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

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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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