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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 8


The Week 8 numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
  Week 8 71 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2010  14,459   7  16,398     16,081     64 
 2011  14,680  1.53%  10  17,257   5.24%   17,239   7.20%   74 
 2012  15,799  7.62%  10  18,404   6.65%   18,368   6.55%   73 
 2013  14,924  -5.54%  10  17,438   -5.25%   17,329   -5.66%   68 
 2014  18,409  23.36%  9  18,098   3.78%   18,098   4.44%   71 
2010 240 Game Season
2011 306 Game Season – 2012-14 323 Game Season

YTD – 71 Games
Average Median %<10K %>18k
 2010    16,398     13,667    14.08%   33.80% 
 2011    17,257     18,052    8.45%   50.70% 
 2012    18,404     18,075    1.41%   52.11% 
 2013    17,438     17,182    7.04%   47.89% 
 2014    18,098     18,015    5.63%   52.11% 


Here are the home attendance comparisons to 2013:


MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
2013 2014
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  39,088   44,594   38,683   -1.04%   4   100.48%   38,500 
 LA Galaxy  19,621   27,000   23,241   18.45%   2   86.08%   27,000 
 Toronto  22,173   21,978   22,591   1.89%   2   111.06%   20,341 
 Montréal  25,128   32,005   22,417   -10.79%   4   44.76%   50,085 
 Vancouver  19,731   21,000   21,000   6.43%   4   100.00%   21,000 
 Houston  18,201   22,039   20,831   14.45%   4   94.52%   22,039 
 Portland  20,674   20,438   20,779   0.51%   4   100.51%   20,674 
 Salt Lake  18,321   20,008   19,876   8.49%   4   98.33%   20,213 
 Sporting KC  19,413   18,467   19,736   1.66%   4   106.87%   18,467 
 Philadelphia  17,344   18,500   17,415   0.41%   4   94.13%   18,500 
 FC Dallas  15,937   21,193   16,819   5.54%   5   82.04%   20,500 
 Red Bulls  17,053   25,189   15,953   -6.45%   4   63.33%   25,189 
 Chicago  11,841   20,000   14,890   25.75%   3   74.45%   20,000 
 Columbus  13,233   20,455   14,756   11.51%   4   73.25%   20,145 
 NE Revs  13,627   22,500   14,056   3.15%   3   62.47%   22,500 
 Colorado  14,041   18,086   13,215   -5.88%   3   75.84%   17,424 
 D.C. United  13,718   19,647   11,469   -16.39%   5   58.38%   19,647 
 San Jose  10,525   15,313   10,525   0.00%   4   100.00%   10,525 
 ChivasUSA  7,624   18,800   9,378   23.01%   4   49.88%   18,800 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations


For my 2013 calculations, I took the 1 remaining team playing in a football stadium, New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacity to 22,500. DCU in RFK set a max at 19,647. 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. 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

  • 14 of the 71 regular season matches have been won by the visiting team.
  • Best goals per game? FC Dallas and Seattle.
  • Best goals against per game? Los Angeles.
  • San Jose has the lowest shots on goal percentage.
  • Montéal has the lowest ratio of goals to shots(6.00%).
  • Salt Lake the best aggregate ranking of Goal Scored per game(3rd) and Goals Allowed per game(3rd).


Newcomer Goal Scorers


Bradley Wright-Phillips scored for RBNY. Nicolás Mezquida and Sebastian Fernandez scored for Vancouver. Yannick Djaló tallied for San Jose. Gastón Fernández netted for Portland. Feel free to add your newcomer observations in the comment section.


You would have never thought it but…

  • DC United has the most points over a 5 game period.
  • After 8 games, 2013 West Conference champion Portland are winless.



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 8 Games
 
RBNY 4 Empire of Soccer 13,278 11-7-4
Houston 0 Dynamo Theory
 
Seattle 4 Sounder at Heart 38,582 6-1-0
Colorado 1 Burgundy Wave
 
Montréal 1 Mount Royal Soccer 19,075 4-0-0
Philadelphia 0 Brotherly Game
 
DC United 4 Black and Red United 11,172 9-5-5
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree
 
