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MLS Attendance Jumps 7.2% With Two Expansion Clubs, New Sporting K.C. Venue

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MLS attendance jumped 7.2% during the '11 regular season, fueled by two expansion franchises and Sporting KC's move to a new soccer-specific venue. The expansion Whitecaps and Timbers ranked third and sixth, respectively, in league home attendance during their inaugural seasons. Sporting KC saw attendance jump 73.1% during their first season at Livestrong Sporting Park, ranking the club eighth overall. The Sounders once again led all clubs by a wide margin for the third consecutive season with 36,173 fans per game, up 6.4% from last year. The Rapids, FC Dallas and Earthquakes also saw double-digit percentage gains in home attendance. The Crew and Fire saw the sharpest drops this season, down 16.8% and 9.7%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the '11 MLS regular season, with comparisons to '10 (THE DAILY).

MLS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10)
Sounders FC
17
654,431
38,496
104.2%
36,173
6.4%
15
Galaxy
17
396,693
23,335
86.4%
21,437
8.9%
15
Whitecaps
17
346,909
20,406
97.2%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Toronto FC
17
344,535
20,267
101.3%
20,453
-0.9%
15
Red Bulls
17
335,740
19,749
79.0%
18,441
7.1%
15
Timbers
17
320,051
18,827
100.0%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Union*
17
310,401
18,259
98.7%
19,254
-5.2%
15
Sporting KC**
17
302,776
17,810
96.4%
10,287
73.1%
15
Dynamo
17
300,796
17,694
55.3%
17,310
2.2%
15
Real Salt Lake
17
299,047
17,591
87.0%
17,095
2.9%
15
DC United
17
258,332
15,196
34.4%
14,532
4.6%
15
Rapids
17
252,248
14,838
82.0%
13,329
11.3%
15
Chivas USA
17
252,102
14,830
54.9%
14,576
1.7%
15
Fire
17
242,648
14,273
71.4%
15,814
-9.7%
15
Revolution
17
224,770
13,222
66.1%
12,987
1.8%
15
FC Dallas
17
218,636
12,861
62.7%
10,815
18.9%
15
Crew
17
207,147
12,185
60.5%
14,642
-16.8%
15
Earthquakes***
17
201,587
11,858
92.5%
9,659
22.8%
15
MLS TOTALS
306
5,468,849
17,872
76.5%
16,675
7.2%
240
               

NOTES: * = The Union played their first two games at Lincoln Financial Field last season before moving into their current venue, 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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