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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

The Week 24 numbers look like this…

  Week 24 235 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2007*  17,987     8   16,767     16,063     159 
 2008**  16,016   -10.95%   7   16,460   -1.83%   16,463   2.49%   161 
 2009***  16,148   0.82%   8   16,037   -2.57%   15,841   -3.78%   172 
 2010   18,444   14.22%   8   16,655   3.85%   17,274   9.04%   190 
 2011   20,813   12.85%   7   17,429   4.64%   17,429   0.90%   235 
*’07 195 Game Season – **’08 210 Game Season – ***’09 225 Game Season

YTD – 235 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2007    16,767     15,353    8.21%   29.74% 
 2008    16,460     15,188    10.95%   24.76% 
 2009    16,037     14,686    14.67%   20.44% 
 2010    16,655     15,328    7.66%   22.55% 
 2011    17,429     16,852    6.81%   24.68% 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
  2010 2011  
  Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
 Seattle  36,167   101.88%   37,061   2.47%   13   104.40%   35,500 
 LA Galaxy  20,735   76.80%   23,051   11.17%   13   85.37%   27,000 
 Vancouver NA NA  20,551  NA  12   97.86%   21,000 
 Toronto  20,622   93.83%   20,178   -2.16%   14   91.81%   21,978 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,927   71.17%   18,796   4.85%   12   74.62%   25,189 
 Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  14   100.00%   18,627 
 Philadelphia 19,609  90.16%   18,308   -6.64%   12   98.96%   18,500 
 KC Wizards  10,073   97.00%   17,578   74.50%   12   95.19%   18,467 
 Real Salt Lake  16,759   86.65%   16,873   0.68%   13   87.24%   19,340 
 Houston  16,833   74.81%   16,793   -0.23%   14   74.64%   22,500 
 D.C. United  14,271   63.43%   15,024   5.27%   12   66.77%   22,500 
 Colorado Rapids  13,014   71.96%   14,584   12.06%   14   80.64%   18,086 
 ChivasUSA  14,721   54.52%   14,402   -2.17%   13   53.34%   27,000 
 Chicago  15,841   79.20%   14,018   -11.51%   13   70.09%   20,000 
 FC Dallas  10,865   51.27%   12,896   18.69%   14   60.85%   21,193 
 NE Revolution  12,183   54.14%   12,527   2.83%   13   55.68%   22,500 
 San Jose  9,661   93.48%   12,128   25.54%   14   92.33%   13,136 
 Columbus Crew  14,597   71.36%   11,278   -22.74%   13   55.13%   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 Timbers continued its 100% sellout record on Wednesday. Seattle, well, it’s Seattle, 36,300+. Toronto saw 21,100+. Vancouver also had 20,000+. Sporting KC was over capacity at 20,000+. Chicago saw just over 15,200. A little over 14,100+ at the Home Depot Center for Chivas USA.


A short week as the games in Washington, Philadelphia and Harrison were postponed because of hurricane Irene.


Newcomer Scoring Watch: Mauro Rosales scored for Seattle. Rookie Bobby Warshaw scored the winner for FC Dallas. Omar Bravo got his 7th for SKC. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


Congratulations to Jeff Cunningham on becoming the all time leading goal scorer in MLS.



The Competition on the Field

  • This week’s matches, home team listed first
  • Conference Standings
  • Points per Game and Projected Final Point Totals
  • Games Remaining for Playoff Contenders

Week 24 Games
 
Portland 1 Dropping Timber 18,627
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – Official Blog
 
Seattle 6 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark 36,364
Columbus 2 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
 
Toronto 1 Waking the Red 21,117
San Jose 1 San Jose Center Line Soccer
 
Vancouver 1 86 Forever 20,226
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley
 
Sporting KC 2 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 20,018
FC Dallas 3 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Chicago 2 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton 15,211
Colorado 0 Burgundy Wave
 
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – Official Blog 14,127
Real Salt Lake 1 RSL Soapbox

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Columbus  26   11   7   8   31   30   1.19   1.15   1.54   40   1 
 Kansas City  26   9   9   8   38   34   1.46   1.31   1.38   36   4 
 Houston  27   8   11   8   34   33   1.26   1.22   1.30   35   1 
 Philadelphia  24   8   10   6   30   24   1.25   1.00   1.42   34   6 
 NY Red Bull  26   6   14   6   41   37   1.58   1.42   1.23   32   4 
 DC United  24   7   10   7   34   35   1.42   1.46   1.29   31   -1 
 Chicago  26   4   15   7   30   33   1.15   1.27   1.04   27   -3 
 Toronto FC  28   4   12   12   26   49   0.93   1.75   0.86   24   -23 
 New England  26   4   11   11   26   39   1.00   1.50   0.88   23   -13 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Los Angeles  26   14   9   3   37   20   1.42   0.77   1.96   51   17 
 Seattle  27   13   9   5   42   29   1.56   1.07   1.78   48   13 
 Dallas  27   13   7   7   36   29   1.33   1.07   1.70   46   7 
 Colorado  28   10   11   7   39   36   1.39   1.29   1.46   41   3 
 Real Salt Lake  24   11   6   7   33   20   1.38   0.83   1.63   39   13 
 Portland  26   9   5   12   33   41   1.27   1.58   1.23   32   -8 
 Chivas USA  27   7   10   10   32   30   1.19   1.11   1.15   31   2 
 San Jose  26   5   11   10   27   35   1.04   1.35   1.00   26   -8 
 Vancouver  26   4   9   13   27   42   1.04   1.62   0.81   21   -15 


Top 3 conference finishers and 4 next best qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.


