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  • MLS Attendance Up 6.3% To Date; Whitecaps, Timbers Continue Strong Debut Seasons

    MLS clubs are averaging 17,526 fans per game this season to date, up 6.3% from the same period last year. The Sounders continue to lead all teams by a wide margin with 37,189 fans per game, up 2.9% at CenturyLink Field. The expansion Whitecaps and Timbers rank third and fifth, respectively, in league attendance. Sporting KC is benefiting from a move to the new Livestrong Sporting Park, with attendance up 81% to date. The Red Bulls, FC Dallas and Earthquakes also are seeing double-digit percentage increases. The Crew continue to see the sharpest drop in MLS, down 22.7% this season in Columbus. Listed below is club-by-club attendance for MLS through July 18, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

    MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH JULY 18
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10)
    Sounders
    11
    409,077
    37,189
    104.8%
    36,140
    2.9%
    9
    Galaxy
    10
    226,411
    22,641
    83.9%
    20,687
    9.4%
    7
    Whitecaps
    9
    180,068
    20,008
    95.3%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Toronto FC
    11
    218,637
    19,876
    99.4%
    20,588
    -3.5%
    8
    Timbers
    10
    186,270
    18,627
    100.0%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Red Bulls
    10
    183,099
    18,310
    73.2%
    16,277
    12.5%
    8
    Union*
    9
    163,590
    18,177
    98.3%
    22,619
    -19.6%
    5
    Sporting KC**
    5
    90,535
    18,107
    98.1%
    10,006
    81.0%
    8
    Dynamo
    11
    185,918
    16,902
    52.8%
    16,003
    5.6%
    9
    Real Salt Lake
    10
    162,325
    16,233
    80.3%
    16,277
    -0.3%
    8
    DC United
    9
    141,267
    15,696
    33.4%
    14,949
    5.0%
    9
    Chivas USA
    11
    162,089
    14,735
    54.6%
    14,451
    2.0%
    7
    Rapids
    10
    145,324
    14,532
    80.4%
    13,589
    6.9%
    7
    Fire
    9
    128,630
    14,292
    71.5%
    14,778
    -3.3%
    7
    FC Dallas
    12
    158,888
    13,241
    64.6%
    11,231
    17.9%
    8
    Earthquakes***
    10
    130,096
    13,010
    90.0%
    9,515
    36.7%
    7
    Revolution
    10
    121,486
    12,149
    60.7%
    11,797
    3.0%
    8
    Crew
    10
    108,455
    10,846
    53.8%
    14,028
    -22.7%
    9
    MLS Totals
    177
    3,102,165
    17,526
    74.0%
    16,482
    6.3%
    124
     
     

    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 their first two games at Lincoln Financial Field last season before moving into PPL Park. ** = Sporting KC moved to Livestrong Sporting Park this season, having relocated from CommunityAmerica Ballpark after the '10 season. *** = Includes a designated Earthquakes home game against the Red Bulls played at Stanford Stadium in July.

     

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