Taking Attendance 7/22/2014: (Mostly) Final PDL Numbers

July 22nd, 2014

The USL Premier Development League regular season is in the books, and here (with some missing data) are the final attendance numbers for the top summer amateur league in the US and Canada. The Des Moines Menace led the league for the fifth time in the last six years, with an average announced attendance of 3,340 for their seven home games this season.

Team G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Des Moines Menace 7 23,377 3,340 3,333 3,711 2,871
Portland Timbers U-23s 7 16,291 2,327 756 8,207 130
Fresno Fuego #6 13,742 2,290 1,874 3,627 1,693
BYU Cougars 7 13,215 1,888 1,609 3,075 885
Carolina Dynamo 7 13,060 1,866 1,975 2,348 1,311
Austin Aztex 7 12,795 1,828 1,823 2,380 1,404
FC Tucson 7 9,717 1,388 1,098 2,983 1,012
Ventura County Fusion 7 9,256 1,322 1,121 2,100 900
Victoria Highlanders FC 7 9,201 1,314 1,378 1,461 1,057
Midland/Odessa Sockers FC 7 7,838 1,120 884 1,969 587
Albuquerque Sol F.C. 7 6,554 936 936 1,520 400
Western Mass Pioneers 7 6,367 910 1,048 1,456 317
Forest City London 7 5,436 777 650 1,307 369
Long Island Rough Riders 7 4,624 661 647 985 276
Thunder Bay Chill #6 3,691 615 615 690 557
Laredo Heat 7 4,273 610 609 746 549
Mississippi Brilla 7 4,182 597 604 890 402
Michigan Bucks 7 4,160 594 402 1,238 252
Kitsap Pumas 7 3,242 463 460 562 370
Lane United FC 7 3,192 456 400 800 300
Sounders FC U23 7 2,895 414 308 1,012 234
Chicago Inferno #2 749 375 375 403 346
Las Vegas Mobsters @3 1,125 375 350 450 325
Ocala Stampede 7 2,600 371 214 1,075 106
SW Florida Adrenaline @3 1,104 368 380 403 321
Ocean City Nor’easters @3 1,097 366 424 521 152
Reading United AC 7 2,546 364 316 609 209
GPS Portland Phoenix 2 650 325 325 400 250
K-W United FC $4 1,225 306 283 437 222
Vermont Voltage 7 2,106 301 300 450 156
Panama City Beach Pirates 7 2,043 292 265 450 215
San Jose Earthquakes @3 871 290 286 400 185
CFC Azul 7 1,950 279 250 450 250
St. Louis Lions 7 1,884 269 280 396 160
Cincinnati Dutch Lions 7 1,754 251 235 352 151
Toronto Lynx #6 1,350 225 175 600 100
Baltimore Bohemians 7 1,523 218 207 393 103
Northern Virginia Royals **5 1,018 204 189 323 126
SoCal Seahorses 7 1,385 198 240 270 105
Real Colorado Foxes #6 1,145 191 175 400 20
WSA Winnipeg 7 1,255 179 200 275 70
SWVa King’s Warriors 7 1,203 172 188 204 125
Seacoast United Phantoms 7 1,200 171 100 350 100
F.A. Euro $4 665 166 170 300 25
LA Misioneros FC #6 980 163 100 400 80
River City Rovers !2 325 163 163 175 150
Real Boston Rams 7 1,114 159 150 224 75
Jersey Express 7 963 138 125 205 88
West Virginia Chaos 7 965 138 135 220 50
Puget Sound Gunners FC @3 400 133 60 300 40
Springfield Demize 6 729 122 132 172 58
Houston Dutch Lions 7 833 119 113 200 80
Washington Crossfire 7 788 113 100 265 70
Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 #6 660 110 93 175 75
NJ LUSO Parma #6 650 108 100 150 50
IMG Academy Bradenton 7 740 106 100 150 90
Floridians F.C. @2 197 99 99 105 92
Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 7 667 95 77 177 77
Montreal Impact U23 #6 550 92 88 150 25
Westchester Flames 7 520 74 65 135 40
Chicago Fire U-23 **5 353 71 78 116 16
OC Pateadores Blues 7 325 46 50 50 30
Orlando City U23 &0 0 0 0 0 0
SC United Bantams &0 0 0 0 0 0
PDL TOTAL 375 221,315 590 278 8,207 16
# Missing 1 game            
** Missing 2 games            
$ Missing 3 games            
@ Missing 4 games            
! Missing 5 games            
& Missing 7 games            