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

Points per Game Projected Final Points
   GP   PPG 
 Los Angeles  26   1.96   Los Angeles  67 
 Seattle  27   1.78   Seattle  61 
 Dallas  27   1.70   Dallas  55 
 Colorado  28   1.46   Columbus  52 
 Columbus  26   1.54   Colorado  52 
 Real Salt Lake  24   1.63   Kansas City  51 
 Kansas City  26   1.38   Real Salt Lake  51 
 Houston  27   1.30   Philadelphia  48 
 Philadelphia  24   1.42   Houston  44 
 NY Red Bull  26   1.23   DC United  44 
 Portland  26   1.23   NY Red Bull  43 
 Chivas USA  27   1.15   Chivas USA  41 
 DC United  24   1.29   Portland  40 
 Chicago  26   1.04   San Jose  33 
 San Jose  26   1.00   Chicago  33 
 Toronto FC  28   0.86   New England  30 
 New England  26   0.88   Toronto FC  30 
 Vancouver  26   0.81   Vancouver  26 
Projected Points Based on Current Home and Away PPG Averages

Playoff Contenders
  Points G/R
  Tot H A H/A
 Houston  35   27   8   3/4
 Philadelphia  34   21   13   5/5
 NY Red Bull  32   20   12   5/3
 Portland  32   26   6   3/5
 Chivas USA  31   16   15   4/3
 DC United  31   15   16   5/5
G/R = Games Remaining
RBNY has fewest games remaining





Streaking

  • Three teams are winless on the road.
  • The Galaxy(14 games) have not lost at home this season.
  • San Jose is winless in 13 games.
  • RBNY and Philadelphia are winless in 7 games.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There have been 88 draws compared to 57 in ’10 thru the first 235 matches.
  • There have been 133 clean sheets in the first 235 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • Through 235 games: goal scoring is up around 4.6% from 2010, 2.54 vs 2.43.
  • 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.


Semifinals

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


CONCACAF Champions League

  • Aug 23 — Seattle 1-0 Monterrey in Mexico
  • Aug 23 — Colorado 1-1 Real España in Honduras
  • Aug 23 — Los Angeles 2-0 Alajuelense of Costa Rica
  • Aug 18 — Toronto 0-1 Dallas in Toronto


    Group phase matchday 3…

  • Sep 13 — Los Angeles travels to Morelia of Mexico
  • Sep 13 — Colorado hosts Santos Laguna of Mexico
  • Sep 14 — Dallas hosts Tauro of Panama
  • Sep 14 — Toronto travels to Pumas UNAM of Mexico
  • Sep 14 — Seattle travels to Herediano of Costa Rica




    Fixture Congestion for MLS Clubs in CCL

    Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams
      SEA FCD COL LA TFC
     8/2/11         CCL
     8/3/11 CCL CCL   MLS  
     8/5/11     MLS    
     8/6/11 MLS MLS   MLS MLS
     8/7/11          
     8/13/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/16/11 CCL     CCL  
     8/17/11   CCL CCL    
     8/18/11         CCL
     8/20/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS  
     8/23/11 CCL   CCL    
     8/24/11   CCL     CCL
     8/25/11       CCL  
     8/27/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/28/11          
     8/30/11 USOC USOC      
     9/3/11          
     9/5/11       MLS  
     9/9/11     MLS MLS  
     9/10/11 MLS MLS     MLS
     9/13/11     CCL CCL  
     9/14/11 CCL CCL     CCL
     9/17/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/20/11 CCL       CCL
     9/21/11   CCL CCL CCL  
     9/24/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/27/11 CCL       CCL
     9/28/11   CCL CCL CCL  
               
     Days 58 58 58 58 58
     Games 14 14 12 12 12
     Days per Game 4.1 4.1 4.8 4.8 4.8
    CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – USOC=US Open Cup



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    Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 23

    The Week 23 numbers look like this…

      Week 23 228 GP YTD
      Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
     2007*  16,325     7   16,767     15,961     151 
     2008**  17,989   10.19%   7   16,460   -1.83%   16,484   3.28%   154 
     2009***  16,899   -6.06%   9   16,037   -2.57%   15,826   -3.99%   164 
     2010   14,748   -12.73%   8   16,616   3.61%   17,222   8.82%   182 
     2011   16,045   8.79%   12   17,325   4.26%   17,325   0.60%   228 
    *’07 195 Game Season – **’08 210 Game Season – ***’09 225 Game Season

