Archives: MLS Playoffs

How To Prevent an Upset by a Lower Seed

Posted on by Robert Hay

The story of the MLS playoffs coming into Sunday night was the futility of being a higher seed.  None of the higher seeds had advanced and the playoffs were seemingly wide-open for a new champion.  Then LA took the pitch … Continue reading

FC Dallas Solves Rio Tinto and Knocks Off Champs

Posted on by Robert Hay

Soccer fans in the U.S. have long debated whether playoffs should be part of the beautiful game.  Yesterday’s Real Salt Lake/FC Dallas match showed exactly why the MLS playoffs can be special, as the lower-seeded Dallas knocked off the defending … Continue reading

Which Team(s) Will Pull the Upset This Weekend?

Posted on by Robert Hay

With San Jose’s dramatic victory last night, they will await this weekend’s slate of matches to see who their next round opponent will be.  Their upset victory has set the stage for an interest weekend of matches where we could … Continue reading

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

Posted on by Robert Hay

I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 1

Posted on by Peter C

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg Avg +/- Home Teams 2006 9,533 NA Chicago NY Colorado Chivas USA 2007 14,245 49.42% Chicago NY Dallas Kansas City 2008 10,476 -26.46% New England NY … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29

Posted on by Peter C

The Week 29 numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   Week 29 Thru Week 29  YTD    Avg  +/-  GP  Avg  +/-  GP  2006   20,277     6   15,502     192   2007   20,575   1.47%   7   16,767   8.16%   195   2008  … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28

Posted on by Peter C

The Week 28 numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   Week 28 Thru Week 28  YTD    Avg  +/-  GP  Avg  +/-  GP  2006   19,097     6   15,348     186   2007   19,419   1.68%   6   16,636   8.39%   187   2008  … Continue reading

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

Posted on by Peter C

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)   Avg +/- Teams  2005   13,273   NA  CHI, COL, DAL, DCU, LA, NE, RBNY, SJ  2006   12,736   -4.05%   CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY  2007   17,041  … Continue reading

MLS Cup Final Preview Part Two: Coaching and Intangibles

Posted on by Robert Jonas

In the first part of our 2009 MLS Cup Final preview, the Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy players were assessed and compared, with a slight advantage being measured for the Galaxy. In this continuation of our analysis, attention … Continue reading