2010 Sounders – The Power of Scarcity and Supply & Demand

Remember back to just before the 2009 MLS season started.  There was a buzz around the Sounders.  At first we weren't sure what to expect.  A sold out Thursday night opening match was electric.  More games sold out.  Tickets were impossible to come by.  More seats opened up.  More sell outs.  Barcelona, Chels…

Connecting Desperate Housewives to the Health of the MLS

Fine, it's a leap, but a fun one.  Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria married San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker a few years back.  One of Parker's Groomsmen was fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry.  Now there's word that Monsieur Henry will be heading across the pond to join the New York Red Bulls after the World Cup. Let's look at …

A Question for the MLS

It's the Wednesday night before the Sweet 16.  Since I don't watch the NBA anymore, and baseball is still in Spring Training, I look at my cable box and shrug.  No sports to watch, and no reason to even turn on Sports Center.  I have NCAA Analysis burnout - I'm just ready for the Thursday games.  It's a shame that there isn't an…

Did FC Barcelona Force Sounders FC Into Their First Marketing Non-Win?

If you've read this blog a few times, you know that I have unabashedly praised the management of Sounders FC since Day 1.  I admit I'm a little biased due to my previous professional relationship with a person in a high level of management there, plus my overall interest in soccer.  But I have objective arguments for how much I …

Non-Sounders MLS Game, A Review

Ok, I'll admit I've crossed over into soccer nerd-dom.  I actually consciously and purposely sat down on my couch to watch an MLS game that didn't involve the Sounders. In my defense, the game that drew my interest tonight involved the team ahead of the Sounders in the standings (Houston Dynamo), and the team the Sounders play in the US Open C…

Fun Stats With the MLS

It's Sunday and about 122 degrees in Seattle, so with time to goof around, I thought I'd do some quick stats analysis on the MLS Playoff race. In the East, it looks like everyone but New York is still in the hunt, as the other 6 teams have between 21 and 30 points. In baseball terms, that means the 6th place team is 3 games back with 13 to play. So…

Chelsea v Seattle – What to look for

I've been asked a bunch by my non-soccer fans what to expect from today's friendly vs Chelsea.  Here are a few thoughts about what "success" looks like, in no particular order. A sellout crowd - Weekend afternoons in July are a premium in Seattle, especially sunny 90 degree ones.  So to get 65,000 people to spend one of them watching an …