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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 35


I’ll have some end of year observations coming out later this week, meanwhile …
The Week 35 and final regular season numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 35 YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- GP
 2009   NA    NA  16,037     225 
 2010   NA  NA  NA  16,675   3.98%   240 
 2011   NA  NA  NA  17,869   7.16%   306 
 2012   NA  NA  NA  18,798   5.20%   323 
 2013   21,734   NA  10   18,608   -1.01%   323 
2009 225 Game Season – 2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-13 323 Game Season

YTD – 323 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 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% 
 2013    18,608     18,371    5.56%   55.86% 


Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2012:


MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
2012 2013
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  43,104   44,594   44,038   2.17%   17   97.42%   45,206 
 LA Galaxy  23,136   27,000   22,152   -4.26%   17   82.04%   27,000 
 Portland  20,438   20,438   20,674   1.15%   17   100.00%   20,674 
 Montréal  22,772   32,005   20,603   -9.52%   17   82.39%   25,007 
 Vancouver  19,475   21,000   20,038   2.89%   17   95.42%   21,000 
 Houston  20,946   22,039   19,923   -4.89%   17   90.40%   22,039 
 Sporting KC  19,404   18,467   19,709   1.57%   17   106.73%   18,467 
 Red Bulls  18,281   25,189   19,461   6.45%   17   77.26%   25,189 
 Salt Lake  19,087   20,008   19,218   0.68%   17   95.08%   20,213 
 Toronto  18,155   21,978   18,131   -0.13%   17   82.76%   21,909 
 Philadelphia  18,053   18,500   17,867   -1.03%   17   96.58%   18,500 
 Columbus  14,397   20,455   16,080   11.69%   17   79.82%   20,145 
 Colorado  15,175   18,086   15,440   1.75%   17   88.61%   17,424 
 FC Dallas  14,139   21,193   15,373   8.73%   17   74.99%   20,500 
 Chicago  16,407   20,000   15,228   -7.18%   17   76.14%   20,000 
 NE Revs  14,001   22,500   14,844   6.02%   17   65.97%   22,500 
 D.C. United  13,846   19,647   13,646   -1.45%   17   69.45%   19,647 
 San Jose  13,293   15,313   12,765   -3.97%   17   94.79%   13,466 
 ChivasUSA  13,056   18,800   8,366   -35.92%   17   44.50%   18,800 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my 2012 calculations, I took the 2 teams playing in football stadiums, DCU in RFK and New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacities as follows, DCU-22,500 and New England-22,500. I took the 22,500 from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use. Capacities are adjusted for the few games that are played in larger venues.
Additional note: Over the years, several stadiums’ capacities have been reported with different numbers. For example, I used 20,455 for Columbus in 2012. If any of you have the accurate soccer capacity for stadiums that differ from mine, please let me know. Also, capacity at CenturyLink in Seattle is a moving target.


Observations

Salt Lake drew a strong 20,400+ midweek. Philadelphia was just under capacity. Toronto had a light 13,200+. San Jose sold out. Chivas USA drew over 10,000 for the 2nd time this season. DC United drew 13,700+. Columbus finished with a turnout of 17,500+. A sellout saw the Red Bulls capture their first trophy in franchise history. Vancouver sold out. Seattle drew over 66,200.

  • 77 of the 323 regular season matches have been won by the visiting team.
  • Best goals per game? Red Bulls.
  • Best goals against per game? Sporting KC.
  • Toronto has the fewest shots on goal.
  • DC United has the lowest ratio of goals to shots(5.50%).
  • DC United finished the season winless on the road.
  • Portland finished with the best aggregate ranking of Goal Scored per game(3rd) and Goals Allowed per game(2nd).

Newcomer Goal Scorers: Julio Morales scored for Chivas USA. Robert Earnshaw tallied for Toronto. Walter Martinez scored for San Jose. Diego Valeri scored a brace for Portland. Kyle Porter tallied for DC United. Ibrahim Sekagya scored for the Red Bulls. 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 35 Games
 
Real Salt Lake 2 RSL Soapbox 20,447 6-3-3
Chivas USA 1 Chivas USA
 
Philadelphia 1 Brotherly Game – Scott Kessler 18,462 1-2-2
Sporting KC 2 Daily Wiz
 
Toronto 1 Waking the Red 13,211 1-2-0
Montréal 0 Mount Royal Soccer
 
San Jose 2 Center Line Soccer 10,525 3-3-1
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree
 
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA 11,024 2-1-1
Portland 5 Dropping Timber
 
