Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 1

The MLS cup is up for grabs

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 Salt Lake Kansas City
2009 19,985 90.77% New England Seattle Salt Lake Chivas USA
2010 17,230 -13.78% Colorado Seattle San Jose Dallas


No big surprise that Seattle packed in over 35,000 for their playoff match. But Colorado and Dallas drew under 12,000 at their home playoff legs. San Jose sold out Buck Shaw.

Colorado and Dallas

The Rapids have played 12 home playoff matches. Average attendance: 9,968. Games with under 10,000 in attendance: 7.

Dallas has played 13 home playoff matches. Average attendance: 10,413. Games with under 10,000 in attendance: 6.

Playoff Games – 1st Leg
Colorado 1 Undercurrent 11,872
Columbus 0 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick 11,005
Real Salt Lake 1 RSL – Behind the Shield
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer 10,525
RBNY 1 Red Bulls Reader
Seattle 0 Seattle Times 35,521
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog

MLS Throw Ins

  • The 8 teams allowing the fewest goals are in the playoffs.
  • New England allowed the most goals this season(50), the same as San Jose’s top number in ’09.
  • Toronto took the fewest shots. Kansas City took the most.
  • RBNY and Houston were offsides the most.
  • RBNY committed the most fouls.
  • Seattle suffered the most fouls.
  • 24.2% of the games ended in a draw compared to 30.7% in 2009.
  • RBNY rookie Tim Ream and Colorado’s Drew Moor played every minute of every game(2,700). David Ferreira played 2,699 minutes.
  • Columbus scored the most goals in the final 15 mintues(15). The fewest(5) scored was by DC United, Houston and the Revs.
  • DC United allowed the most goals in the final 15 mintues(17). Los Angeles allowed the fewest(4).

For a lot more stats, visit MLSSoccer’s stat page.

And …

The US Women are competing in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tourney.

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