    YTD – 228 Games
      Average Median %<10K %>20k
     2007    16,767     15,353    8.21%   29.74% 
     2008    16,460     15,188    10.95%   24.76% 
     2009    16,037     14,686    14.67%   20.44% 
     2010    16,616     15,115    7.46%   21.93% 
     2011    17,325     16,775    7.02%   23.68% 


    Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

    MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
      2010 2011  
      Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
     Seattle  36,174   101.90%   37,119   2.61%   12   104.56%   35,500 
     LA Galaxy  20,735   76.80%   23,051   11.17%   13   85.37%   27,000 
     Vancouver NA NA  20,580  NA  11   98.00%   21,000 
     Toronto  20,665   94.03%   20,105   -2.71%   13   91.48%   21,978 
     N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,927   71.17%   18,796   4.85%   12   74.62%   25,189 
     Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  13   100.00%   18,627 
     Philadelphia 19,609  90.16%   18,308   -6.64%   12   98.96%   18,500 
     KC Wizards  10,109   97.34%   17,356   71.69%   11   93.98%   18,467 
     Real Salt Lake  16,759   86.65%   16,873   0.68%   13   87.24%   19,340 
     Houston  16,833   74.81%   16,793   -0.23%   14   74.64%   22,500 
     D.C. United  14,271   63.43%   15,024   5.27%   12   66.77%   22,500 
     Colorado Rapids  13,014   71.96%   14,584   12.06%   14   80.64%   18,086 
     ChivasUSA  13,925   51.57%   14,425   3.59%   12   53.43%   27,000 
     Chicago  15,901   79.50%   13,919   -12.46%   12   69.59%   20,000 
     FC Dallas  10,865   51.27%   12,896   18.69%   14   60.85%   21,193 
     NE Revolution  12,183   54.14%   12,527   2.83%   13   55.68%   22,500 
     San Jose  9,661   93.48%   12,128   25.54%   14   92.33%   13,136 
     Columbus Crew  14,597   71.36%   11,278   -22.74%   13   55.13%   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


    Nothing out of the ordinary for the Revs Wednesday game, 10,900+. Better at LiveStrong Park for SKC, 15,200+. Chicago had 15,800+ for its Thursday match, well above its season to date average. The Revs followed up their drab midweek gate with their 2nd highest of the season for RBNY. Their highest was for LA. Star power counts. The Crew had their normal nondescript 13,800+. Houston with a fairly typical 16,200+. The Rapids in the same neighborhood with 16,800+. Dallas had its usual depressing 11,600+.Saturday night ended with two sellouts. Portland continued its 100% home attendance record, while Robbie Keane’s first match filled the Home Depot Center. A disappointing 12,000+ in Chicago for a Sunday match. The weekend ended with 15,300+ going to LiveStrong Park.


    Newcomer Scoring Watch: A big week for newcomers. Seb Grazzini scored for Chicago. Milton Caraglio got a brace for the Revs. Veljko Paunovic scored for the Union. Home Grown Alex Dixon netted the game winner for Houston. Laurent Courtois opened his account for Chivas USA. Mauro Rosales got Seattle’s game winner. Caleb Folan got his 6th for the Rapids. Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza scored for Portland, while Camilio Sanvezzi tallied for Vancouver. And Robbie Keane got his 1st MLS goal for the Galaxy. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


    Well, somebody spiked the transfer market pool. Grazzini, Paunovic, Courtois and Robbie Keane, all midseason roster additions, tallied for their clubs this week. And as you can see from the previous paragraph, off season additions are settling in to MLS.



    The Competition on the Field

    • This week’s matches, home team listed first
    • Conference Standings
    • Points per Game and Projected Final Point Totals
    • Games Remaining for Playoff Contenders

    Week 23 Games
     
    New England 1 Revolution Soccer 10,963
    Houston 1 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley
     
    Sporting KC 3 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 15,271
    Portland 1 Dropping Timber
     
    Chicago 1 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton 15,818
    DC United 1 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
     
    New England 2 Revolution Soccer 18,882
    RBNY 2 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest
     
    Columbus 2 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden 13,869
    Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler
     
    Houston 3 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley 16,247
    Real Salt Lake 2 RSL Soapbox
     
    FC Dallas 0 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 11,635
    Seattle 1 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark
     
    Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave 16,852
    Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA – Official Blog
     
    Portland 2 Dropping Timber 18,627
    Vancouver 1 86 Forever
     
    Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog 27,000
    San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
     
    Chicago 2 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton 12,020
    Toronto 0 Waking the Red
     
    Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 15,352
    DC United 0 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider

