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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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