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  • MLS Attendance Up 6% Through May 16; FC Dallas Up Nearly 53% At Home

    MLS teams are averaging 17,141 fans per game through May 16, up about 6% from the same period a year ago. The Sounders continue to lead all clubs with 36,350 fans per game at Qwest Field. Both participants in last year's MLS Cup are seeing big gains at the gate, with the defending-champion Rapids up 26% and runner-up FC Dallas up a league-leading 52.5%. The Galaxy are also seeing strong growth, up 26% at The Home Depot Center. MLS attendance has also been boosted by the addition of the Whitecaps and Timbers this season, who rank third and fifth, respectively, to start their inaugural seasons. The Crew are seeing a sharp drop in Columbus this season, down 23%. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for MLS clubs through May 16, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

    MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 16
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10)
    Sounders FC
    5
    181,750
    36,350
    148.4%
    36,145
    0.6%
    5
    Galaxy
    5
    122,480
    24,496
    90.7%
    19,397
    26.3%
    5
    Whitecaps
    6
    119,821
    19,970
    95.1%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Toronto FC
    7
    136,898
    19,557
    97.8%
    20,144
    -2.9%
    3
    Timbers
    4
    74,508
    18,627
    100.0%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Union^
    5
    90,224
    18,045
    97.5%
    29,954
    -39.8%
    2
    Red Bulls
    5
    85,955
    17,191
    68.8%
    17,940
    -4.2%
    4
    Real Salt Lake
    4
    66,686
    16,672
    82.5%
    14,950
    11.5%
    4
    DC United
    6
    98,063
    16,344
    34.8%
    14,954
    9.3%
    5
    Dynamo
    5
    80,391
    16,078
    50.2%
    15,754
    2.1%
    5
    Chivas USA
    4
    58,592
    14,648
    54.3%
    14,555
    0.6%
    4
    FC Dallas
    6
    85,549
    14,258
    69.6%
    9,352
    52.5%
    4
    Fire
    4
    54,513
    13,628
    68.1%
    14,937
    -8.8%
    3
    Rapids
    4
    52,970
    13,243
    73.2%
    10,484
    26.3%
    3
    Revolution
    6
    65,353
    10,892
    54.5%
    10,120
    7.6%
    5
    Crew
    5
    50,996
    10,199
    50.6%
    13,271
    -23.1%
    4
    Earthquakes
    5
    49,396
    9,879
    94.1%
    9,514
    3.8%
    4
    Sporting KC*
    0
    ---
    ---
    ---
    9,703
    ---
    4
    TOTALS
    86
    1,474,145
    17,141
    73.2%
    16,181
    5.9%
    64
                   

    NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. ^ = The Union played two games at Lincoln Financial Field last season before moving into their current venue, PPL Park. * = Sporting KC has not played any homes games to date because their new Livestrong Sporting Park is under construction. The venue is set to open on June 9 with a home game against the Fire. Last season, the team played its home games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

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