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MLS Attendance Up 6.3%, Impact Ranking Second During Inaugural Season

MLS teams are averaging 18,655 fans per game this season to date, up 6.3% from the same period last year. The league has been given a boost from the expansion Impact, who rank second in home attendance with 36,498 fans per game. Sounders FC continues to lead all clubs with 38,672 fans per game, up 6.6% from the same point last season. The Dynamo, who recently moved into new BBVA Compass Stadium, are seeing attendance up 25.1% over last year. Also seeing big gains are the Crew, Earthquakes, Rapids, Timbers and Real Salt Lake. Chivas USA and DC United are seeing the sharpest drops to date, down 19.1% and 17.1%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for MLS through May 25, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 25
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('11)
Sounders FC
8
309,378
38,672
108.9%
36,268
6.6%
7
Impact
5
182,488
36,498
62.9%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Galaxy
7
155,694
22,242
82.4%
22,823
-2.5%
6
Dynamo
2
44,078
22,039
100.2%
17,618
25.1%
6
Timbers
6
122,628
20,438
100.6%
18,627
9.7%
5
Toronto FC
5
95,109
19,022
87.7%
19,557
-2.7%
7
Sporting K.C.*
5
95,087
19,017
103.0%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Whitecaps
6
114,074
19,012
90.5%
19,970
-4.8%
6
Real Salt Lake
6
110,062
18,344
90.9%
16,659
10.1%
4
Union
5
91,563
18,313
99.0%
18,101
1.2%
6
Red Bulls
6
94,939
15,823
63.3%
17,339
-8.7%
6
Rapids
5
73,288
14,658
81.0%
13,314
10.1%
5
Chivas USA
6
83,138
13,856
51.3%
17,118
-19.1%
5
Fire
6
82,380
13,730
68.7%
13,628
0.7%
4
DC United
8
108,386
13,548
69.0%
16,344
-17.1%
6
FC Dallas
8
105,451
13,181
64.3%
13,728
-4.0%
7
Crew
5
63,290
12,658
62.8%
10,199
24.1%
5
Earthquakes**
7
81,677
11,668
96.3%
9,855
18.4%
6
Revolution
5
57,989
11,598
58.0%
10,892
6.5%
6
MLS Totals
111
2,070,699
18,655
79.7%
17,546
6.3%
97
 

NOTES: All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Sporting K.C. moved to the new Livestrong Sporting Park in June '11. ** = Includes a designated Earthquakes home game vs. the Dynamo at AT&T Park in March.
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