NOTES:

  • Orlando City U23 and the SC United Bantams did not announce attendance figures for any of their games this season. I am missing 55 other data points for 2014, ranging from one to five missing games for various clubs. I don’t think the missing numbers reasonably impact the conclusions we can draw in most cases.
  • While 10 teams averaged 1,000 or more per game this season, more than half the league can’t get 300 a game on average.
  • If the World Cup raised interest in the sport throughout the country, it wasn’t expressed in PDL attendance. The league averaged 621 per game before the Cup, dropped to 556 during and then rebounded a bit to 585 afterwards.
  • FC Tucson has quietly built something over time. From an average of 681 in their first season (2012), they grew to an 800 average last year and ranked seventh in the PDL this season at 1,388. They’ll host the Western Conference semifinals and final this weekend.
  • Austin (with a game missing – anyone who can help a brother out, it would be appreciated) averaged 1,804 in its final season in the amateur ranks. The Aztex will move up to USL Pro next season, and hopefully it goes better than other PDL clubs that have tried their hand at turning pro.
  • As always, additions and corrections are welcome.

1987 World Series Replay – Game Four

July 22nd, 2014

1987 World SeriesI’m replaying the 1987 World Series using the APBA Baseball Game, only with the injured Jack Clark and Terry Pendleton at full strength for the Cardinals. If you’re just joining us, you can find the recaps of games one, two and three earlier and that of game four after the jump.
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Highlights: Arizona United vs. Orange County

July 21st, 2014

Here are highlights of the most recent USL Pro webcast I did, last Saturday night’s win by Arizona United over the Orange County Blues.

Thus endeth my three-game mini-engagement with the local pro team. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to get back in the booth one last time and had fun.

1987 World Series Replay – Game Three

July 20th, 2014

1987 World SeriesMy APBA replay of the 1987 World Series between the Twins and Cardinals shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for game three. In real life, the Cardinals didn’t have slugger Jack Clark and had only limited use of thirdbaseman Terry Pendleton, but in this replay, they have both at full strength in a “What If?” scenario. After the jump, the story of game three.
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Taking Attendance Bonus: The World Cup

July 14th, 2014

World Cup attendance
The 2014 FIFA World CupTM is now over, and here’s a look at the attendance figures for the event, broken out by venue:

Stadium City G Total Average Capacity Pct. Cap
Arena Amazonia Manaus 4 160,227 40,057 40,549 98.79%
Arena Corinthians Sao Paulo 6 375,593 62,599 62,601 100.00%
Arena da Baixada Curitiba 3 117,680 39,227 39,631 98.98%
Arena Fonte Nova Salvador 6 300,674 50,112 51,900 96.56%
Arena Pantanal Cuiaba 4 158,717 39,679 41,112 96.52%
Arena Pernambuco Recife 5 204,882 40,976 42,610 96.17%
Estadio Beira-Rio Porto Alegre 6 254,280 42,380 43,394 97.66%
Estadio Castelao Fortaleza 6 356,896 59,483 60,342 98.58%
Estadio das Dunas Natal 4 158,167 39,542 39,971 98.93%
Estadio do Maracana Rio de Janeiro 7 519,189 74,170 74,738 99.24%
Estadio Mineirao Belo Horizonte 6 345,350 57,558 58,170 98.95%
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha Brasilia 7 478,218 68,317 69,349 98.51%
WORLD CUP TOTAL   64 3,429,873 53,592   98.40%


Above, you’ll see where this year’s event ranks among them all in terms of average attendance. Twenty years on, the tournament hosted by the United States is still the best attended.

