The Week that Was: MLS Week Five


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Houston, we have history. Almost. The Houston Dynamo picked up a 2-0 win over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes in what, from the outside, seemed to be just another impressive win over a solid foe. Yet it was more than that, catapulting the back-to-back Eastern Conference champions into a tie with Real Salt Lake for the best home unbeaten streak of 34 matches. Let’s just say that the Dynamo’s April 14 home date with the Chicago Fire just got a lot more interesting.

Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
Toronto FC (Earnshaw 29’, Osorio 78’) 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy (Magee 16’, Villarreal 90’ + 2)
Second time this season Toronto FC has allowed a goal in the final 15 minutes of a match. Fourth time in six all-time meetings between the clubs in Toronto which has ended in a draw.

New York Red Bulls (McCarty 55’, Henry 81’) 2-1 Philadelphia Union (Casey 63’)
In eight all-time meetings, these clubs have never tied. New York holds a 6-2 advantage in league meetings. The Red Bulls have taken all 12 points from four meetings between the clubs at Red Bull Arena.

New England Revolution 0-1 FC Dallas (Perez 87’)
Just Dallas’ 13th win in 39 attempts against the Revolution. Second straight heartbreaker for the Revolution against Dallas, as Perez’s 87th-minute goal this season came nearly as late as Ugo Ihemelu’s winner in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time on April 5, 2012.

Colorado Rapids (Powers 18’, Thomas 48’) 2-2 Portland Timbers (Will Johnson 55’, 71’)
Colorado’s 100th MLS regular-season draw in its 531st league match (202W-100D-229L). Rapids become just the sixth MLS club with 100 MLS regular-season draws.

Houston Dynamo (Bruin 17’, Barnes 42’) 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
Houston’s 300th match in all competitions (124W-87D-89L). The Dynamo have tied Real Salt Lake for the MLS record by going unbeaten in 34 home matches.

Sporting Kansas City (Bieler 5’, Zusi 80’) 2-0 Montreal Impact
Claudio Bieler’s early goal broke a 197-minute scoring drought for SKC. First time in two league meetings which has seen SKC earn a home win against Montreal. First time in 2013 Montreal has allowed more than one goal in a match.

Real Salt Lake (Findley 8’, Gil 35’) 2-1 Seattle Sounders (Evans 57’)
Real Salt Lake wins in its 300th all-time match across all competitions (107W-76D-117L). Just Seattle’s 50th loss in 185 matches across all competitions (91W-44D-50L).

Chivas USA (Davidson 12’, Avila 55’) 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Miller 64’)
Following a season-opening loss to the Columbus Crew, Chivas USA has picked up 10 points in four matches to rank second in the Western Conference. The Goats’ first ever win over Vancouver in seven league meetings. Kenny Miller’s goal in the 64th minute was the 100th goal scored in MLS league play this season.


Total goals scored (Week Five): 22
Average goals per match (Week Five): 2.75
Total goals scored (Season): 100
Average goals per match (Season): 2.38


Week Five generated a pretty solid set of attendance figures, by most accounts. Four clubs played to 75 percent capacity or higher, with Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake recording sellouts No. 11 and 12 of the 2013 season, respectively. Despite not having a sellout, Toronto FC had a healthy crowd of 18,355 at BMO Field for an exciting match against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy.

week five teams

Despite catching fire and shocking the league with points in four straight matches, Chivas USA continues to struggle. The Goats had 8,354 on hand to witness a 2-1 victory over visiting Vancouver and are averaging a paltry 7,425 in three home matches this season.

week five totals

Through the eight matches of the week, a total of 120,974 fans made their way to MLS stadiums to net an average of 15,122. This brings the season total to 747,739 through 42 league matches, generating an average attendance of 17,803 per match.

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6 Responses to The Week that Was: MLS Week Five

  1. Alex says:

    34 games is incredible. Serious kudos to Houston. Doesn’t it seem like the Year of the Streak in pro sports? The Penguins, Blackhawks, Heat.

