It feels good to be back! The WeFollowFutbol headquarters has successfully moved from Ohio to North Carolina. Things took a little bit longer than expected and more matches were missed than hoped, but the Major League Soccer side of the site is back up and running!
Just in time, too, as the league surpassed five million in total attendance during the 30th week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. That’s now three straight regular seasons of five million in total attendance or higher!
With that in mind, let’s go through the results, interesting stats, and attendance figures of the week that was in MLS.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
CONCACAF Champions League (Home Clubs on Left)
(Peterson 78’) Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Real Esteli (Calero 54’)
With the draw, Sporting Kansas City is just one draw away from advancing out of Group 2 to the next round. This match was a fascinating case study as to why sometimes stats just don’t matter: Sporting KC held significant advantages in possession (66-34), total passes (491-244), shots (22-6), and shots on target (6-4), but in the end, it didn’t matter. Such is our beautiful game.
(Wondolowski 21, Chavez 57’, Salinas 84’) San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Montreal Impact
With their backs against the wall in Group 5, the San Jose Earthquakes shook things up a bit by earning a blowout victory over Montreal to move into second place and keep their slim hopes of advancing alive. San Jose still has one match left with group-leading Heredia to play, and the Guatemalan club cannot gain any more points in its final two matches for the Earthquakes to have a shot. Following this match, Montreal has scored and given up exactly 100 goals in 70 matches across all competitions since joining MLS. Similar to this balanced statistic, the Impact has posted a W-D-L mark of 27-15-28 in these contests.
(Courtois 6’) Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Metapan
Impressive win by the Los Angeles Galaxy because the club was able to play a reserve player in every position and still earn a shutout victory. Following the match, the Galaxy only needs one point next week at Cartagines (Costa Rica) to advance to the quarterfinal round for the third straight year.
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
(Valeri 13’) Portland Timbers 1-0 Colorado Rapids
A big win for Portland, keeping the club right in third place in the Western Conference standings. The victory extended the Timbers’ unbeaten streak to three matches and put an end to Colorado’s two-match winning streak. Portland has now won 30 regular-season matches (96 played) since joining MLS.
Montreal Impact 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps (Miller 7, Camilo 89’, 90 + 1’)
Back-to-back 3-0 losses for the Impact in two different competitions made for a rough week. The win for Vancouver was the club’s first taste of victory since an August 10 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Camilo made a statement in this one, scoring two goals coming off the bench to tie for second place in the Golden Boot race with 16. Is it too late for the Whitecaps to make the playoffs? Not at all, but they need to make sure they are keeping up this form against the absolute gauntlet they’re about to experience: all five of their remaining matches are against current Western Conference clubs.
(Russell 38’) Toronto FC 1-2 Sporting Kansas City (Sapong 18’, 53’)
A brace from C.J. Sapong bookended a Darel Russell goal in Sporting Kansas City’s third straight win and Toronto FC’s fifth defeat in its last eight attempts. (None of those have been wins, by the way.) The loss continues the futility of this Canadian club, as TFC was quicker to 100 MLS regular-season losses (currently at 103) than it was to 50 victories (currently at 49). That’s rough. A very low attendance figure by TFC standards (63 percent capacity) could be interpreted as the loyal supporters finally getting fed up, but don’t jump to conclusions just yet, because all signs indicate the weather was dreadful in Toronto for this contest.
(Fagundez 58’, Nguyen 83’) New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United (Caldwell OG 11’)
This was a big, big win for the New England Revolution. With the Columbus Crew (win), Chicago Fire (loss), and Philadelphia Union (inactive) nipping at their heels, the Revs are just holding on to that last Eastern Conference playoff spot by one point at the moment. When it comes to D.C. United, let’s be honest: the only focus should be the October 1 U.S. Open Cup Final right now. Everything done in training and in the regular season should be in preparation for that match.
(Oduro 15’, Higuain 70’, Anor 76’) Columbus Crew 3-0 Chicago Fire
All of a sudden, the Columbus Crew has risen from the dead. The club has picked up two straight wins against playoff contenders and collected nine points in its last four matches to stay within striking distance (two points) of the final playoff spot in the East. At 798 goals in 556 regular-season matches, Columbus is just two strikes away from joining the exclusive club which includes only D.C., Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas.
(Barnes 39’, 54’, Bruin 63’, Garcia 79’, 90 + 1’) Houston Dynamo 5-1 Chivas USA (Avila 50’)
Houston put the hurt on Chivas USA in somewhat of a must-win match against an inferior opponent. Following a short swoon which saw the club go winless through four matches, the Dynamo has now won two straight to grab a strong hold on the fourth-place spot in the East. Do you remember the last time Houston scored five goals in an official match? September 22, 2009 in the CONCACAF Champions League vs. Arabe Unido (5-1 win).
(Morales 19′) Real Salt Lake 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes (Lenhart 18’, 21’)
Wild one in Sandy, Utah! Three goals in the span of four minutes decided this match which had both historical and very topical significance for the visiting San Jose Earthquakes. Historically, it was the club’s 200th MLS victory (494 matches played), which is no small feat. In the present, this was a huge win for the club’s previously slimming playoff hopes: San Jose is now just four points out of the final Western Conference spot.
(Juninho 45 + 2’) Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Seattle Sounders (Johnson 25’)
No Dempsey or Donovan, but still a pretty solid match. The draw keeps Seattle atop the Supporters’ Shield standings (50 points) with one or two matches in hand to nearly everyone in the league. Remember the last time Seattle was beaten? Yeah, it feels like a while, huh? The club hasn’t tasted defeat in more than a month, having last lost 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 17. That’s six unbeaten—five of which are wins—for the Sounders.
(Erick OG 76’) New York Red Bulls 1-0 FC Dallas
Top of the East! New York’s third straight victory puts the club at the peak of the conference and just two points shy of the Supporters’ Shield leading Sounders. That means that the historically maligned Red Bulls are still in the hunt for two pieces of silverware this season. FC Dallas’ 11 match winless streak is a distant memory, but its effects are still being felt: all of a sudden the club is second to last in the Western Conference. Not all bleak for the Hoops yet, though, because they are just five points out of the final spot in the West with one or two matches in hand to everyone above.
Total goals scored (Week 30): 25
Average goals per match (Week 30): 2.78
Total goals scored (Season): 727
Average goals per match (Season): 2.62
(All attendance figures gathered here are found in MLSSoccer.com’s match recaps.)
The 30th week of the 2013 MLS season was the seventh best in terms of average attendance figures. A total of 178,141 tickets were sold to the nine matches of the week, generating an average attendance figure of 19,793 per contest.
Three sellouts were achieved during the week (Portland, Real Salt Lake, and Los Angeles), bringing the season total to 90. Four markets (Montreal, New England, Columbus, and Houston) came quite close to playing in front of capacity crowds, as these clubs sold to 92 percent capacity or higher.
New England and Columbus share the claim to having the 5,000,000th fan of the season, as the clubs each hosted matches beginning at 7:30 EST to push the league’s season total over the threshold.
Total attendance on the year is now up to 5,111,514 for an average figure of 18,387 per match.
This is Brett Compton’s 306th post for WeFollowFutbol. Read more about him here.