Taking Attendance 7/14/2014: A One And A Two And A Three..

July 14th, 2014

This week we’re looking at the Division I, Division II and Division III leagues, better known as (the) MLS, the NASL and USL Pro. Here are their average, median, high and low attendance figures through last night’s games (as always, unofficial and, in some cases, incomplete, additions and corrections are always welcome):

MLS G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Seattle 9 384,935 42,771 38,582 64,207 38,441
Toronto 8 180,728 22,591 22,591 22,591 22,591
Los Angeles 7 148,744 21,249 20,847 27,000 14,615
Vancouver 9 188,883 20,987 21,000 22,500 19,383
Portland 10 208,140 20,814 20,814 20,814 20,814
Salt Lake 8 161,475 20,184 20,485 20,513 18,881
Kansas City 9 178,574 19,842 19,838 20,858 19,073
Houston 9 177,810 19,757 20,558 22,320 15,030
Montreal 9 172,305 19,145 18,068 27,207 14,135
Philadelphia 8 144,514 18,064 18,587 18,843 15,691
New York 8 144,306 18,038 18,271 23,776 13,278
Dallas 10 169,313 16,931 16,640 21,182 15,039
DC United 10 168,388 16,839 13,102 53,267 8,224
New England 8 122,889 15,361 14,533 23,950 11,293
Chicago 8 122,375 15,297 15,745 17,487 12,699
Colorado 10 145,668 14,567 14,509 18,432 10,086
San Jose 10 142,183 14,218 10,525 50,006 9,114
Columbus 8 104,611 13,076 13,270 18,026 4,680
Chivas USA 9 62,416 6,935 6,082 15,008 3,702
MLS TOTAL 167 3,128,257 18,732 18,396 64,207 3,702
 
NASL G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Indy 5 52,324 10,465 10,285 11,048 10,285
San Antonio 5 32,381 6,476 6,484 7,381 5,595
Minnesota 4 22,309 5,577 5,306 6,784 4,913
Carolina 5 24,536 4,907 4,066 7,856 3,080
New York 6 29,009 4,835 3,968 7,906 3,091
Tampa Bay 6 28,887 4,815 4,501 7,003 3,896
Atlanta 4 18,922 4,731 5,000 5,000 3,922
Ft. Lauderdale 5 18,393 3,679 3,109 5,572 3,092
Edmonton 5 17,886 3,577 3,609 4,399 2,961
Ottawa 5 13,418 2,684 2,432 3,457 2,158
NASL TOTAL 50 258,065 5,161 4,535 11,048 2,158
 
USL Pro G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Sacramento 7 102,107 14,587 17,414 20,231 8,000
Rochester 8 42,196 5,275 5,290 6,385 4,007
Orlando 10 47,134 4,713 4,801 5,029 4,206
Charleston 7 27,948 3,993 3,773 5,415 2,674
Oklahoma City 8 30,460 3,808 3,819 4,230 3,405
Pittsburgh 7 19,265 2,752 2,485 3,902 2,005
Richmond 9 22,204 2,467 2,333 3,507 2,010
Wilmington 8 18,169 2,271 2,119 3,256 1,757
Arizona 10 22,406 2,241 2,128 3,014 1,482
Harrisburg 8 14,112 1,764 1,746 2,233 1,417
Charlotte 8 6,348 794 706 1,261 556
Orange County 9 6,591 732 638 1,221 431
Los Angeles 10 6,866 687 575 1,259 410
Dayton 9 4,548 505 456 1,026 213
USL PRO TOTAL 118 370,354 3,139 2,202 20,231 213


NOTES:

