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MLS Attendance Down 3% To Date; Chivas USA Seeing 34% Drop At StubHub Center

MLS teams are averaging 18,076 fans per game through Aug. 1, down 3% compared to the same period last year. The league is still seeing a drop for the season, but attendance has recovered somewhat from early May, when the average was down around 8%. Chivas USA continues to see a sharp drop at StubHub Center, with average attendance down 34%. The club is well under 10,000 fans per game, with capacity only at 46%. Also seeing double-digit percentage drops at home are the Fire and Impact. FC Dallas and the Revolution are seeing the biggest gains to date, up 11% and 10%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance through Aug. 1, with comparisons to the same period last season (THE DAILY).

MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUG. 1
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('12)
Sounders
9
365,848
40,650
105.6%
39,537
2.8%
10
Galaxy
10
217,644
21,764
80.6%
22,729
-4.2%
11
Impact (a)
11
230,531
20,957
76.7%
24,052
-12.9%
12
Timbers
9
186,066
20,674
101.2%
20,438
1.2%
11
Whitecaps
11
219,432
19,948
95.0%
19,384
2.9%
11
Dynamo (b)
10
199,064
19,906
90.3%
21,045
-5.4%
10
Sporting KC
11
216,801
19,709
106.7%
19,286
2.2%
11
Toronto FC
11
213,910
19,446
89.0%
19,089
1.9%
11
Real Salt Lake
11
207,208
18,837
93.2%
18,680
0.8%
13
Red Bulls
11
201,455
18,314
73.3%
17,720
3.4%
10
Union
11
192,231
17,476
94.5%
18,418
-5.1%
10
FC Dallas
11
174,136
15,831
77.2%
14,221
11.3%
13
Rapids
12
180,311
15,026
86.2%
15,060
-0.2%
11
Crew
10
147,558
14,756
73.2%
14,858
-0.7%
9
Earthquakes (c)
11
154,350
14,032
99.4%
14,802
-5.2%
11
Fire
11
151,524
13,775
68.9%
15,543
-11.4%
10
Revolution
10
137,445
13,745
68.7%
12,455
10.4%
10
DC United
11
150,572
13,688
69.7%
14,132
-3.1%
10
Chivas USA
10
87,150
8,715
46.4%
13,191
-33.9%
11
MLS TOTALS
201
3,633,236
18,076
84.3%
18,645
-3.1%
205
               

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. (a) = Played its first two games at Olympic Stadium this season and five games last season. (b) = Played first game at new BBVA Compass Stadium in May '12. (c) = Includes designated Earthquakes home games played at AT&T Park last season and Stanford Stadium in both seasons.

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