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  • MLS Seeing Attendance Down Nearly 8%; Impact, Chivas USA Down Sharply At Home

    MLS teams are averaging 16,890 fans per game through May 9, down around 8% from the same period last season. MLS finished last year with a league-record average of 18,807. Sounders FC continues to lead all clubs with 39,157 fans per game, up just over 1%. During its second season in MLS, the Impact are seeing a 26% drop at the gate. The sharpest decline belongs to Chivas USA, whose attendance at Home Depot Center is down 38% to date. Also seeing double-digit percentage declines are the Fire and Earthquakes. The Revolution are seeing the biggest increase at the gate, up 25% at Gillette Stadium. FC Dallas also is seeing a double-digit percentage gain, up 14% to date. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for MLS clubs through May 9, with comparisons to the same period last season (THE DAILY).

    MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 9
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('12)
    Sounders FC
    3
    117,471
    39,157
    101.7%
    38,626
    1.4%
    6
    Impact*
    4
    100,512
    25,128
    64.0%
    33,752
    -25.6%
    3
    Galaxy
    5
    105,156
    21,031
    77.9%
    23,197
    -9.3%
    6
    Timbers
    5
    103,370
    20,674
    101.2%
    20,438
    1.2%
    5
    Whitecaps
    4
    77,657
    19,414
    92.4%
    18,615
    4.3%
    5
    Toronto FC
    5
    96,439
    19,288
    88.2%
    19,022
    1.4%
    5
    Sporting KC
    6
    115,064
    19,177
    103.8%
    19,017
    0.8%
    5
    Dynamo**
    5
    92,643
    18,529
    84.1%
    n/a
    n/a
    0
    Real Salt Lake
    5
    90,764
    18,153
    89.8%
    18,344
    -1.0%
    6
    Union
    4
    69,375
    17,344
    93.8%
    18,343
    -5.4%
    4
    Red Bulls
    5
    80,105
    16,021
    64.1%
    16,204
    -1.1%
    5
    FC Dallas
    6
    89,795
    14,966
    73.0%
    13,168
    13.6%
    7
    DC United
    5
    68,590
    13,718
    69.8%
    13,751
    -0.2%
    6
    Rapids
    5
    66,843
    13,369
    73.9%
    14,505
    -7.8%
    4
    Crew
    4
    52,931
    13,233
    65.7%
    13,043
    1.5%
    4
    Revolution
    4
    48,922
    12,231
    61.2%
    9,821
    24.5%
    3
    Fire
    4
    48,335
    12,084
    60.4%
    14,069
    -14.1%
    4
    Earthquakes
    7
    72,747
    10,392
    98.7%
    12,360
    -15.9%
    5
    Chivas USA
    5
    40,227
    8,045
    42.8%
    12,868
    -37.5%
    5
    MLS TOTALS
    91
    1,536,946
    16,890
    79.1%
    18,396
    -8.2%
    88
     

    NOTES: All MLS attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Played its first two home games at Olympic Stadium this season and five games at the venue last season. ** = Played first game at new BBVA Compass Stadium May 12, 2012.

     

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