  • Last night’s crowd of 64,207 in Seattle was a season high for MLS, slightly off last year’s similar fixture (in late August), which drew 67,385. It may have also contributed to the lowest crowd in the brief history of the Portland Thorns, who hosted FC Kansas City a couple of hours before the Timbers played up the road. Still, having 9,672 as your lowest crowd in history is something almost every club in America outside MLS would take.
  • The NASL’s Fall Season began this past weekend, and no home team cracked 4,000 announced (not even the vaunted Cosmos). The week’s average of 3,497 for five games was the lowest for the NASL since Week 8 of the spring season in 2013 (when they averaged 3,394 for the three matches). This coming week should be a positive one for the second-division league, though, as both Indy Eleven (which has sold out every game) and Ottawa (which moves into TD Place and seems to feel confident about a five-figure crowd) are at home, as are San Antonio and Minnesota.
  • USL Pro-leading Sacramento didn’t have a home game this week, but fellow expansionist Oklahoma City did. OKC has had a very positive debut, filling about 95% of its seats through its first eight games. The league projects – if everyone holds their averages, which won’t happen because Sacramento’s is going to go down now – to average about 3,328 for the season.
  • While we’ll continue to monitor the impact of the World Cup on attendance stateside, it’s hard to advocate MLS completely standing down for the month when they drew 19,807 on average for 30 games during the knockout stages of the Cup (after taking the group stage off). USL Pro saw a slight dip during the festivities (going from a 3,177 average prior to 2,901 during).

1987 World Series Replay – Game Two: Working Late

July 14th, 2014

1987 World SeriesI’m replaying the 1987 World Series using the APBA Baseball Game, only with the injured Jack Clark and Terry Pendleton at full strength for the Cardinals. See the story of Game One here, and read about Game Two after the jump.
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Taking Attendance: Ranking ‘Em (Almost) All

July 7th, 2014

For this week’s Taking Attendance update, we’re going to look at all the teams in MLS, the NASL, USL Pro, the PDL, the NWSL, the W-League and even a handful of NPSL teams and see where they all rank in terms of average announced attendance.

Caveats: There are two teams (Orlando City U-23 and SC United Bantams, both from the PDL) for which I have no data points and I have almost no crowd figures for the NPSL. I have included the few NPSL teams for which I have data just because I’m making an effort to include them and this is another step in that process. Announced attendance does not always equate to actual butts in seats or tickets sold. And outside of MLS, the NASL and the NWSL, there are some clubs for whom I am missing a game or two (or three or four). Not everyone is as reliable about announcing attendance figures as I wish they were.

With that said, here’s the list, from 1-144:

Rk Team Lg G Total Avg.
1 Seattle Sounders MLS 8 320,728 40,091
2 Toronto FC MLS 7 158,137 22,591
3 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 6 128,862 21,477
4 Vancouver Whitecaps MLS 8 169,500 21,188
5 Portland Timbers MLS 10 208,140 20,814
6 Real Salt Lake MLS 8 161,475 20,184
7 Sporting Kansas City MLS 9 178,574 19,842
8 Houston Dynamo MLS 9 177,810 19,757
9 Montreal Impact MLS 8 155,150 19,394
10 New York Red Bulls MLS 7 127,278 18,183
11 Philadelphia Union MLS 7 125,835 17,976
12 FC Dallas MLS 10 169,313 16,931
13 DC United MLS 10 168,388 16,839
14 Sacramento Republic FC USL PRO 6 94,107 15,685
15 New England Revolution MLS 7 107,483 15,355
16 Chicago Fire MLS 8 122,375 15,297
17 San Jose Earthquakes MLS 9 131,658 14,629
18 Colorado Rapids MLS 10 145,668 14,567
19 Columbus Crew MLS 8 104,611 13,076
20 Portland Thorns FC NWSL 8 100,054 12,507
21 Indy Eleven NASL 5 52,324 10,465
22 Chivas USA MLS 9 62,416 6,935
23 San Antonio Scorpions NASL 5 32,381 6,476
24 Minnesota United NASL 4 22,309 5,577
25 Rochester Rhinos USL PRO 7 38,189 5,456
26 Carolina Railhawks NASL 4 21,456 5,364
27 New York Cosmos NASL 5 25,203 5,041
28 Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL 5 24,991 4,998
29 Atlanta Silverbacks NASL 4 18,922 4,731
30 Orlando City SC USL PRO 9 42,215 4,691
31 Houston Dash NWSL 8 36,839 4,605
32 Chicago Red Stars NWSL 5 21,265 4,253
33 Charleston Battery USL PRO 6 23,250 3,875
34 OKC Energy FC USL PRO 7 26,841 3,834
35 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers NASL 4 15,301 3,825
36 FC Edmonton NASL 4 14,277 3,569
37 Tulsa Athletics NPSL 3 10,317 3,439
38 Seattle Reign FC NWSL 8 27,240 3,405
39 Washington Spirit NWSL 8 26,037 3,255
40 Des Moines Menace PDL 4 12,708 3,177
41 W.New York Flash NWSL 8 24,655 3,082
42 Detroit City FC NPSL 5 14,082 2,816
43 Pittsburgh Riverhounds USL PRO 7 19,265 2,752
44 Ottawa Fury NASL 5 13,418 2,684
45 Portland Timbers U-23s PDL 6 15,816 2,636
46 Richmond Kickers USL PRO 8 20,069 2,509
47 Fresno Fuego PDL 6 13,742 2,290
48 Wilmington Hammerheads FC USL PRO 8 18,169 2,271
49 Arizona United SC USL PRO 10 22,406 2,241
50 Chattanooga FC NPSL 3 6,467 2,156
51 Boston Breakers NWSL 9 18,297 2,033
52 FC Kansas City NWSL 9 18,122 2,014
53 Carolina Dynamo PDL 6 11,056 1,843
54 Harrisburg City Islanders USL PRO 8 14,112 1,764
55 Austin Aztex PDL 4 6,936 1,734
56 BYU Cougars PDL 6 10,140 1,690
57 Washington Spirit Reserves W-League 4 6,570 1,643
58 Sky Blue FC NWSL 9 13,143 1,460
59 Ventura County Fusion PDL 5 7,156 1,431
60 FC Tucson PDL 6 8,290 1,382
61 Victoria Highlanders FC PDL 7 9,201 1,314
62 Midland/Odessa Sockers FC PDL 7 7,838 1,120
63 Albuquerque Sol F.C. PDL 6 5,034 839
64 Charlotte Eagles USL PRO 8 6,348 794
65 W.Mass Pioneers PDL 5 3,863 773
66 Orange County Blues FC USL PRO 8 6,005 751
67 FC Buffalo NPSL 2 1,500 750
68 Forest City London PDL 6 4,129 688
69 LA Galaxy II USL PRO 10 6,866 687
70 Long Island Rough Riders PDL 6 4,077 680
71 Seattle Sounders Women W-League 6 3,955 659
72 Michigan Bucks PDL 4 2,538 635
73 Colorado Pride W-League 4 2,508 627
74 Laredo Heat PDL 5 3,115 623
75 Thunder Bay Chill PDL 6 3,691 615
76 Charlotte Lady Eagles W-League 3 1,846 615
77 Mississippi Brilla PDL 7 4,182 597
78 Santa Clarita Blue Heat W-League 6 3,461 577
79 Long Island Rough Riders W-League 5 2,668 534
80 Dayton Dutch Lions USL PRO 8 4,214 527
81 Sounders FC U23 PDL 5 2,353 471
82 Atlanta Silverbacks W-League 5 2,326 465
83 Kitsap Pumas PDL 7 3,242 463
84 Lane United FC PDL 5 2,317 463
85 Colorado Storm W-League 2 870 435
86 Ocala Stampede PDL 5 1,993 399
87 Chicago Inferno PDL 2 749 375
88 Las Vegas Mobsters PDL 3 1,125 375
89 SW Fla. Adrenaline PDL 2 724 362
90 FC Dallas Reserves USL PRO 2 716 358
91 Reading United AC PDL 6 1,937 323
92 Vermont Voltage PDL 4 1,200 300
93 San Jose Earthquakes PDL 3 871 290
94 Ocean City Nor’easters PDL 2 576 288
95 K-W United FC PDL 2 566 283
96 Colorado Rush W-League 3 820 273
97 Panama City Beach Pirates PDL 6 1,593 266
98 New Jersey Wildcats W-League 4 1,032 258
99 Cincinnati Dutch Lions PDL 7 1,754 251
100 CFC Azul PDL 4 1,000 250
101 GPS Portland Phoenix PDL 1 250 250
102 St. Louis Lions PDL 6 1,488 248
103 N.Virginia Royals PDL 3 736 245
104 So.California Seahorses PDL 5 1,155 231
105 Toronto Lynx PDL 5 1,150 230
106 Baltimore Bohemians PDL 7 1,523 218
107 LA Blues W-League 5 1,091 218
108 Real Colorado Foxes PDL 4 845 211
109 LA Misioneros FC PDL 4 800 200
110 Dayton Dutch Lions W-League 5 997 199
111 Ottawa Fury W-League 5 997 199
112 WSA Winnipeg PDL 6 1,185 198
113 Braddock Road Stars Elite W-League 4 786 197
114 F.A. Euro PDL 3 575 192
115 Real Boston Rams PDL 6 1,114 186
116 Sedona FC Strikers W-League 3 550 183
117 Laval Comets W-League 5 885 177
118 K-W United FC W-League 4 676 169
119 New York Magic W-League 6 1,008 168
120 SWVa King’s Warriors PDL 5 820 164
121 River City Rovers PDL 2 325 163
122 Carolina Elite Cobras W-League 4 636 159
123 Quebec Dynamo ARSQ W-League 5 776 155
124 Bay Area Breeze W-League 4 602 151
125 Jersey Express PDL 4 575 144
126 Seacoast United Phantoms PDL 6 850 142
127 West Virginia Chaos PDL 6 830 138
128 Puget Sound Gunners FC PDL 3 400 133
129 Houston Dutch Lions PDL 4 513 128
130 Toronto Lady Lynx W-League 6 750 125
131 North Jersey Valkyries W-League 5 608 122
132 Springfield Demize PDL 5 590 118
133 Gulf Coast Texans W-League 3 348 116
134 Montreal Impact U23 PDL 4 450 113
135 NJ LUSO Parma PDL 6 650 108
136 Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 PDL 4 410 103
137 Floridians F.C. PDL 2 197 99
138 IMG Academy Bradenton PDL 5 490 98
139 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 PDL 7 667 95
140 Washington Crossfire PDL 5 420 84
141 Westchester Flames PDL 7 520 74
142 Chicago Fire U-23 PDL 5 353 71
143 OC Pateadores Blues PDL 7 325 46
144 London Gryphons W-League 4 183 46

