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MLS Sets New Regular Season Attendance Record, Despite Low Figure For Chivas USA

MLS set new total and average attendance records during the ’14 regular season, despite now-defunct Chivas USA having the lowest figure on record for any MLS club. The league’s 19 clubs averaged 19,148 fans per game, up 3% from last season and ahead of the previous record set in ’12 (18,807). Gains this season were fueled by big increases for DC United, Toronto FC, the Earthquakes and Revolution -- three of which do not yet play in soccer-specific venues. The FIFA World Cup also may have led to a second-half gain for the league, with attendance up 6% after the event. DC United, which went from the worst record in the league last year to an Eastern Conference title this season, saw attendance rise a league-best 25% at RFK Stadium. Toronto FC also saw strong gains with the additions of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe, with attendance up 22% at BMO Field, despite the team missing the playoffs once again. Sounders FC led all teams again by a wide margin, with an average of 43,734 at CenturyLink Field. Chivas USA set an all-time low for an MLS club with an average of 8,366 fans per game (-16%). The Impact also saw a 15% drop at Saputo Stadium. Listed below is a year-by-year attendance trend for MLS, along with team-by-team attendance for the ’14 season (THE DAILY).

MLS REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE TREND
YEAR
GAMES
AVERAGE
'14
323
19,148
'13
323
18,611
'12
323
18,807
'11
306
17,872
'10
240
16,675
'09
225
16,040
'08
210
16,460
'07
195
16,770
'06
192
15,504
'05
192
15,108
'04
150
15,559
'03
150
14,898
'02
140
15,821
'01
158
14,961
'00
192
13,756
'99
192
14,282
'98
192
14,312
'97
160
14,603
'96
160
17,406
'14 MLS REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('13)
Sounders FC
17
743,485
43,734
114.2%
44,038
-0.7%
17
Toronto FC
17
375,463
22,086
102.3%
18,131
21.8%
17
Galaxy
17
361,392
21,258
78.7%
22,152
-4.0%
17
Timbers
17
353,838
20,814
100.7%
20,674
0.7%
17
Whitecaps
17
346,943
20,408
97.2%
20,097
1.5%
17
Real Salt Lake
17
345,971
20,351
101.7%
19,218
5.9%
17
Dynamo
17
341,994
20,117
91.4%
19,923
1.0%
17
Sporting K.C.
17
340,058
20,003
108.3%
19,709
1.5%
17
Red Bulls
17
330,162
19,421
77.0%
19,461
-0.2%
17
Union
17
299,730
17,631
95.3%
17,867
-1.3%
17
Impact*
17
296,159
17,421
63.7%
20,603
-15.4%
17
DC United**
17
289,506
17,030
78.8%
13,646
24.8%
17
Crew
17
286,976
16,881
84.5%
16,080
5.0%
17
FC Dallas
17
285,880
16,816
82.9%
15,373
9.4%
17
Revolution
17
283,583
16,681
83.4%
14,844
12.4%
17
Fire
17
273,293
16,076
80.4%
15,228
5.6%
17
Rapids
17
256,206
15,071
86.5%
15,440
-2.4%
17
Earthquakes***
17
254,098
14,947
99.0%
12,765
17.1%
17
Chivas USA
17
120,063
7,063
26.2%
8,366
-15.6%
17
MLS TOTALS
323
6,184,800
19,148
86.3%
18,611
2.9%
323
 

NOTES: No MLS games were scheduled between June 12-24 this season due to the FIFA World Cup. * = Played its first three games this season and first two games last season at Olympic Stadium. ** = Includes a designated DC United home game played at FedExField this season. *** = Includes designated Earthquakes home games played at Stanford Stadium in both seasons and a home game played at Levi's Stadium this season.