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  • MLS Attendance Up 6% Before World Cup Break; Toronto FC Up 18% At BMO Field

    MLS saw a 6% year-over-year average attendance increase heading into the league’s break for the FIFA World Cup, with clubs averaging 18,497 fans per match. Four years ago, MLS was averaging 16,472 fans per game before the break for the ’10 World Cup in South Africa. However, the league was still without franchises in Montreal, Vancouver and Portland -- clubs that each now rank in the top seven in MLS attendance. The Sounders have continued their dominating lead among MLS clubs at the gate, with 40,091 fans per game at CenturyLink Field. However, that figure is down 3% from the same point last season. Toronto FC has moved into the No. 2 spot with 22,591 fans per game, up 18%. DC United leads all clubs with a 22% increase, while the Fire are up 21%. The Impact are seeing the sharpest drop to date, down 10%. The low attendance for Chivas USA continues, with the club now averaging only 7,504 fans per game, down 9%. Following the '10 World Cup, MLS saw a 2% attendance increase (THE DAILY).

    MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH JUNE 18
    TEAM
    GAMES
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GAMES ('13)
    Sounders
    8
    320,728
    40,091
    104.7%
    41,502
    -3.4%
    6
    Toronto FC
    6
    135,546
    22,591
    104.6%
    19,134
    18.1%
    7
    Whitecaps
    6
    126,000
    21,000
    100.0%
    19,466
    7.9%
    8
    Timbers
    9
    187,326
    20,814
    100.7%
    20,674
    0.7%
    7
    Galaxy
    5
    101,862
    20,372
    75.5%
    21,661
    -5.9%
    6
    Real Salt Lake
    7
    140,962
    20,137
    100.6%
    18,385
    9.5%
    8
    Impact*
    7
    138,398
    19,771
    53.8%
    22,032
    -10.3%
    6
    Sporting K.C.
    8
    157,716
    19,715
    106.8%
    19,426
    1.5%
    8
    Dynamo
    8
    155,498
    19,437
    88.4%
    19,098
    1.8%
    7
    Union
    7
    125,835
    17,976
    97.2%
    17,299
    3.9%
    7
    Red Bulls
    6
    107,102
    17,850
    70.8%
    17,517
    1.9%
    8
    DC United
    9
    151,466
    16,830
    72.0%
    13,772
    22.2%
    8
    FC Dallas
    9
    148,131
    16,459
    81.1%
    14,898
    10.5%
    8
    Fire
    7
    109,222
    15,603
    78.0%
    12,919
    20.8%
    7
    Revolution
    6
    91,000
    15,167
    75.8%
    13,670
    11.0%
    8
    Crew
    7
    99,931
    14,276
    70.9%
    13,366
    6.8%
    7
    Rapids
    8
    112,258
    14,032
    80.5%
    14,702
    -4.6%
    8
    Earthquakes
    7
    72,538
    10,363
    98.5%
    10,409
    -0.4%
    8
    Chivas USA
    7
    52,526
    7,504
    27.8%
    8,201
    -8.5%
    7
    MLS TOTALS
    137
    2,534,045
    18,497
    82.2%
    17,439
    6.1%
    139
                   

    NOTE: * = Played its first three games this season and first two games last season at Olympic Stadium. 

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