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MLS Attendance Up 4% At All-Star Break; Chivas USA Figure At New Low

MLS teams are averaging 18,867 fans per game heading into tonight's All-Star Game, up 4% from the same period last season. The Sounders' average of 42,424 leads all teams, with the closest figure almost 20,000 fans fewer. Toronto FC has moved into the No. 2 spot this season, as attendance at BMO Field has jumped 16% to date. The Earthquakes and DC United lead all teams in gains, with both clubs seeing a 22% increase. The Impact continue to slide down the attendance rankings. After finishing third in the club's debut MLS season in '12, the team now ranks 10th, with attendance down 12% this season. Chivas USA also continues to rank last in attendance, with the team's figure down 24% to date. The current figure of 6,637 would mark a new low for the club (THE DAILY).

MLS ATTENDANCE THROUGH ALL-STAR BREAK
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GAMES ('13)
Sounders
10
424,239
42,424
110.8%
40,521
4.7%
10
Toronto FC
10
225,910
22,591
104.6%
19,446
16.2%
11
Whitecaps
10
209,883
20,988
99.9%
19,948
5.2%
11
Timbers
11
228,954
20,814
100.7%
20,674
0.7%
10
Galaxy
9
186,574
20,730
76.8%
21,764
-4.8%
10
Real Salt Lake
11
222,433
20,221
101.1%
18,837
7.3%
11
Sporting K.C.
11
221,385
20,126
109.0%
19,842
1.4%
12
Dynamo
11
217,940
19,813
90.1%
19,916
-0.5%
11
Red Bulls
10
185,169
18,517
73.4%
18,314
1.1%
11
Impact*
11
203,685
18,517
59.8%
20,957
-11.6%
11
Union
9
163,055
18,117
97.9%
17,544
3.3%
12
FC Dallas
11
184,864
16,806
82.8%
15,831
6.2%
11
Earthquakes**
12
201,473
16,789
98.8%
13,740
22.2%
12
DC United
12
198,291
16,524
73.6%
13,577
21.7%
12
Crew
10
155,303
15,530
77.1%
14,756
5.2%
10
Fire
11
167,699
15,245
76.2%
13,775
10.7%
11
Revolution
10
151,262
15,126
75.6%
13,544
11.7%
11
Rapids
12
177,874
14,823
85.1%
15,163
-2.2%
13
Chivas USA
10
66,367
6,637
24.6%
8,715
-23.8%
10
MLS TOTALS
201
3,792,360
18,867
84.3%
18,115
4.2%
210
 

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

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