    East
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Columbus  25   11   7   7   29   24   1.16   0.96   1.60   40   5 
     Kansas City  25   9   9   7   36   31   1.44   1.24   1.44   36   5 
     Houston  26   8   11   7   34   32   1.31   1.23   1.35   35   2 
     Philadelphia  24   8   10   6   30   24   1.25   1.00   1.42   34   6 
     NY Red Bull  26   6   14   6   41   37   1.58   1.42   1.23   32   4 
     DC United  24   7   10   7   34   35   1.42   1.46   1.29   31   -1 
     Chicago  25   3   15   7   28   33   1.12   1.32   0.96   24   -5 
     New England  26   4   11   11   26   39   1.00   1.50   0.88   23   -13 
     Toronto FC  27   4   11   12   25   48   0.93   1.78   0.85   23   -23 
    West
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Los Angeles  26   14   9   3   37   20   1.42   0.77   1.96   51   17 
     Seattle  26   12   9   5   36   27   1.38   1.04   1.73   45   9 
     Dallas  26   12   7   7   33   27   1.27   1.04   1.65   43   6 
     Colorado  27   10   11   6   39   34   1.44   1.26   1.52   41   5 
     Real Salt Lake  23   10   6   7   32   20   1.39   0.87   1.57   36   12 
     Chivas USA  25   7   10   8   32   28   1.28   1.12   1.24   31   4 
     Portland  25   8   5   12   32   41   1.28   1.64   1.16   29   -9 
     San Jose  25   5   10   10   26   34   1.04   1.36   1.00   25   -8 
     Vancouver  25   3   9   13   26   42   1.04   1.68   0.72   18   -16 


    Top 3 conference finishers and 4 next best qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.


    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

    Points per Game Projected Final Points
       GP   PPG 
     Los Angeles  26   1.96   Los Angeles  67 
     Seattle  26   1.73   Seattle  59 
     Dallas  26   1.65   Dallas  55 
     Colorado  27   1.52   Columbus  54 
     Columbus  25   1.60   Colorado  52 
     Real Salt Lake  23   1.57   Real Salt Lake  51 
     Kansas City  25   1.44   Kansas City  49 
     Houston  26   1.35   Philadelphia  48 
     Philadelphia  24   1.42   DC United  46 
     NY Red Bull  26   1.23   Houston  44 
     Chivas USA  25   1.24   NY Red Bull  43 
     DC United  24   1.29   Chivas USA  42 
     Portland  25   1.16   Portland  39 
     San Jose  25   1.00   San Jose  33 
     Chicago  25   0.96   New England  30 
     New England  26   0.88   Toronto FC  30 
     Toronto FC  27   0.85   Chicago  30 
     Vancouver  25   0.72   Vancouver  26 
    Projected Points Based on Current Home and Away PPG Averages

    Playoff Contenders
      Points G/R
      Tot H A H/A
     Philadelphia  34   21   13   5/5
     NY Red Bull  32   20   12   5/3
     Chivas USA  31   16   15   5/4
     DC United  31   15   16   5/5
     Portland  29   23   6   4/5
     San Jose  25   16   9   3/6
    G/R = Games Remaining
    RBNY has fewest games remaining





    Streaking

    • Three teams are winless on the road.
    • The Galaxy(14 games) have not lost at home this season.
    • San Jose is winless in 12 games.
    • RBNY and Philadelphia are winless in 7 games.


    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 87 draws compared to 57 in ’10 thru the first 228 matches.
    • There have been 129 clean sheets in the first 228 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 228 games: goal scoring is up around 4.7% from 2010, 2.53 vs 2.41.
    • 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.


    Semifinals

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


    CONCACAF Champions League


    A banner week for MLS in the CCL. Victories by all five teams.

  • Aug 16 — Los Angeles 2-0 Motagua of Honduras
  • Aug 16 — Seattle 4-1 Comunicaciones of Guatemala
  • Aug 17 — Colorado 3-2 Isidro Metapán of El Salvador
  • Aug 17 — Dallas 1-0 Pumas UNAM of Mexico in Mexico
  • Aug 18 — Toronto 2-1 Tauro of Panama in Panama


    This week’s second group phase matches…

  • Aug 23 — Seattle travels to Monterrey of Mexico
  • Aug 23 — Colorado travels to Real España of Honduras
  • Aug 24 — Toronto hosts Dallas
  • Aug 25 — Los Angeles hosts Alajuelense of Costa Rica



    Fixture Congestion for MLS Clubs in CCL

    Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams
      SEA FCD COL LA TFC
     8/2/11         CCL
     8/3/11 CCL CCL   MLS  
     8/5/11     MLS    
     8/6/11 MLS MLS   MLS MLS
     8/7/11          
     8/13/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/16/11 CCL     CCL  
     8/17/11   CCL CCL    
     8/18/11         CCL
     8/20/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS  
     8/23/11 CCL   CCL    
     8/24/11   CCL     CCL
     8/25/11       CCL  
     8/27/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/28/11       MLS  
     8/30/11 USOC USOC      
     9/3/11          
     9/5/11       MLS  
     9/9/11     MLS MLS  
     9/10/11 MLS MLS     MLS
     9/13/11     CCL CCL  
     9/14/11 CCL CCL     CCL
     9/17/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/20/11 CCL       CCL
     9/21/11   CCL CCL CCL  
     9/24/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/27/11 CCL       CCL
     9/28/11   CCL CCL CCL  
               
     Days 58 58 58 58 58
     Games 14 14 12 13 12
     Days per Game 4.1 4.1 4.8 4.5 4.8
    CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – USOC=US Open Cup


    LA and Colorado were home for their 1st group stage match and won and drew respectively at home in league play this weekend. Seattle was also home for their CCL match and travelled to Dallas, who were away for their CCL match. Seattle came away with the win. Toronto was also away in CCL play and lost on the road in league play.