A FEW NOTES:

  • Chivas USA continues to slide into oblivion, drawing 4,201 for its game Saturday against Montreal, just over a month after announcing 5,231 against Philadelphia and an MLS-record low 3,702 against Portland. They’re a pretty safe bet to break the MLS record for lowest average announced attendance, currently held by the 2000 Miami Fusion (7,460) and to be only the second MLS team to go sub-10,000 in the last seven years (the Earthquakes- in their temporary facility – did so in 2010).
  • Sacramento Republic FC has moved from the 20k+ capacity Hughes Stadium to its own yard (capacity 8,000), so their numbers will be down, but they’re doing great. They should break Orlando’s Division III record for average (8,056) pretty easily.
  • The NASL’s Fall Season gets going this weekend, and Ottawa is hoping for a crowd of 15,000 for its first game at TD Place on the 20th. We’ll see. Tampa Bay drew an announced 4,105 and 3,033 over the weekend for friendlies against Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando City, respectively. And Minnesota United drew 8,059 for a friendly against Mexico’s U-21 team (what, El Tri‘s senior team wasn’t available?). And San Antonio drew 6,397 for a friendly against Monterrey on Sunday evening.
  • Fresno hosted a friendly between Mexican clubs America and Morelia last week, with the Fuego playing Ventura County as part of the doubleheader. The Mexican League friendly drew 13,013, but I’m not including that in the Fuego’s totals (they didn’t announce a figure for the PDL match) because that would be ridiculous.
  • FC Tucson of the PDL drew a club-record 2,983 for their match against Albuquerque on Friday, pushing their average to 1,382 for the season. At the other end of the PDL spectrum, FA Euro announced a crowd of 25 for its match Sunday against Long Island, while Vancouver’s U23 team is just trolling. They’ve announced a crowd of 77 for each of their last five home matches, after announcing 177 the match before that (and 105 for their opener). I’m missing 50 PDL games, but the league is right around its historical average (582 at the moment).
  • The National Women’s Soccer League projects out, if every team holds its average the rest of the way, to finish with a 4,068 average, just below last year’s 4,270. But considering WUSA’s attendance dropped 14% from year one to year two (2001-2002) and WPS’ dropped 23% from 2009-2010, that’s a sign of progress.