Columbus 1 Massive Report 18,026 15-4-11
RBNY 1 Empire of Soccer
 
New England 2 Bent Musket 14,806 8-6-11
Sporting KC 0 Daily Wiz
 
Real Salt Lake 2 RSL Soapbox 19,661 3-2-0
Vancouver 2 86 Forever
 
San Jose 1 Center Line Soccer 10,525 4-1-3
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA
For my money, Houston retains the franchise history from its time in San Jose.
Houston 1 Dynamo Theory 20,558 1-2-0
Portland 1 Dropping Timber

East
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Columbus  7   3   3   1   10   7   1.43   1.00   1.71   12   3 
 DC United  7   3   2   2   10   8   1.43   1.14   1.57   11   2 
 SKC  7   3   2   2   9   6   1.29   0.86   1.57   11   3 
 NE Revs  8   3   2   3   7   9   0.88   1.13   1.38   11   -2 
 RBNY  9   2   5   2   13   12   1.44   1.33   1.22   11   1 
 TFC  6   3   0   3   6   7   1.00   1.17   1.50   9   -1 
 Houston  8   2   2   4   8   13   1.00   1.63   1.00   8   -5 
 Phila  9   1   5   3   9   11   1.00   1.22   0.89   8   -2 
 Montréal  8   1   3   4   7   14   0.88   1.75   0.75   6   -7 
 Chicago  7   0   6   1   10   11   1.43   1.57   0.86   6   -1 

West
   GP   W   D   L   GF   GA   GFA   GAA   PPG   PTS   GD 
 Seattle  8   5   1   2   18   12   2.25   1.50   2.00   16   6 
 Dallas  8   5   1   2   18   14   2.25   1.75   2.00   16   4 
 Salt Lake  8   3   5   0   13   8   1.63   1.00   1.75   14   5 
 Colorado  7   3   2   2   9   9   1.29   1.29   1.57   11   0 
 Vancouver  8   2   4   2   12   10   1.50   1.25   1.25   10   2 
 LA Galaxy  5   2   2   1   7   4   1.40   0.80   1.60   8   3 
 C-USA  8   1   3   4   8   14   1.00   1.75   0.75   6   -6 
 San Jose  6   1   3   2   6   7   1.00   1.17   1.00   6   -1 
 Portland  8   0   5   3   9   13   1.13   1.63   0.63   5   -4 


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
Regular Season
2014
 DCU  11 
 SEA  10 
 SKC  10 
 NE  10 
 FCD  9 
 RSL  9 
 LA  8 
 RBNY  8 
 COL  7 
 CLB  6 
 MTL  6 
 TFC  6 
 CHI  5 
 SJ  5 
 VAN  5 
 PHL  3 
 PTL  3 
 HOU  2 
 CHV  2 




Streaking(going back to 2013)

  • Chicago are unbeaten in 10 regular season home matches.
  • Chicago are winless in 8 regular season matches.
  • Chicago are unbeaten in 6 regular season matches.
  • Chivas USA are winless in 7 regular season matches.
  • Chivas USA are winless in 19 regular season road matches.
  • DC United are winless in 20 regular season road matches.
  • Montéal are winless in 8 regular season road matches.
  • New England are unbeaten in 6 regular season home matches.
  • Philadelphia are winless in 7 regular season matches.
  • Philadelphia are winless in 7 regular season road matches.
  • Portland are unbeaten in 19 regular season home matches.
  • Portland are winless in 8 regular season matches.
  • RBNY are undefeated in 13 regular season home matches.
  • Salt Lake are undefeated in 12 regular season matches.
  • Salt Lake are undefeated in 6 regular season home matches.


MLS Throw Ins

  • There has been 28 draws in the 71 matches.
  • There has been 32 clean sheets in the 71 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
  • For 2014: goal scoring is up 17.4% from 2013, 2.66 vs 2.27 per game.



CONCACAF Champions League


The Red Bulls(Supporters’ Shield winner), Sporting KC(MLS Cup winner), Portland(Western Conference winner) and DC United(Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winner) will participate in the 2014-15 tourney.


Semifinals

  • Apr 1 — Alajuelense (CRC) 0-1 Toluca (MEX)
  • Apr 1 — Tijuana (MEX) 1-0 Cruz Azul (MEX)
  • Apr 8 — Toluca (MEX) 2-0 Alajuelense (CRC)
  • Apr 9 — Cruz Azul (MEX) 2-0 Tijuana (MEX)


Finals – Cruz Azul wins title on away goals

  • Apr 15 — Cruz Azul (MEX) 0-0 Toluca (MEX)
  • Apr 23 — Toluca (MEX) 1-1 Cruz Azul (MEX)



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