Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 20
The Week 20 numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|Week 20||154 GP||YTD|
|YTD – 154 Games|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2009:
|MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap %||Att||Att +/-||GP||Cap %||Cap|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||12,487||49.57%||17,425||39.54%||10||69.18%||25,189|
|Real Salt Lake||16,213||78.95%||16,755||3.35%||11||86.64%||19,340|
My disclaimer about the capacity calculations
For my calculations, I’ve taken the 3 teams playing in Amercan football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson and New England in Foxboro and assigned maximum capacities at 22,500. I took the 22,500 number from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use.
The week began in Philadelphia and New Jersey on Wednesday. The Union drew over 16,000 and RBNY pulled in over 19,000. The same two team had the early games on Saturday and again drew big crowds, over 17,700 in Philly and 25,000 at Red Bull Arena for the Galaxy. DC had a soft crowd of under 13,000 while New England had their usual poor turnout of just over 11,500. Salt Lake had just under 17,000 turn out for a match between the last 2 MLS Cup winners. I’m always disappointed when San Jose(and KC) don’t sell out in their small temporary homes. Only 8600+ saw the Quakes win. The weekend ended with Chivas USA drawing an ordinary sub 14,000.
Rookie Watch: Danny Mwanga scored for the Union in each of their games. Michael Stephens had a strong game for the Galaxy. Eric Alexander scored for Dallas.
Joel Lindpere, on my preseason ‘watch list'(bottom of post) scored for RBNY v TFC.
|Week 20 Games|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|Real Salt Lake||1||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|RBNY||1||Red Bulls Reader|
|Philadelphia||1||Philadelphia Union Talk|
|RBNY||0||Red Bulls Reader|
|Los Angeles||1||LA – Official Blog|
|DC United||1||DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider|
|FC Dallas||3||3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick|
|New England||1||Revolution Soccer|
|Houston||0||Soccer y Fútbol – Jose de Jesus Ortiz|
|Real Salt Lake||2||RSL – Behind the Shield|
|Columbus||0||Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra|
|San Jose||1||San Jose Center Line Soccer|
|Kansas City||0||Kansas City – Hillcrest Road|
|Chivas USA||0||Chicago Fire Confidential|
|Real Salt Lake||21||11||6||4||36||16||1.71||0.76||1.86||39||20|
|NY Red Bull||20||9||4||7||21||22||1.05||1.10||1.55||31||-1|
- RSL are unbeaten in their last 21 regular season home games.
- Houston are winless in their last 10 games.
- DC United are winless in their last 8 games.
- Dallas are unbeaten in their last 10 games.
- Dallas are also unbeaten in their last 9 road games.
- Colorado are unbeaten in their last 6 home games.
- Toronto are unbeaten in their last 17 regular season home games(7 in ’09).
MLS Throw Ins
- LA is the only club to have earned more than 50% of its points on the road.
- There have been 40 draws compared to 49 in ’09 thru the first 154 matches.
- There have been 95 clean sheets in the first 154 matches, counting scoreless draws as 2.
- Through 145 games: goal scoring is down around 9.0% from 2009, 2.37 vs 2.60.
- RSL has lost only twice in its last 40 home matches. They lost only once in ’08 and ’09, a feat matched by Houston.
The participants in the 2010 N.A. SuperLiga and their respective finishes in the last completed season are …
|N.A. SuperLiga Semifinals|
|New England(1)(5) v Puebla(1)(3)||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA||Wed, Aug 4|
|Houston(0) v Morelia(1)||Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX||Thu, Aug 5|
|SuperLiga after Semifinals|
|3 Doubleheaders in 2009 – 2 in 2010|
New England will attempt to win its 2nd SuperLiga title on Sept 1 at Gillette Stadium.
Four MLS clubs will play in the group phase of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. RSL and Columbus earned automatic berths as the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield winners. Toronto FC won the Canadien Nutrilite Championship and then won their preliminary contest vs Motagua of Honduras. Seattle won the L.H. U.S. Open Cup and also won their preliminary vs Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, while the Galaxy(MLS Cup runners-up) were unable to overcome their thrashing at home by giant killers Puerto Rico, representing the Caribbean Football Union. The group phase begins play on Aug 17.
Group play begins this week. The matches with MLS teams are(home team listed first) …
- Aug 17 – Toronto v Cruz Azul
- Aug 18 – Columbus v Municipal
- Aug 18 – Real Salt Lake v Arabe Unido
- Aug 19 – Marathón v Seattle
The winner will compete in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.
In the semifinals, Columbus will play DC United on Sept 1, 7:30 p.m. ET @ RFK Stadium, Wash, DC and Seattle will play ChivasUSA on Sept 1, 10 p.m. ET @ Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA.
You can decide if fixture congestion has had an effect so far. Of the clubs that participated in multiple non-league competitions, only Seattle and Toronto have not been bounced out yet. LA crashed out of the CCL and US Open Cup. Chicago and Houston lost in the N.A. SuperLiga and the US Open Cup. Chivas USA lost in SuperLiga but are in the US Open Cup semifinals. New England lost in the US Open Cup but are in the N.A. SuperLiga final. Columbus and RSL have the automatic berths in the group phase of the CCL, but RSL lost in the US Open Cup while Columbus are in the semifinals. It’s a matter for discussion as to whether Seattle had tougher go than Toronto vis-a-vis the Canadien Nutrilite Championship vs the US Open Cup being injected into their schedules.
TFC and Seattle have the longest stretches without a full week between games. Seattle and RSL have no league matches between their first two CCL games, which makes sense as they are the only two MLS teams that have played 21 games. Seattle however will have to remain very sharp as they have a slim lead over playoff contenders, all of whom have games in hand. Columbus, coming off a tough loss to RSL, have the toughest period coming up.
|Fixture Congestion for MLS Teams|
|CCL=CONCACAF Champions League – SL=N.A. SuperLiga – USOC=US Open Cup|