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    Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 22

    The Week 22 numbers look like this…

      Week 22 216 GP YTD
      Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
     2007*  16,209     6   16,767     15,943     144 
     2008**  15,294   -5.64%   9   16,460   -1.83%   16,412   2.94%   147 
     2009   16,236   6.16%   6   15,831   -3.82%   15,764   -3.95%   155 
     2010   19,215   18.35%   8   16,573   4.68%   17,336   9.97%   174 
     2011   18,972   -1.26%   8   17,396   4.96%   17,396   0.35%   216 
    *2007 195 Game Season – **2008 210 Game Season

    YTD – 216 Games
      Average Median %<10K %>20k
     2007    16,767     15,353    8.21%   29.74% 
     2008    16,460     15,188    10.95%   24.76% 
     2009    15,831     14,573    15.28%   19.44% 
     2010    16,573     15,089    7.87%   22.22% 
     2011    17,396     17,050    7.41%   24.54% 


    Here are the attendance comparisons to 2010:

    MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
      2010 2011  
      Att Cap % Att Att +/- GP Cap % Cap
     Seattle  36,174   101.90%   37,119   2.61%   12   104.56%   35,500 
     LA Galaxy  20,213   74.86%   22,722   12.41%   12   84.16%   27,000 
     Vancouver NA NA  20,580  NA  11   98.00%   21,000 
     Toronto  20,665   94.03%   20,105   -2.71%   13   91.48%   21,978 
     N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,927   71.17%   18,796   4.85%   12   74.62%   25,189 
     Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  12   100.00%   18,627 
     Philadelphia 19,609  90.16%   18,308   -6.64%   12   98.96%   18,500 
     KC Wizards  10,048   96.75%   17,811   77.25%   9   96.45%   18,467 
     Real Salt Lake  16,759   86.65%   16,873   0.68%   13   87.24%   19,340 
     Houston  16,860   74.93%   16,835   -0.15%   13   74.82%   22,500 
     D.C. United  14,271   63.43%   15,024   5.27%   12   66.77%   22,500 
     ChivasUSA  13,925   51.57%   14,425   3.59%   12   53.43%   27,000 
     Colorado Rapids  12,825   70.91%   14,410   12.36%   13   79.67%   18,086 
     Chicago  16,044   80.22%   13,919   -13.25%   10   69.59%   20,000 
     FC Dallas  10,884   51.36%   12,993   19.38%   13   61.31%   21,193 
     San Jose  9,661   93.48%   12,128   25.54%   14   90.82%   13,354 
     NE Revolution  11,974   53.22%   12,092   0.98%   11   53.74%   22,500 
     Columbus Crew  14,384   70.32%   11,062   -23.10%   12   54.08%   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


    Seattle had its usual sellout for a Saturday afternoon affair. BMO was also filled up on Saturday. Columbus drew better than it has, but still barely average with 13,000+. DC United had a poor showing of 11,700+. RBNY had a sellout in Harrison, as did the Union in Philadelphia and the Quakes in San Jose. Houston had just under 14,500 for its Sunday evening match.


    Newcomer Scoring Watch: Benny Feilhaber got his 2nd for the Revs. Seb Grazzini got his first for Chicago. Caleb Folan netted for the Rapids. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


    Philadelphia is 3 points out of 1st place in the east and 4 points from being out of the playoffs. The Red Bulls are only 1 point ahead of two teams that have at least 2 games in hand over RBNY.



    The Competition on the Field

    • This week’s matches, home team listed first
    • Conference Standings
    • Points per Game and Projected Final Point Totals
    • Games Remaining for Playoff Contenders

    Week 22 Games
     
    Seattle 0 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark 36,364
    Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – Official Blog
     
    Toronto 1 TFC Connected 21,644
    Real Salt Lake 0 RSL Soapbox
     
    Columbus 3 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden 13,041
    New England 1 Revolution Soccer
     
    DC United 4 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider 11,738
    Vancouver 0 86 Forever
     
    RBNY 2 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest 25,177
    Chicago 2 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton
     
    Philadelphia 2 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler 18,811
    FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    San Jose 1 San Jose Center Line Soccer 10,525
    Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave
     
    Houston 2 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley 14,475
    Portland 1 Dropping Timber

