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MLS attendance notes

Note: Check out the comments for a humbling but very informative reply from the title character of kenn.com. I’d apologize for my hurried piece (yep, I rushed this one big time) if it hadn’t spurned such a great response.

From my CSNNE.com piece today:

The return of Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle to MLS action on Sunday also marked the LA Galaxy’s first match since before the World Cup. Twenty-seven thousand flocked to the stadium to welcome the duo home from South Africa, a mind-boggling 37.5 percent increase over the Galaxy’s 2010 average attendance coming into the match. On the field, the twice-teammates showed their camaraderie when Donovan assisted on a Buddle goal early in the 19th minute as the Galaxy improved to 11-1-3 on the season with a 3-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC. The hookup furthered Buddle’s and Donovan’s respective MLS leads in goals and assists, as each has now compiled 10 in his given category.

MLS attendance at large is up nearly 10 percent in 2010 from 2009, averaging over 16,442 fans a game. In fact, nine out of 12 teams to have hosted a match since the World Cup started saw attendance go up from its last pre-tournament figure. The Revolution, unfortunately, have seen a 19.9% drop in attendance from 2009 and draw just over 10.5 thousand to Gillette Stadium. At 3-9-2, the Revs currently look set to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2002, so that likely has something to do with the disappointing (and concerning) figure.

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MLSSoccer.net has this story today about MLS life without a Reserve League through the prism of the Colorado Rapids. Of most note, unless, I suppose, you’re a Rapids fan:

Todd Durbin, EVP of Competition, Labor and Player Relations, told MLSsoccer.com that there is a technical committee currently charged with looking at this issue, and there is a chance that something akin to the reserve league could return in 2011.

Of course there should be a Reserve League. I’m surprised there’s not more online outrage in response to its end. Baseball, basketball, and hockey all play their reserves plenty. The NFL may be comparable to MLS in how infrequently the back end of their rosters see action, but guess what? The NFL is arguably the world’s most successful professional league and is certainly tops in America. It can do whatever it wants.

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Three Talking Points for the Revs’ Battle at Buck Shaw

1. No SJ in SJ

As reported yesterday, Shalrie Joseph has not made the trip to Northern California, as his hip flexor injury continues to persist. Though his name has yet to appear on the score sheet for New England, his excellence in holding the ball in the second half against TFC allowed Sainey Nyassi and  Chris Tierney to make wide runs and generate chances at goal. Pat Phelen is most like to replace Joseph, though I’d prefer to see Emmanuel Osei make the move to midfield, allowing a healthy Darrius Barnes to replace him at center back.

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by Adam Vaccaro

Ready to be shocked?

If you answer no, I suggest not reading any further.  It’s understandable — sometimes people are comfortable, happy with their lives, enjoying the ride upon whatever wave it is that they’re riding.  Sometimes people just don’t want to be shocked.

But for those of you feeling a bit more adventurous or open-minded on this wet New England day, take a look at this:

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