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MLS Attendance Remains Up Over 5% Heading Into Final Month Of Season

MLS clubs are averaging 18,501 fans per game with about a month left in the regular season, up 5.4% from the same point in '11. Sounders FC maintains its big lead over the rest of the league with 42,379 fans per game, up 14.7% from last year. The Impact have moved into second place in attendance with 23,107 fans per game during the club's inaugural MLS season. Despite being on the outside of the playoff bubble, the Crew are seeing the league's largest jump in attendance, up 26.6%. Meanwhile, the Dynamo's first season at BBVA Compass Stadium has also led to a 23.3% jump in attendance for the club. DC United and Toronto FC are seeing the sharpest drops at the gate (THE DAILY).

MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH SEPT. 18
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('11)
Sounders FC
13
550,930
42,379
119.4%
36,932
14.7%
15
Impact*
15
346,605
23,107
70.2%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Galaxy
14
312,319
22,309
82.6%
22,846
-2.4%
15
Dynamo**
14
291,440
20,817
94.5%
16,882
23.3%
15
Timbers
15
306,570
20,438
100.0%
18,740
9.1%
15
Whitecaps
13
252,312
19,409
92.4%
20,542
-5.5%
12
Sporting K.C.
15
289,436
19,296
104.5%
17,589
9.7%
14
Real Salt Lake
15
283,451
18,897
93.6%
17,194
9.9%
15
Toronto FC
15
277,198
18,480
85.2%
20,187
-8.5%
15
Union
13
237,602
18,277
98.8%
18,217
0.3%
15
Red Bulls
13
229,103
17,623
70.5%
18,864
-6.6%
13
Fire
14
223,383
15,956
79.8%
14,106
13.1%
14
Rapids
14
209,638
14,974
82.8%
14,584
2.7%
14
Crew
13
186,967
14,382
71.4%
11,359
26.6%
15
FC Dallas
16
225,585
14,099
68.8%
13,171
7.0%
15
Earthquakes***
14
194,612
13,901
98.4%
12,021
15.6%
15
DC United
15
203,965
13,598
69.2%
15,024
-9.5%
12
Chivas USA
14
185,992
13,285
70.7%
14,248
-6.8%
14
Revolution
15
188,127
12,542
62.7%
12,739
-1.6%
14
MLS TOTALS
270
4,995,235
18,501
85.1%
17,553
5.4%
257
 

NOTES: * = The expansion club played its first five games at Olympic Stadium this season before moving to a renovated Saputo Stadium. ** = Played at new BBVA Compass Stadium after playing in Robertson Stadium last year. *** = Includes game against Dynamo at AT&T Park in March and game against Galaxy at Stanford Stadium in June.

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