    East
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Columbus  24   10   7   7   27   23   1.13   0.96   1.54   37   4 
     Philadelphia  23   8   10   5   29   22   1.26   0.96   1.48   34   7 
     NY Red Bull  25   6   13   6   39   35   1.56   1.40   1.24   31   4 
     Houston  24   7   10   7   30   29   1.25   1.21   1.29   31   1 
     Kansas City  23   7   9   7   32   30   1.39   1.30   1.30   30   2 
     DC United  22   7   9   6   33   33   1.50   1.50   1.36   30   0 
     Toronto FC  26   4   11   11   25   46   0.96   1.77   0.88   23   -21 
     New England  24   4   9   11   23   36   0.96   1.50   0.88   21   -13 
     Chicago  23   2   14   7   25   32   1.09   1.39   0.87   20   -7 
    West
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Los Angeles  25   13   9   3   35   20   1.40   0.80   1.92   48   15 
     Dallas  25   12   7   6   33   26   1.32   1.04   1.72   43   7 
     Seattle  25   11   9   5   35   27   1.40   1.08   1.68   42   8 
     Colorado  26   10   10   6   37   32   1.42   1.23   1.54   40   5 
     Real Salt Lake  22   10   6   6   30   17   1.36   0.77   1.64   36   13 
     Chivas USA  24   7   9   8   30   26   1.25   1.08   1.25   30   4 
     Portland  23   7   5   11   29   37   1.26   1.61   1.13   26   -8 
     San Jose  24   5   10   9   26   32   1.08   1.33   1.04   25   -6 
     Vancouver  24   3   9   12   25   40   1.04   1.67   0.75   18   -15 


    Top 3 conference finishers and 4 next best qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.


    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

    Points per Game Projected Final Points
       GP   PPG 
     Los Angeles  25   1.92   Los Angeles  66 
     Dallas  25   1.72   Dallas  58 
     Seattle  25   1.68   Seattle  57 
     Colorado  26   1.54   Columbus  52 
     Columbus  24   1.54   Colorado  52 
     Real Salt Lake  22   1.64   Real Salt Lake  52 
     Philadelphia  23   1.48   Philadelphia  50 
     NY Red Bull  25   1.24   Kansas City  47 
     Houston  24   1.29   DC United  47 
     Chivas USA  24   1.25   NY Red Bull  43 
     Kansas City  23   1.30   Chivas USA  43 
     DC United  22   1.36   Houston  42 
     Portland  23   1.13   Portland  38 
     San Jose  24   1.04   San Jose  35 
     Toronto FC  26   0.88   New England  31 
     New England  24   0.88   Toronto FC  30 
     Chicago  23   0.87   Chicago  30 
     Vancouver  24   0.75   Vancouver  27 
    Projected Points Based on Current Home and Away PPG Averages

    Playoff Contenders
      Points G/R
      Tot H A H/A
     NY Red Bull  31   20   11   5/4
     Houston  31   24   7   4/6
     Kansas City  30   16   14   8/3
     Chivas USA  30   16   14   5/5
     DC United  30   15   15   5/7
     Portland  26   20   6   5/6
     San Jose  25   16   9   3/7
    G/R = Games Remaining





    Streaking

    • Three teams are winless on the road.
    • The Galaxy(13 games) have not lost at home this season.
    • San Jose is winless in 11 games.
    • Chicago is winless in 9 games.


    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 83 draws compared to 53 in ’10 thru the first 216 matches.
    • There have been 125 clean sheets in the first 216 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 216 games: goal scoring is up around 4.0% from 2010, 2.51 vs 2.42.
    • 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.


    Semifinals

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


    CONCACAF Champions League


    In this week’s first group phase matches…

    • Aug 16 — Los Angeles hosts Motagua of Honduras
    • Aug 16 — Seattle hosts Comunicaciones of Guatemala
    • Aug 17 — Colorado hosts Isidro Metapán of El Salvador
    • Aug 17 — Dallas travels to Pumas UNAM of Mexico
    • Aug 18 — Toronto travels to Tauro of Panama



    Fixture Congestion for MLS Clubs in CCL

    Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams
      SEA FCD COL LA TFC
     8/2/11         CCL
     8/3/11 CCL CCL   MLS  
     8/5/11     MLS    
     8/6/11 MLS MLS   MLS MLS
     8/7/11          
     8/13/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/16/11 CCL     CCL  
     8/17/11   CCL CCL    
     8/18/11         CCL
     8/20/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS  
     8/23/11 CCL   CCL    
     8/24/11   CCL     CCL
     8/25/11       CCL  
     8/27/11 MLS MLS MLS   MLS
     8/28/11       MLS  
     8/30/11 USOC USOC      
     9/3/11          
     9/5/11       MLS  
     9/9/11     MLS MLS  
     9/10/11 MLS MLS     MLS
     9/13/11     CCL CCL  
     9/14/11 CCL CCL     CCL
     9/17/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/20/11 CCL       CCL
     9/21/11   CCL CCL CCL  
     9/24/11 MLS MLS MLS MLS MLS
     9/27/11 CCL       CCL
     9/28/11   CCL CCL CCL  
               
     Days 58 58 58 58 58
     Games 14 14 12 13 12
     Days per Game 4.1 4.1 4.8 4.5 4.8
    CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – USOC=US Open Cup



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    MLS PPG Standings and Final Projection

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    The MLS season has passed the 2/3′s mark which means it’s the beginning of crunch time for teams to make the final 10(ugh).