    Sounds like the owner for Chivas says the team isn’t going anywhere. I think he wants a stadium of his own? I’m sure there’s a nice high school stadium around that would accomodate all 5,000 people that show up the games.

    God, if there were 15K at Red Bull stadium, then I should have my eyes checked. Looked like there wasn’t anyone in the upper deck at all, except for the Union faithful. For such a new, beautiful stadium, they don’t do that well in actual attendance. There’s my dig at NY for the week!

    Brett, what do you think of the Cosmos trying to build a 25K stadium? I have a hard time believing they could come close to filling it. What a bizarre story.

    • Brett Compton says:

      Haha great point about Chivas. Building a new stadium for that club would be a poor decision.

      Year of the streak indeed!

      I’m not a huge fan of NY2, to be honest. Maybe I’m wrong about it, but I just don’t think that the Red Bulls and the Cosmos will both be successful in the New York area.

  2. Alex says:

    I’m with you. And they’re even going to put a team in Queens. I’d bet that team will have the best attendance of all three.

    For the Cosmos, I don’t understand how a team playing in NASL will draw. It’s a second division league, and no matter how much talent they put on their own team, they’ll still be playing second division talent. We’re talking FC Edmonton and the Carolina RailHawks. (They really play soccer in Edmonton? What’s a RailHawk, and why the conjoined nouns?) A wealthy Arab can build a stadium, pay high salaries, tell off MLS, but no amount of money will make Americans care about average soccer. Ok, sorry for the rant there, Brett.

    Maybe the Red Bulls don’t draw well because it’s not a true NYC team, it being out in NJ. Seems like Dallas, Chicago, and Columbus have that problem too. The Mets, Yankees, Rangers, and Knicks all play in the city. I have to think it’ll make the Queens soccer team more popular than Red Bulls.

    Anyway, when the French Canadians are in first place, you know it’s shaping up to be an interesting season in MLS!

    • Brett Compton says:

      No doubt! Definitely excited to see how the rest of this year (and any expansion) pans out.

      Also like what you said about the various MLS markets. I think you’re pretty spot on with most of that information.

      Big match this weekend! I’m a Columbus guy (and actually used to work for the Union), but I’ll be pulling for my Crew this weekend 🙂

      Good luck to you!

  3. Alex says:

    Brett — Do you think by now that MLS cities have started to establish themselves as have-fans and have-not-fans teams? You know, cities that have a strong fan base that’ll fill the stadium no matter what, and the cities whose fans just go through the motions. I’d love to know what you think, being a close monitor of the league. If I made a list …

    Have-Fans: Portland, Seattle, LA Galaxy, KC, Philly, Toronto, San Jose, Vancouver, Salt Lake, DC, Houston

    Have-Not-Fans: Chivas, Dallas, Chicago, NE, Montreal, Red Bulls, Columbus, Colorado

    I put DC on the first list because I think they have the passion, but lack a new stadium. Playing in RFK can make any game look relatively unattended.

    NE just doesn’t draw fans. But, I really do wonder if they would make it onto the first list if they got their own stadium. Let’s face it, Seattle’s the only team that can get away with playing in a football stadium.

    Montreal still hasn’t convinced me they’ll show up if their team isn’t great. Toronto fans have suffered through their team’s miserable existence but still go the games.

    Hard to say about San Jose. They only have to fill a 10K stadium and have a great team, so it might be hard to say how they’d do in a 20K stadium with a lousy team.

    I’m proud to say that Philly’s holding strong. Last season was a total disaster.

    Ok, what can I say. It’s a slow day at work!

  4. Alex says:

    Good luck to you and the Crew! (not really, they’re playing Philly)

    Speaking of soccer markets, I have to give it up to the Crew for building the first soccer-specific stadium in MLS. Americans were never going to fill a football stadium, but just how big should an MLS stadium be? Answer: Crew Stadium (just don’t build it out in the boondocks)

    Have a great weekend, despite the Union win. heh heh

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