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Sparse crowd sees D.C. United lose fifth straight
by Mike Woitalla, May 4th, 2010 2:18AM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] D.C. United's doubleheader with the WPS's Washington Freedom drew 12,089, United's smallest crowd this season and lowest turnout for a weekend game since 2006. Seattle had the biggest crowd in Week 6 action as 36,219 watched it tie Columbus, 1-1.

D.C. United fell, 2-0, to the New York Red Bulls and dropped its record to 0-5, its worst start in history. In its first two home games this season, United drew 20,664 for its opener against New England and 18,407 for a loss to Chicago.

D.C. United had two crowds in 2009 lower than last Saturday's turnout, but both -- 8,033 vs. Kansas City and 11,226 vs. New York -- were midweek games. The last time D.C. United drew fewer fans for a weekend game was April 8, 2006 against Chivas USA -- 11,226 on during a rainstorm.

After United's loss to New York at RFK Stadium, the Washington Freedom beat St. Louis Athletica, 3-1. WPS reported an 8,261 attendance for that part of the doubleheader. (The Freedom averaged 3,282 for its first two home games this season, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.)

Three United-Freedom doubleheaders drew crowds of 16,089, 18,369 and 18,248 in 2009, WPS's first season.

Nine years ago, when the Freedom played in the WUSA, a doubleheader with D.C. United drew 36,528 fans at RFK Stadium. In that doubleheader the women played first and AP reported that 21,682 fans were in the stadium by halftime of the Freedom game.

Seattle, which has played four home games, is averaging 5,191 more than its league-high season-end average last season.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club

Week 6
Home Game

2010 Home
Average

2009 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago
 13,224 14,937 14,688
Chivas USA
 -- 15,215 15,091
Colorado  --
10,784 12,330
Columbus
 -- 13,929 14,446
D.C. United
 12,089
17,053 16,088
FC Dallas
 -- 9,028 12,440
Houston
 16,042
16,385 17,047
Kansas City
 -- 10,219 10,053
Los Angeles
 15,453
19,245 20,416
New England
 10,057 10,332 13,731
New York
 -- 17,953 12,490
Philadelphia
 --
34,870   --
Real Salt Lake
 12,659
16,315 16,375
San Jose
 8,674
9,448 14,114
Seattle
 36,219
36,133 30,942
Toronto FC
 -- 20,186
20,344
Leaguewide
15,552
16,818 16,037


0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: May 4, 2010 at 7:31 a.m.
    A big time asterisk should be noted to the United/Freedom DHs in the WUSA days. Mia Hamm played for the Freedom and it was part of a home and home set of friendlies with the MetroStars/NY Power to raise funds for 9/11 victims families in 2001. The first DH was at Giants Stadium, the second was at RFK.

  1. Eric in DC
    commented on: May 4, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
    United's attendance records will continue to go south as long as they continue to play poorly.

  1. Jeff Butler
    commented on: May 4, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
    attendance could also be down for the doubleheader due to the fact DC United is abysmal this season so far. Probably not too many walk ups.


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