    Here is the current table, ordered by Points Per Game(PPG). Adjacent is my projection table for the balance of the season. It’s a simple table, with the projections based on remaining home and away matches multiplied by their respective current PPG averages. Note that PPG averages are reported here in the weekly ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ post.

    It should come as no surprise that the final playoff positions will most likely be decided in the final weekend. While I disagree with the expansion of the playoff pool from 8 to 10, it is the current reality. That will make for a certain level of drama to unfold as the season comes to its last few weeks.

    Points per Game Projected Final Points
     GP   PPG 
     Los Angeles  25  1.92  Los Angeles  66
     Dallas  24  1.75  Seattle  59
     Real Salt Lake  21  1.71  Dallas  58
     Seattle  24  1.71  Real Salt Lake  54
     Philadelphia  22  1.50  Columbus  51
     Columbus  23  1.48  Philadelphia  51
     Colorado  25  1.48  Colorado  50
     Kansas City  23  1.30  Kansas City  47
     DC United  21  1.29  DC United  44
     Chivas USA  23  1.26  NY Red Bull  44
     Portland  23  1.26  Chivas USA  43
     NY Red Bull  24  1.25  Houston  41
     Houston  23  1.22  Portland  39
     San Jose  23  1.09  San Jose  36
     New England  23  0.91  New England  31
     Chicago  22  0.86  Chicago  30
     Toronto FC  25  0.80  Toronto FC  28
     Vancouver  22  0.68  Vancouver  27
    Projected Points Based on Current Home and Away PPG Averages

    My biggest surprises to date have been the prolonged ineffectiveness of the Red Bulls, the resurgent Columbus Crew, and the inconsistency of Real Salt Lake.

    The Red Bulls can certainly point to the revolving door of international absences to a greater extent than other teams, but 1 win in 10, speaks to something deeper.

    The Columbus Crew’s rise to the top of the East, albeit only 5th overall, has taken most pundits by surprise and gained new respect for Robert Warzycha.

    RSL’s inconsistency may be the most baffling. While they suffered a big loss when Javi Morales went down, the same could be said of Dallas without David Ferreira, yet FCD is challenging for the Supporter’s Shield.
    Early on they had the highest PPG by a big margin, but with a smaller game set. The Lakers PPG has dropped, but they still hold 4 games in hand over LA, who now enters a period of fixture congestion with the beginning of the CONCACAF Champions League group phase.

    The Galaxy and the Crew are experiencing great success with minimal contributions from two of the league’s big names. J.P. Angel hasn’t come close to replacing Edson Buddle’s goals and Jeff Cunningham has managed only one goal with limited playing time.


    Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 21

    The Week 21 numbers look like this…

      Week 21 208 GP YTD
      Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
     2007*  17,381     9   16,767     15,931     138 
     2008   15,625   -10.11%   7   16,394   -2.22%   16,485   3.47%   138 
     2009   23,667   51.47%   6   15,856   -3.29%   15,745   -4.49%   149 
     2010   14,347   -39.38%   8   16,547   4.36%   17,245   9.53%   166 
     2011   15,937   11.08%   12   17,335   4.77%   17,335   0.52%   208 
    *2007 195 Game Season

    YTD – 208 Games
      Average Median %<10K %>20k
     2007    16,767     15,353    8.21%   29.74% 
     2008    16,394     15,078    11.06%   24.52% 
     2009    15,856     14,525    15.87%   19.71% 
     2010    16,547     14,935    8.17%   22.12% 
     2011    17,335     17,050    7.69%   24.04% 


    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  20,213   74.86%   22,722   12.41%   12   84.16%   27,000 
     Vancouver NA NA  20,580  NA  11   98.00%   21,000 
     Toronto  20,688   94.13%   19,977   -3.44%   12   90.90%   21,978 
     Portland NA NA  18,627  NA  12   100.00%   18,627 
     Philadelphia 19,894  90.24%   18,262   -8.20%   11   98.71%   18,500 
     N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,828   70.78%   18,216   2.18%   11   72.32%   25,189 
     KC Wizards  10,048   96.75%   17,811   77.25%   9   96.45%   18,467 
     Houston  16,895   75.09%   17,032   0.81%   12   75.70%   22,500 
     Real Salt Lake  16,759   86.65%   16,873   0.68%   13   87.24%   19,340 
     D.C. United  14,471   64.32%   15,323   5.88%   11   68.10%   22,500 
     ChivasUSA  13,925   51.57%   14,425   3.59%   12   53.43%   27,000 
     Colorado Rapids  12,825   70.91%   14,410   12.36%   13   79.67%   18,086 
     Chicago  16,044   80.22%   13,919   -13.25%   10   69.59%   20,000 
     FC Dallas  10,884   51.36%   12,993   19.38%   13   61.31%   21,193 
     San Jose  9,589   92.78%   12,251   27.77%   13   91.74%   13,354 
     NE Revolution  11,974   53.22%   12,092   0.98%   11   53.74%   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


    Sporting KC sold out Livestrong Park for its midweek match. Chicago only drew 10,500+ on the same night. Portland’s full house saw them end LA’s 14 game undefeated streak. The Rapids had an OK 14,500 crowd on Friday. DC had a subpar crowd of 11,600+. The Revs had roughly the same, 11,500+. The Union sold out for its match with Houston. Sporting KC had just under 18,000. Rio Tinto had over 19,000 for RBNY’s visit. LA had a disappointing 21,500+ for its clash against 2nd place Dallas. San Jose sold out. 18,700+ were at the Whitecaps match.


