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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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