Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   12,736   NA  CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY
 2007   17,041   33.81%   CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY
 2008   14,960   -12.22%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY, RSL
 2009   20,755   38.74%   CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   18,551   -10.62%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
Semifinals Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   21,330   NA DCU v NE – HOU v COL
 2007   20,645   -3.21%  NE v CHI – HOU v KC
 2008   17,348   -15.97%  CLB v CHI – RSL v RBNY
 2009   23,548   35.74%  LA v HOU – CHI v RSL
 2010   22,390   -4.92%  LA v FCD – COL v SJ
Playoff Totals
  Avg +/- Teams
 2006   14,455   NA MLS Cup 2010
 Dallas v Colorado
 Sun, Nov 21, 8:30pm(ET)
 2007   17,762   22.88% 
 2008   14,437   -13.09% 
 2009   21,314   38.07% 
 2010   19,319   -9.36% 


People in Colorado finally turned out for the Rapids, even in the cold. More than 17,700. A full house at the Home Depot Center saw Dallas dismantle the Galaxy.

The final numbers won’t hold up to last year. 3 of the 5 lowest drawing clubs were in the playoffs this year and the final location, BMO field is a relatively small venue. Speaking of BMO, in addition to no ‘glamour’ teams in the final, the weather could be dicey. Don’t be surprised if the game is listed as a sellout, but with lots of empty seats come game day. That being said, I think the Dallas/Colorado final could make for an excellent match.

Colorado 1 Undercurrent 17,779
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
Los Angeles 0 LA – Official Blog 27,000
FC Dallas 3 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick

MLS Cup Final

Dallas v Colorado – Sun Nov 21 8:30pm ET – BMO Field, Toronto, ONT, CA
I’ve lived in Toronto. For those of you travelling to the Cup final, bring your woolies.

MLS Throw Ins

Domestic Cups
  Supporters Shield MLS Cup US Open SuperLiga Total Years in MLS
 Chicago 1 1 4 0 6 13
 Chivas USA 0 0 0 0 0 6
 Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 15
 Columbus 3 1 1 0 5 15
 D.C. United 4 4 2 0 10 15
 FC Dallas 0 0 1 0 1 15
 Houston(SJ) 1 4 0 0 5 15
 Kansas City 1 1 1 0 3 15
 Los Angeles 3 2 2 0 7 15
 New England 0 0 1 1 2 15
 RBNY 0 0 0 0 0 15
 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Real Salt Lake 0 1 0 0 1 6
 San Jose 0 0 0 0 0 3
 Seattle 0 0 2 0 2 2
 Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 4
 Miami 1 0 0 0 1 4
 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 0 1 6

As you can see, I am listing the ‘old San Jose’ accomplishments where they belong(IMO), with the Dynamo. I know the deal was that the Quakes would retain the ‘legacy’ of the original team, but I choose reality, i.e.; the franchise that won the cups resides in Houston.

They Qualified

2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League

  • Los Angeles – Supporters’ Shield – Group Stage
  • Colorado – MLS Cup Participant: Winner = Group Stage – Loser = Preliminary Stage
  • FCD – MLS Cup Participant: Winner = Group Stage – Loser = Preliminary Stage
  • Seattle – US Open Cup – Preliminary Stage

2011 NA SuperLiga – If the tourney is held. You just never know.

  • Real Salt Lake
  • RBNY
  • Columbus
  • San Jose

And …

  • After suffering what some are calling the biggest upset in women’s soccer history, the US Women still have a chance to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. They defeated Costa Rica and now must win a home and home vs Italy to earn a spot in the big dance.

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6 Responses to Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

  1. Charles says:

    I don’t get why you post Super Liga, I don’t even know what that is,
    but not CCL ?

  2. Charles says:

    I think you are being way to kind to Toronto fans.
    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think Toronto fans were “forced” to buy the MLS Cup game as part of their package, they were upset about it and now are not going to show. Thus there will be empty seats.

    IF, IF there are empty seats, and I am not wrong in what I heard….then screw Toronto, MLS should never hold the MLS Cup there ever again.
    I am dying to go to that game this weekend, hold it here and I guarentee I will be there.

    A plus being we won’t have to worry about the bad weather, the excuse you use for them.

  3. Peter C says:


    I just listed the domestic cups, and SuperLiga since it is an invention of SUM, in which every MLS franchise investor holds an interest.
    BTW, the SuperLiga pits the 4 top finishing MLS teams not in the CCL vs 4 Mexican clubs. Really just a money maker(Mexican TV), for SUM, but I think it’s good exposure to international club competition for our middling teams. And it has the biggest cash prize that an MLS team plays for, unless they were to win CCL and go to the FIFA Club World Cup.

    As for the CCL, in the two MLS victories, DCU in ’98 and LA in ’00, both teams went directly to the quarterfinals, unlike the current(better) tourney format.

    RE: Toronto and the Cup, I believe you are correct about the TFC ticket package and the no-show ‘protest’. But I wasn’t saying that the weather would keep the crowd down, and certainly if TFC were in the match, the house would be packed. Torontonians are used to cold weather.
    However, the expense for Colorado and Dallas fans is an issue, and the lack of the ‘marquee’ teams will keep the number of neutrals down.

    I keep bouncing back and forth between a rotating or permanent neutral site for the Cup final. Home field for the higher seed just doesn’t allow enough time to market and sell tickets.

    I was fortunate to attend the ’08 final at the HDC and would attend again when if it’s held there in the future. A great experience, even as a neutral.

    • Charles says:

      Sorry just read this.

      Ditto for Seattle last year. The chance to see a final in a major sport in the US is once in a lifetime.
      I think that Home field would allow enough time to market. People know when a team is good, they get press.

  4. Tom says:

    My vote is a permenant site- Las Vegas!

    This Rapids fan is not going to Toronto, too expensive.

  5. It would be boring, but if they held the final at the Home Depot Center ‘twould be a sellout every year.

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