Monday, July 23, 2007

2007 MLS Week 16 Recap or where are all the fans at?

This weekend saw some fun matches as Houston and New England turned in a full ride while Colorado actually found some offense to give Eddie Johnson and the Wizards a difficult night. Columbus might not have had a hard time with Toronto but it was still a good game to watch. Yet very few people did watch these matches as the league some of their worst attendance numbers of the season. I guess having all four home games in the cities with the worse averages will cause this sort of thing.

Anyway, here is the league by numbers 107 games into the season:
SeasonWeek 16
Attendance1,600,72449,891
Att per game14,96012,473
Goals28113
Goals per game2.6263.25
Inter-conferenceEast 18-15-16Tie 0-0-2
Visitors27-51-290-2-2
Ties29 (27.1%)2 (50%)

Houston Dynamo 3-3 New England Revolution
So what happens when two of the best defensive teams meet? An offensive explosion of course. For anyone who thinks that MLS cannot field a good game, watch this match. There was so much good flow happening on both sides of the ball that it was a joy to watch. Is it any wonder why these two clubs are at the top of their conferences? If you have not seen this, do yourself a favor and go over to mlsnet.com and at least watch the highlights.
Goals: NE: Pat Noonan (3) 32', Taylor Twellman (8) 51', Shalrie Joseph (4) pk 66'
HD: Dwayne De Rosario (4) 49', Brian Ching (5) 60', (6) 61'

DC United 0-1 New York Red Bulls
What can I say, Jozy Altidore starts and the Red Bulls win. This was not a very inspiring game as both teams were sloppy and worse yet, not making anything of their chances. DC seemed to be playing the better game for most of the match, but they couldn't make anything happen. Fred getting a direct red in stoppage time sort of summed up the night for them.
Goal: NY: John Wolyniec (3) 19'

Toronto FC 0-2 Columbus Crew
Watch out East Conference, here comes the Crew. Columbus is finding their attack and making set pieces a dangerous situation for their opposition, plus their defense is holding tough. Toronto had a couple moments, but overall, it was a disappointment. Still, TFC truly does like to make the most of their chances as just about every shot was on frame.
Goals: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (3) 50', (4) 56'

Colorado Rapids 2-2 Kansas City Wizards
Welcome to Sunday Night MLS Fights. These two sides were just going after one another with the Rapids being the man instigators. How Mehdi Ballouchy was not red carded for his way after the play elbow to KC's Sasha Victorine throat in first half stoppage time I will never know. Anyway, the Rapids showed some offense by actually attempting shots with a number of them being strong chances, while the Wizards were a little more reserved in the play but showed they know how to set people up. It was a nasty one, but still a good show.
Goals: KC: Eddie Johnson (11) 24', (12) 43'
CR: Jovan Kirovski (3) pk 42', Facundo Erpen (1) 77'

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1 Comments:

Anonymous tsingletonvt said...

When you post your summaries would it be possible to include the "official" attendance with each summary?

Keep up the good work.

8:52 AM  

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