Monday, April 21, 2008

2008 MLS Season numbers so far

Just four weeks into the 2008 season and some trends are starting to appear. League wide average attendance numbers are pretty steady at a bit above 15,000, which is lower then last season's overall average, however a bit above where the numbers sat at a similar time last season (a year ago the average per game was just under 15,000).

As far as goals, the number is up against last year's start, however this past week saw the fewest number per game of the season. Is this due to better defending as teams settle into the long haul or is it just a momentary drop?

On the foul side of things, I am amazed by the consistency of these numbers. Each week the average number of fouls per game has been between 23.9 and 25.1. Certain individual games have had more or less, but in the end the numbers hold steady. I didn't track fouls last season so I don't know if these numbers are down.

But the most interesting number as I see it is the number of ties. Last season you could expect between 25 and 30% of all matches to end knotted up but so far this year less then one out of every five games have ended even.

Anyway, here is a week-by-week look at some numbers:

Week 4

Season (28)
Week 1 (8)
Attendance
427,045
111,273
Att per game
15,252
13,909
Beckham Att
89,540
23,401
Beckham Avg Att (3)
22,385
23,401
Goals
82
15
Goals per game
2.9
2.1
Fouls
685
176
Fouls per game
24.5
25.1
Cards (red)
82 (8)
22 (1)
Inter-conference
East 6-1-3
East 1-0-0
Visitors
7-6-15
4-2-1
Ties
5 (17.9%)
2 (28.6%)



Week 3

Season (21)
Week 1 (8)
Attendance
315,772
97,986
Att per game
15,037
12,248
Beckham Att
66,139
20,426
Beckham Avg Att (3)
22,046
20,426
Goals
67
24
Goals per game
3.2
3
Fouls
509
198
Fouls per game
24.2
24.75
Cards (red)
70 (7)
28 (2)
Inter-conference
East 5-1-3
Tie 3-1-3
Visitors
3-4-14
3-1-4
Ties
3 (14.3%)
1 (12.5%)


Week 2

Season (13)
Week 1 (7)
Attendance
217,786
125,917
Att per game
16,753
17,988
Beckham Att
45,713
27,000
Beckham Avg Att (2)
22,857
27,000
Goals
43
28
Goals per game
3.3
4
Fouls
311
167
Fouls per game
23.9
23.9
Cards (red)
42 (5)
23 (3)
Inter-conference
East 2-1-0
East 1-0-0
Visitors
0-3-10
0-1-6
Ties
2 (15.4%)
1 (14.3%)


Week 1

Season (6)
Week 1 (6)
Attendance
91,869
91,869
Att per game
15,312
15,312
Beckham Att
18,713
18,713
Beckham Avg Att (1)
18,713
18,713
Goals
15
15
Goals per game
2.5
2.5
Fouls
144
144
Fouls per game
24
24
Cards (red)
19 (2)
19 (2)
Inter-conference
East 1-1-0
East 1-1-0
Visitors
0-2-4
0-2-4
Ties
1 (16.6%)
1 (16.6%)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it will be hard to break last season's attendance average with San Jose and Kansas City in 11k stadiums. That said i think Kansas City's stadium is a huge improvement over arrowhead, their homes games are much more exiting to watch. Instad of some large empty bowl you have a small energetic stadium.

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