1987 World Series Replay – Game One

July 7th, 2014

1987 World SeriesFrom time to time, I like to replay World Series of the past using the APBA Baseball Game I played a lot as a teenager. I’ve previously done the 1953, 1982 and 1984 (with the Cubs playing the Tigers) series, and am adding a twist to this one: The St. Louis Cardinals were missing slugger Jack Clark (who’d been out with an ankle injury most of the time since early September) and got only spot duty from thirdbaseman Terry Pendleton (who pulled a ribcage muscle in the seventh game of the NLCS). In this replay, both will be fit and ready for action. In real life, the home team won every game of the 1987 World Series, with the Minnesota Twins capturing the last two at home in the Metrodome to win their first championship. The Game One story is after the jump.
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What Are The Highest Scoring Soccer Leagues In North America?

July 3rd, 2014

The ongoing FIFA World CupTM has a very good chance to be the highest-scoring tournament since France 1998 (we only need nine goals in the final eight games of the competition to surpass Japan/Korea 2002), with an average so far of 2.7 goals per game.

Number of goals scored per game at the World Cup

How does that compare to the various pro and amateur leagues here in the US, Canada and Mexico? Here’s a chart of the latest information I have about goal-scoring in several North American Leagues (in each case, it’s either their current season or the most recent completed one):

League G Goals Avg.
NPSL 383 1,469 3.84
W-League 109 354 3.25
PDL 318 974 3.06
NASL 45 133 2.96
NWSL 68 196 2.88
MLS 149 416 2.79
USL Pro 116 316 2.72
Liga Ascenso 105 272 2.59
Liga MX 153 391 2.56
TOTAL 1,446 4,521 3.13

NOTES:

  • Now before you go thinking “Boy, NPSL games must be really exciting!” you should know that their gaudy goal-scoring average is boosted by several blowouts. There have been 28 games (7 percent of the total) decided by 6 or more goals in the NPSL this season, including the expansion BCS Clash getting hammered 13-0 (twice), 12-0, 11-0, 11-1, 10-1, 9-1 and 11-2.
  • In fact, amateur leagues hold the top three spots, which makes sense, as defending – and competitive balance – in amateur leagues is notoriously slipshod. The second-division NASL is the highest-scoring pro league at 2.96 goals per game, with the women’s NWSL just a shade behind at 2.88.
  • Major League Soccer’s current goals per game of 2.79 is higher than any of Europe’s top leagues except for Germany’s Bundesliga (which featured 3.16 goals per game last season) and comparable to England’s EPL (2.77), Spain’s La Liga (2.75) and Italy’s Serie A (2.72). France’s Ligue 1 would be at the bottom of the table in this quick study (merci!) as only 2.45 goals per game were scored in their matches last season.
  • Obviously, goal-scoring isn’t everything (if it were, indoor soccer would be huge), but I just thought it would be interesting to compare the various leagues.