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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 24HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('08)Sounders FC12364,94930,412102.5%n/an/an/aToronto FC12243,69120,308101.5%20,1730.7%11
Galaxy10193,79419,37971.8%25,648-24.4%11 Real Salt Lake (a)11178,34416,21381.0%14,8559.1%11 Chivas USA10161,06816,10759.7%15,2535.6%11 Dynamo12191,25515,93849.8%15,7011.5%10 D.C. United10158,87315,88734.0%19,746-19.5%11 Earthquakes (b)12181,64415,13772.4%15,986-5.3%9 Revolution10141,88014,18870.9%16,615-14.6%10 Fire11153,03113,91269.6%17,339-19.8%10 Crew11150,25813,66067.8%13,5690.7%11 Rapids11140,47612,77170.6%13,628-6.3%11 Red Bulls11134,51812,22946.1%16,376-25.3%11 Wizards10100,18910,01996.5%9,6194.2%10 FC Dallas11101,5159,22945.0%14,420-36.0%10 MLS TOTALS1642,595,48515,82666.2%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).