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  • Turnstile Tracker: MLS Attendance Off 3.6% Through August 24

    MLS attendance is down 3.6% through August 24 but has made strides since the All-Star break, when attendance was off 5.5%. The expansion Sounders FC continue to lead the league at over 30,000 fans per game. Second-year club Toronto FC also continues to pack home games at BMO Field, as the venue has been filled to 101.5% capacity. Despite a strong record, the Fire are off 19.8% at Toyota Park and are one of six clubs seeing double-digit drops in average attendance. The chart below lists team-by-team attendance for MLS, with comparisons to the same period in '08 (THE DAILY).

    MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUGUST 24
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('08)
    Sounders FC
    12
    364,949
    30,412
    102.5%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Toronto FC
    12
    243,691
    20,308
    101.5%
    20,173
    0.7%
    11
    Galaxy
    10
    193,794
    19,379
    71.8%
    25,648
    -24.4%
    11
    Real Salt Lake (a)
    11
    178,344
    16,213
    81.0%
    14,855
    9.1%
    11
    Chivas USA
    10
    161,068
    16,107
    59.7%
    15,253
    5.6%
    11
    Dynamo
    12
    191,255
    15,938
    49.8%
    15,701
    1.5%
    10
    D.C. United
    10
    158,873
    15,887
    34.0%
    19,746
    -19.5%
    11
    Earthquakes (b)
    12
    181,644
    15,137
    72.4%
    15,986
    -5.3%
    9
    Revolution
    10
    141,880
    14,188
    70.9%
    16,615
    -14.6%
    10
    Fire
    11
    153,031
    13,912
    69.6%
    17,339
    -19.8%
    10
    Crew
    11
    150,258
    13,660
    67.8%
    13,569
    0.7%
    11
    Rapids
    11
    140,476
    12,771
    70.6%
    13,628
    -6.3%
    11
    Red Bulls
    11
    134,518
    12,229
    46.1%
    16,376
    -25.3%
    11
    Wizards
    10
    100,189
    10,019
    96.5%
    9,619
    4.2%
    10
    FC Dallas
    11
    101,515
    9,229
    45.0%
    14,420
    -36.0%
    10
    MLS TOTALS
    164
    2,595,485
    15,826
    66.2%
    16,412
    -3.6%
    147

    NOTES: (a) = Home games played at both Rice-Eccles Stadium and Rio Tinto Stadium in '08. (b) = Includes two designated Earthquakes home games played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (posted attendance of 15,862 and 17,128), as well as a game against the Crew at Candlestick Park on August 8 which was part of a doubleheader featuring FC Barcelona and Mexican club Chivas de Guadalajara (posted attendance 61,572).

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