DC United 1 Black and Red United 13,731 11-1-9
Houston 2 Dynamo Theory
 
Columbus 0 Massive Report 17,505 16-6-8
New England 1 Bent Musket
 
RBNY 5 Red Bulls Reader 25,219 10-3-10
Chicago 2 Hot Time in Old Town
 
Vancouver 3 86 Forever 21,000 2-1-1
Colorado 0 Burgundy Wave
 
Seattle 1 Sounder at Heart 66,216 2-2-2
Los Angeles 1 LA Official Website

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 RBNY  34   17   8   9   58   41   1.71   1.21   1.74   59   17 
 Kansas City  34   17   7   10   47   30   1.38   0.88   1.71   58   17 
 NE Revs  34   14   9   11   49   38   1.44   1.12   1.50   51   11 
 Houston  34   14   9   11   41   41   1.21   1.21   1.50   51   0 
 Montréal  34   14   7   13   50   49   1.47   1.44   1.44   49   1 
 Chicago  34   14   7   13   47   52   1.38   1.53   1.44   49   -5 
 Philadelphia  34   12   10   12   42   44   1.24   1.29   1.35   46   -2 
 Columbus  34   12   5   17   42   46   1.24   1.35   1.21   41   -4 
 Toronto FC  34   6   11   17   30   47   0.88   1.38   0.85   29   -17 
 DC United  34   3   7   24   22   59   0.65   1.74   0.47   16   -37 
West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Portland  34   14   15   5   54   33   1.59   0.97   1.68   57   21 
 Salt Lake  34   16   8   10   57   41   1.68   1.21   1.65   56   16 
 Los Angeles  34   15   8   11   53   38   1.56   1.12   1.56   53   15 
 Seattle  34   15   7   12   42   42   1.24   1.24   1.53   52   0 
 Colorado  34   14   9   11   45   38   1.32   1.12   1.50   51   7 
 San Jose  34   14   9   11   35   42   1.03   1.24   1.50   51   -7 
 Vancouver  34   13   9   12   53   45   1.56   1.32   1.41   48   8 
 Dallas  34   11   11   12   48   52   1.41   1.53   1.29   44   -4 
 Chivas USA  34   6   8   20   30   67   0.88   1.97   0.76   26   -37 


Top 5 conference finishers qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.


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

Pts – Last 5 Matches
 SJ  13 
 RBNY  11 
 NE  11 
 PTL  11 
 CHI  10 
 SKC  10 
 LA  8 
 HOU  8 
 RSL  8 
 PHL  7 
 VAN  7 
 CLB  6 
 COL  6 
 TFC  6 
 FCD  4 
 MTL  3 
 SEA  1 
 DCU  1 
 CHV  0 




Streaking

  • Chicago are unbeaten in 7 regular season home matches.
  • Chivas USA are winless in 15 regular season road matches.
  • Chivas USA are winless in 6 regular season matches.
  • Colorado are undefeated in 9 regular season home matches.
  • DC United are winless in 18 regular season road matches.
  • DC United are winless in 12 regular season matches.
  • New England are undefeated in 6 regular season matches.
  • Portland are unbeaten in 15 regular season home matches.
  • Portland are unbeaten in 8 regular season matches.
  • RBNY are undefeated in 8 regular season matches.
  • RBNY are undefeated in 9 regular season home matches.
  • San Jose are undefeated in 16 regular season home matches.
  • San Jose are undefeated in 7 regular season matches.
  • Seattle are winless in 7 regular season matches.
  • Toronto are winless in 6 regular season road matches.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There were 82 draws in the 323 matches.
  • There were 179 clean sheets this season 323 matches, counting the 19 scoreless draws as 2.
  • For 2013: goal scoring was down 0.8% from 2012, 2.62 vs 2.64 per game.



CONCACAF Champions League


MLS clubs Los Angeles(MLS Cup winner) Sporting KC(Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winner) and the San Jose(Supporters’ Shield winner)advance to the quarterfinals in the 2013-14 tourney. The Red Bulls(Supporters’ Shield winner) and DC United(Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winner) will participate in the 2014-15 tourney.


Group Play with MLS Teams

  • Oct 23 — Sporting KC (USA) 0-0 Olimpia (HON)
  • Oct 23 — San Jose (USA) 1-0 Heredia (CRC)
  • Oct 24 — Arabe Unido (PAN) 1-0 Houston (USA)
  • Oct 24 — Metapan (SLV) 4-0 Los Angeles (USA)
    When play resumes, the quarterfinals will see Los Angeles (USA) play Tijuana (MEX), Alajuelense (CRC) play Arabe Unido (PAN), Sporting KC (USA) play Cruz Azul (MEX) and Toluca (MEX) play San Jose (USA) in home and home series.



3 Responses to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 35”

  • Revs Fan:

    Few interesting bits:

    Overall attendance was slightly lower. Does MLS has reached its mature point?
    Surprised that the double defending champ LA had less attendance. Can one say spoiled fan?
    Surprised by Toronto, Philadelphia and DC resilience given their season on the field. I would expect what happened in Chicago and San Jose.
    Finally, I think Chivas will not be on the MLS standing next year. A true embarrassment to the league.
    Finally my own Revs have the lower attendance of any playoff teams…. SAD, SAD, SAD …..

    • I think the league has reached a certain level of maturity. But there is room to move up in overall attendance.
      The ChivasUSA situation will not be permitted by the league to go on much longer. They were the reason the overall attendance was down.
      San Jose will be moving into their new stadium soon. No more 10,525 max numbers there.
      Perhaps the Gals slight decrease was the post Beckham effect. Just a thought.
      I was a bit surprised that Houston and Chicago didn’t maintain last year’s numbers.
      Torontonians probably expected that it couldn’t get worse and with new management hoped for better. Philly had a team that nearly made the playoffs and DC United was coming off a surprise season in ’12.
      As for the Revs, the usual stuff, right? Stadium location, lack of promotion, etc. Unless you tell me differently.

  • Revs Fan:

    I think that the League has two huge big issues right now (DC has a stadium on the works so they are not an issue anymore): Chivas USA and the Revolution situation.

    I think that MLS will relocate Chivas USA to Miami and give it to Beckham.

    Once this is done, the league will need to put pressure on the Revs ownership to get a soccer specific stadium done.

    They have upped the promotion although it is usually through young soccer club. They have not tapped on the young urban professional that other clubs have.

    The stadium is terrible. It is great for football but a joke for soccer. And for the first home playoff game since a long time, we will have to watch football line as UMass is playing there Saturday and the Pats on Sunday.

    Talk about putting your worst foot forward.

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