9   98.25%   18,500 
 KC Wizards  9,840   94.75%   18,107   84.02%   5   98.05%   18,467 
 Houston  16,878   75.01%   17,387   3.02%   10   77.28%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  16,740   86.56%   16,233   -3.03%   10   83.93%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,949   66.44%   15,696   5.00%   9   69.76%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,093   52.20%   14,725   4.49%   10   54.54%   27,000 
 Colorado Rapids  12,993   71.84%   14,532   11.85%   10   80.35%   18,086 
 Chicago  15,664   78.32%   14,026   -10.46%   8   70.13%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  10,811   51.01%   13,462   24.52%   11   63.52%   21,193 
 San Jose  9,638   93.25%   13,010   34.99%   10   91.17%   14,270 
 NE Revolution  11,844   52.64%   12,008   1.39%   9   53.37%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  14,028   68.58%   10,483   -25.27%   9   51.25%   20,455 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my calculations, I’ve taken 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, such as San Jose playing at Stanford Satdium(50,000).
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I’ll be using 20,455 for Columbus this year. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know.


Observations


15,200+ came to Red Bull Arena for its Wednesday match v TFC. Sporting KC had its first non sellout in its new home, drawing 15,200+ on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Vancouver’s match drew a healthy 19,000+ while Chivas USA had its lowest showing of the year with just over 9,400+. The Red Bulls drew a healthy 22,200. Sporting KC returned to selling out on Saturday. A good showing of over 19,000 in Houston. Colorado went back to its mediocre gate with 13,000+. Rio Tinto saw over 17,700 for RSL. San Jose disappointed by not selling out. The Galaxy had a good crowd of over 21,700. Portland closed out the weekend with a sellout.


Jeff Cunningham finally tied Jaime Moreno as the top all time MLS goal scorer.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Luke Rodgers scored his 6th goal for RBNY. Omar Bravo netting for SKC. Cristian Nazarit got his 2nd for the Fire. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Week 17 Games
 
RBNY 5 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest 15,269
Toronto 0 TFC Connected
 
Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 15,209
Colorado 1 Burgundy Wave
 
Vancouver 0 86 Forever 19,079
Columbus 1 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
 
Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA – Official Blog 9,425
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
RBNY 0 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest 22,200
DC United 1 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 18,467
Chivas USA 1 Chivas USA – Official Blog
 
Houston 2 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley 19,085
Toronto 0 TFC Connected
 
Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave 13,058
Vancouver 1 86 Forever
 
Real Salt Lake 2 RSL Soapbox 17,734
FC Dallas 0 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer 9,794
Philadelphia 0 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler
 
Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog 21,762
Chicago 1 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton
 
Portland 2 Dropping Timber 18,627
Seattle 3 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 NY Red Bull  20   6   10   4   34   24   1.70   1.20   1.40   28   10 
 Philadelphia  18   7   7   4   21   16   1.17   0.89   1.56   28   5 
 Columbus  18   7   6   5   21   19   1.17   1.06   1.50   27   2 
 Houston  19   5   8   6   23   22   1.21   1.16   1.21   23   1 
 Kansas City  18   5   7   6   23   24   1.28   1.33   1.22   22   -1 
 DC United  17   5   7   5   24   29   1.41   1.71   1.29   22   -5 
 Chicago  19   2   12   5   20   24   1.05   1.26   0.95   18   -4 
 Toronto FC  21   3   9   9   17   36   0.81   1.71   0.86   18   -19 
 New England  18   3   7   8   16   24   0.89   1.33   0.89   16   -8 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  21   10   9   2   27   16   1.29   0.76   1.86   39   11 
 Seattle  21   9   8   4   28   20   1.33   0.95   1.67   35   8 
 Dallas  19   10   4   5   26   19   1.37   1.00   1.79   34   7 
 Real Salt Lake  17   8   6   3   23   12   1.35   0.71   1.76   30   11 
 Colorado  20   6   9   5   22   23   1.10   1.15   1.35   27   -1 
 Chivas USA  19   5   7   7   24   23   1.26   1.21   1.16   22   1 
 San Jose  18   5   7   6   22   21   1.22   1.17   1.22   22   1 
 Portland  17   5   3   9   21   31   1.24   1.82   1.06   18   -10 
 Vancouver  20   2   8   10   19   28   0.95   1.40   0.70   14   -9 





Streaking

  • Five teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(10 games) and Philadelpha(9 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • Los Angeles is on an 12 game unbeaten run.
  • Sporting KC is on 10 game unbeaten run.
  • RSL is on an 8 game unbeaten run.
  • RSL is on a 6 game unbeaten run.
  • Chicago has drawn 6 straight at home.
  • Portland hasn’t won in 7 games.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 67 draws compared to 42 in ’10 thru the first 170 matches.
  • There have been 99 clean sheets in the first 170 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 170 games: goal scoring is up around 1.0% from 2010, 2.42 vs 2.39.
  • RSL has lost only three times in its last 55 home league matches.



Lamar Hunt US Open Cup


The Quarterfinal schedule. Three games on July 12, one on the 13th. Seven MLS clubs are joined by the USL-Pro Richmond Kickers.


FIFA Women’s World Cup


The USA women advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They play France on July 13.


Thursday Links

MLS

Interesting

FIFA Fun

The Business of Soccer

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 16

The Week 16 numbers look like this…I’ve included the two July 4th matches in week 16. The league halfway point has been passed.

