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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Finals

MLS Cup Final

Streaming the Goal

The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
  Avg +/- Teams
 2007   17,041     CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
 2008   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009   20,755   38.74%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   18,551   -10.62%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
 2011   20,776   11.99%   COL, HOU, LA, PHL, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SKC
Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2007   20,645   -3.21%  NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2008   17,348   -15.97%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2009   23,548   35.74%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
 2010   22,390   -4.92%  COL v SJ – LA v FCD
 2011   22,138   -1.12%  COL v SJ – LA v FCD
Finals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams Venue
 2007   39,859    NE v HOU RFK Stadium, Wash DC
 2008   27,000   -32.26%  RBNY v CLB Home Depot Center, LA, CA
 2009   46,011   70.41%  RSL v LA Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
 2010   21,700   -52.84%  COL v FCD BMO Field, Toronto, ONT, CA
 2011   30,281   39.54%  HOU v LA Home Depot Center, LA, CA
Playoff Totals  
  Avg +/-  
 2007   19,771     
 2008   16,488   -16.60%   
 2009   23,559   42.88%   
 2010   19,535   -17.08%   
 2011   19,891   1.82%   


Observations



Given the varied capacities of the venues, the percentage variations cannot be judged without taking them into account. I can say this about this year’s final; I was at MLS Cup 2008 at the Home Depot center and the season ticket holder section was fairly empty, despite all of the seats being ‘sold’. Not so this year, even with the foul weather almost every seat was filled. Kind of validates the league’s decision to hold next year’s cup at the home of the finalist with the higher regular season point total.


Final
Beckham to Keane to Donovan.
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog 30,281
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory


MLS – What’s next


On Mon Nov 21
Protected lists were released prior to Wednesday’s expansion draft


Wed Nov 23
Montreal selects 10 players from unprotected lists



MLS Throw Ins

Supporters Summit

Three announcements were made at the Supporters’ Summit event with league officials. The Commissioner confirmed the scuttlebutt that next year’s 34 game schedule will be unbalanced. Also, the playoff format and the site selection of MLS Cup Final will change.

Drew Epperly of WV Hooligan posted a good summary of the changes.

Supporters Summit


I was at the Supporters’ Summit when the changes were announced. Naturally they were met with the usual catcalls from several of the attendees, but that’s to be expected.


Cups Won
  Supporters Shield MLS Cup US Open CONCACAF
Cup/CL
SuperLiga* Total Years in MLS
 Chicago 1 1 4 0 0 6 14
 Chivas USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
 Colorado 0 1 0 0 0 1 16
 Columbus 3 1 1 0 0 5 16
 D.C. United 4 4 2 1 0 11 16
 FC Dallas 0 0 1 0 0 1 16
 Houston(SJ) 1 4 0 0 0 5 16
 Kansas City 1 1 1 0 0 3 16
 Los Angeles 4 3 2 1 0 10 16
 New England 0 0 1 0 1 2 16
 RBNY 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
 Portland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Real Salt Lake 0 1 0 0 0 1 7
 San Jose 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
 Seattle Sounders 0 0 3 0 0 3 3
 Toronto FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
 Vancouver 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Miami 1 0 0 0 0 1 4
 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 0 0 1 6


* NA Superliga was played from 2007-2010


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


They Qualified


2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League


  • Los Angeles – Supporters’ Shield Winner/MLS Cup Winner – Group Stage(see below)
  • Seattle – US Open Cup – Group Stage – This US Open Cup slot would normally have to qualify in the Preliminary Stage, but since the Galaxy won both the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup, Seattle goes to the Group Stage by virtue of having the highest point total of the other 3 qualifiers and Real Salt Lake goes to the Preliminary Stage
  • Houston – MLS Cup Loser – Preliminary Stage
  • Real Salt Lake – Next Best – Preliminary Stage


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