    The two double digit unbeaten streaks ended this week as both Los Angeles and Sporting KC tasted defeat. With one win in 10 matches, RBNY must be considered the biggest underachievers of the season.


    Newcomer Scoring Watch: Veljko Paunovic scored on a laser for the Union. Pavel Pardo scored his first MLS goal in his first game. Danny Koevermans scored for TFC. Home Grown Diego Fagundez tallied his first MLS goal for the Revs. Mauro Rosales scored for Seattle. Eric Hassli hit double figures with his brace on Sunday, while Camilio Sanvezzi hit for his 7th for Vancouver. Orr Barouch scored for the Fire. Feel free to express your newcomer observations in the comment section.


    Week 21 Games
     
    Sporting KC 2 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 18,467
    Real Salt Lake 0 RSL Soapbox
     
    Chicago 1 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton 10,557
    Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler
     
    Portland 3 Dropping Timber 18,627
    Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog
     
    Colorado 2 Burgundy Wave 14,503
    Columbus 0 Massive Report – Patrick Gulden
     
    DC United 3 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider 11,684
    Toronto 3 TFC Connected
     
    New England 2 Revolution Soccer 11,523
    Chivas USA 3 Chivas USA – Official Blog
     
    Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler 18,524
    Houston 1 Dynamo Theory – Zach Woosley
     
    Sporting KC 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road 17,493
    Seattle 2 Sounder at Heart – Dave Clark
     
    Real Salt Lake 3 RSL Soapbox 19,081
    RBNY 0 RBNY – The Viper’s Nest
     
    Los Angeles 3 LA – Official Blog 21,546
    FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
     
    San Jose 1 San Jose Center Line Soccer 10,525
    Portland 1 Dropping Timber
     
    Vancouver 4 86 Forever 18,714
    Chicago 2 Hot Time in Old Town – Thornton

    East
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Columbus  23   9   7   7   24   22   1.04   0.96   1.48   34   2 
     Philadelphia  22   8   9   5   27   20   1.23   0.91   1.50   33   7 
     NY Red Bull  24   6   12   6   37   33   1.54   1.38   1.25   30   4 
     Kansas City  23   7   9   7   32   30   1.39   1.30   1.30   30   2 
     Houston  23   6   10   7   28   28   1.22   1.22   1.22   28   0 
     DC United  21   6   9   6   29   33   1.38   1.57   1.29   27   -4 
     New England  23   4   9   10   22   33   0.96   1.43   0.91   21   -11 
     Toronto FC  25   3   11   11   24   46   0.96   1.84   0.80   20   -22 
     Chicago  22   2   13   7   23   30   1.05   1.36   0.86   19   -7 
    West
       GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
     Los Angeles  25   13   9   3   35   20   1.40   0.80   1.92   48   15 
     Dallas  24   12   6   6   31   24   1.29   1.00   1.75   42   7 
     Seattle  24   11   8   5   35   27   1.46   1.13   1.71   41   8 
     Colorado  25   9   10   6   35   31   1.40   1.24   1.48   37   4 
     Real Salt Lake  21   10   6   5   30   16   1.43   0.76   1.71   36   14 
     Chivas USA  23   7   8   8   30   26   1.30   1.13   1.26   29   4 
     Portland  22   7   5   10   28   35   1.27   1.59   1.18   26   -7 
     San Jose  23   5   10   8   25   30   1.09   1.30   1.09   25   -5 
     Vancouver  23   3   9   11   25   36   1.09   1.57   0.78   18   -11 


    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(13 games) have not lost at home this season.
    • San Jose is winless in 10 games.
    • Chicago is winless in 8 games.


    MLS Throw Ins

    • There have been 80 draws compared to 52 in ’10 thru the first 208 matches.
    • There have been 121 clean sheets in the first 208 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
    • Through 208 games: goal scoring is up around 2.4% from 2010, 2.50 vs 2.44.
    • 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.


    Semifinals

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


    CONCACAF Champions League


    Toronto followed up Dallas’ away win with a win of their own in Nicaragua against Real Estelí to advance to the group phase of the tourney. Dallas duplicated its 1-0 away victory with a win at home by the same score to advance.
    The group phase begins play on August 16.


    2nd leg schedule for MLS teams

    • Aug 2 — Toronto over Real Estelí(Nicaragua) – TFC 4-2(agg)
    • Aug 3 — Dallas over Alianza(El Salvador) – FCD 2-0(agg)
    • Aug 3 — Seattle over San Francisco(Panama) – SEA 2-1(agg)