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Big crowds, few goals
by Mike Woitalla, May 19th, 2010 8:01PM

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TAGS:  chicago fire, chivas usa, colorado rapids, columbus crew, d.c. united, fc dallas, los angeles galaxy, mls, new england revolution, new york red bulls, philadelphia union, real salt lake, toronto fc

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Three of the seven Week 9 games drew announced attendance of more than 20,000. Seattle again disappointed its large loyal following with a 1-0 loss -- one of the week's four games that featured only one goal. Houston drew its biggest crowd of the season and downed D.C. United, 2-0.

Houston drew 24,471 fans, who saw 20-year-old Danny Cruz become the youngest player to score in club history. It was a doubleheader, with the U.S. U-17 national team playing the Dynamo Academy to a scoreless tie in the second game. The game was also a "casting call" for a Volkswagen commercial to be aired on Univision during the World Cup. Cameras panned the crowd for fans dressed in Dynamo gear and national team replica jerseys.

League attendance leader Seattle drew 35,953 and fell, 1-0, to San Jose, extending its home winless streak to three games, during which the Sounders have managed just one goal. After the previous home match, a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles, the club offered season-ticket holders a refund.

Toronto FC mustered a 1-0 win over New England to remain perfect at home at 4-0-0. (Toronto is winless on the road, losing four and tying one).

Week 10 games averaged 1.9 goals per game, dropping the season average to 2.44. The 2009 season finished at 2.54, the lowest in league history.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club

Week 9
Home Game

2010 Home
Average

2009 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago
 -- 14,937 14,688
Chivas USA
14,287 14,502 15,091
Colorado  --
10,484 12,330
Columbus
 -- 13,271 14,446
D.C. United
 --
14,954 16,088
FC Dallas
10,947 9,671 12,440
Houston
24,471 17,207 17,047
Kansas City
10,385 9,840 10,053
Los Angeles
-- 19,397 20,416
New England
-- 10,120 13,731
New York
11,940 16,740 12,490
Philadelphia
-- 29,954   --
Real Salt Lake
 -- 14,950 16,375
San Jose
 --
9,514 14,114
Seattle
35,953 36,113 30,942
Toronto FC
20,672 20,276
20,344
Leaguewide
18,379
16,398 16,037

 

35,953
20,672
18,379


0 comments
  1. John Sciore
    commented on: May 20, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.
    Seems to me that a more pertinent analysis is the year to date 2009 compared to 2010 YTD. It might be that attendance increases over the warmer summer months. MLS should also get a push, being a World Cup year.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 25, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
    Attendance seems to be problematic in established markets...scoring, as usual shows the inefficient play in the MLS; again, so far, every club except the Galaxy has a less than 2.0 gpg avg...Galaxy has a 2.0 gpg avg...tough to watch a game filled with turnovers and lack of quality. Add the inconsistent refs and the tireless winded TV commentators, and you have a recipe of fast food mediocrity which is stomached by a few and eschewed by many more.

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