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MLS Attendance Up 7% To Date, With Six Clubs Seeing Double-Digit Percentage Gains

MLS teams are seeing a 7% attendance bump early in the season, fueled by double-digit percentage gains for six clubs. The league average is 18,479 per game, up from 17,259 at the same point last season. Sounders FC continues to dominate all teams at the gate, drawing 40,212 fans per game. That figure is up 3% to date. The Fire lead all teams in gains (+24%), followed by Toronto FC (+18%) and the Crew (+15%). DC United is seeing the sharpest drop among all clubs, down 13.1% at RFK Stadium. Chivas USA still has the lowest draw among MLS clubs at 8,719 per game and is the only club drawing a four-figure average (THE DAILY).

MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 19
TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GAMES ('13)
Sounders FC
7
281,483
40,212
105.0%
39,066
2.9%
5
Galaxy
2
46,481
23,241
86.1%
21,031
10.5%
5
Toronto FC
4
90,364
22,591
104.6%
19,120
18.2%
6
Impact*
5
106,195
21,239
49.3%
23,018
-7.7%
5
Whitecaps
5
105,000
21,000
100.0%
19,913
5.5%
6
Timbers
7
145,688
20,813
100.7%
20,674
0.7%
6
Real Salt Lake
5
99,993
19,999
100.0%
18,153
10.2%
5
Sporting K.C.
6
118,581
19,764
107.0%
19,177
3.1%
6
Dynamo
7
137,102
19,586
89.0%
19,098
2.6%
7
Union
6
106,992
17,832
96.4%
17,497
1.9%
6
Red Bulls
5
87,589
17,518
69.5%
17,554
-0.2%
6
FC Dallas
7
116,240
16,606
81.8%
14,874
11.6%
7
Fire
5
75,319
15,064
75.3%
12,108
24.4%
5
Crew
5
73,520
14,704
73.0%
12,840
14.5%
5
Revolution
4
53,461
13,365
66.8%
13,072
2.2%
5
Rapids
5
63,770
12,754
73.2%
13,369
-4.6%
5
DC United
6
71,453
11,909
60.6%
13,700
-13.1%
6
Earthquakes**
6
62,013
10,336
98.2%
10,409
-0.7%
8
Chivas USA
5
43,593
8,719
32.3%
8,059
8.2%
6
MLS TOTALS
102
1,884,837
18,479
81.9%
17,259
7.1%
110
               

NOTES: * = Played its first three games at Olympic Stadium this season and two games last season. ** = Includes designated Earthquakes home games played at Stanford Stadium in both seasons and a game played at Levi's Stadium this season.

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