  Week 16 158 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007   12,473     4   16,005     14,960     107 
 2008   14,475   16.05%   5   16,450   2.78%   16,360   9.35%   111 
 2009   16,142   11.51%   6   15,938   -3.11%   15,238   -6.86%   118 
 2010   14,047   -12.97%   7   16,590   4.09%   17,211   12.95%   128 
 2011   21,115   50.31%   9   17,623   6.23%   17,623   2.40%   158 

YTD – 158 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,005     14,623    9.49%   23.42% 
 2008    16,450     15,264    11.39%   24.68% 
 2009    15,938     14,573    14.56%   20.25% 
 2010    16,590     14,434    8.23%   22.15% 
 2011    17,623     17,050    8.23%   27.22% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,159   101.86%   37,264   3.06%   10   104.97%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,319   75.26%   22,739   11.91%   9   84.22%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,136  NA  8   95.89%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,655   93.98%   19,876   -3.77%   11   90.44%   21,978 
 KC Wizards  10,219   98.40%   18,953   85.46%   3   102.63%   18,467 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  9   100.00%   18,627 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  16,277   64.62%   18,204   11.84%   8   72.27%   25,189 
 Philadelphia 20,343  89.09%   18,177   -10.65%   9   98.25%   18,500 
 Houston  16,003   71.12%   17,198   7.47%   9   76.44%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  16,632   86.00%   16,066   -3.40%   9   83.07%   19,340 
 D.C. United  14,949   66.44%   15,696   5.00%   9   69.76%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,268   52.84%   15,314   7.33%   9   56.72%   27,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,158   72.75%   14,696   11.69%   9   81.26%   18,086 
 Chicago  15,664   78.32%   14,026   -10.46%   8   70.13%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  10,811   51.01%   13,462   24.52%   11   63.52%   21,193 
 San Jose  9,509   92.00%   13,367   40.58%   9   90.86%   14,711 
 NE Revolution  11,844   52.64%   12,008   1.39%   9   53.37%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  14,028   68.58%   10,483   -25.27%   9   51.25%   20,455 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my calculations, I’ve taken 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, such as San Jose playing at Stanford Satdium(50,000).
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I’ll be using 20,455 for Columbus this year. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know.


Observations


Toronto began the week with a near sellout on Wednesday. A barely decent showing in DC for the Union game, 13,300+. Feast or famine in Dallas, as they drew over 20,000 for the 3rd time this season. Chivas USA pulled in 15,100+. San Jose’s move to Standford Stadium for the RBNY game paid off with over 41,000 in attendance. Portland continues its perfect home sellout record. Colorado packed the house for its annual fireworks extravaganza. On July 4, Salt Lake welcomed 16,100+ to Rio Tinto. LA closed out the week with a sellout at the HDC.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Nick Soolsma tallied his first for TFC. C.J. Sapong and Aurelien Collin scored for SKC. Darlington Nagbe got his first for Portland. Rajko Lekic scored for New England. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Week 16 Games
 
Toronto 1 TFC Connected 19,816
Vancouver 0 86 Forever
 
DC United 2 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider 13,365
Philadelphia 2 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler
 
FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 20,704
Columbus 0 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
 
Chivas USA 1 Chivas USA – Official Blog 15,152
Chicago 1 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton
 
San Jose 2 San Jose Center Line Soccer 41,028
RBNY 2 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest
 
Portland 1 Dropping Timber 18,627
Sporting KC 2 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
Colorado 0 Burgundy Wave 18,203
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley
 
Real Salt Lake 3 RSL Soapbox 16,139
New England 3 Revolution Soccer
 
Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog 27,000
Seattle 0 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Philadelphia  17   7   6   4   21   16   1.24   0.94   1.59   27   5 
 NY Red Bull  18   5   10   3   29   23   1.61   1.28   1.39   25   6 
 Columbus  17   6   6   5   20   19   1.18   1.12   1.41   24   1 
 Kansas City  16   5   5   6   21   22   1.31   1.38   1.25   20   -1 
 Houston  18   4   8   6   21   22   1.17   1.22   1.11   20   -1 
 DC United  16   4   7   5   23   29   1.44   1.81   1.19   19   -6 
 Chicago  18   2   12   4   19   22   1.06   1.22   1.00   18   -3 
 Toronto FC  19   3   9   7   17   29   0.89   1.53   0.95   18   -12 
 New England  18   3   7   8   16   24   0.89   1.33   0.89   16   -8 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  20   9   9   2   25   15   1.25   0.75   1.80   36   10 
 Dallas  18   10   4   4   26   17   1.44   0.94   1.89   34   9 
 Seattle  20   8   8   4   25   18   1.25   0.90   1.60   32   7 
 Real Salt Lake  16   7   6   3   21   12   1.31   0.75   1.69   27   9 
 Colorado  18   5   8   5   19   21   1.06   1.17   1.28   23   -2 
 San Jose  16   5   6   5   22   19   1.38   1.19   1.31   21   3 
 Chivas USA  17   4   6   7   21   22   1.24   1.29   1.06   18   -1 
 Portland  16   5   3   8   19   28   1.19   1.75   1.13   18   -9 
 Vancouver  18   2   8   8   18   25   1.00   1.39   0.78   14   -7 





Streaking

  • Five teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(9 games) and Philadelpha(9 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • Los Angeles is on an 11 game unbeaten run.
  • Chicago and Sporting KC are on 8 game unbeaten runs.
  • Chicago has drawn 6 straight at home.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 64 draws compared to 40 in ’10 thru the first 158 matches.
  • There have been 91 clean sheets in the first 158 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 158 games: goal scoring is up around 1.3% from 2010, 2.42 vs 2.39.
  • RSL has lost only three times in its last 54 home league matches.



Lamar Hunt US Open Cup


The 3rd round was played on June 28. Seven of the eight MLS clubs advanced, with only Columbus falling to a lower division team.