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Seattle sets new high
by Mike Woitalla, June 8th, 2010 2:02AM

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TAGS:  chicago fire, chivas usa, colorado rapids, columbus crew, d.c. united, houston dynamo, kansas city wizards, los angeles galaxy, mls, new england revolution, new york red bulls, philadelphia union, real salt lake, san jose earthquakes, seattle sounders, toronto fc

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] In the final weekend of MLS play before its two-week World Cup break, eight games drew an average of 19,525 fans. League attendance leader Seattle had its biggest crowd of the season and rewarded the 36,344 fans with a 3-0 win over New England. FC Dallas also a had season-record turnout, which raised its average above the 10,000 mark.

FC Dallas defeated San Jose, 2-0, with an announced attendance of 14,331 for World Cup Celebration night, which included a pre-game happy hour ($2 beer), a World Cup bandanna for the first 5,000 fans, a halftime BMX Stunt Team show and postgame fireworks.

The cuurent league-wide attendance of 16,320 is up by more than 1,500 compared to this stage of the 2009 season.

There are four midweek games this week. After Thursday's two games, MLS is on break until June 25.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club

Weekend 11
Home Game

2010 Home
Average

2009 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago
 14,658 14,398 14,688
Chivas USA
 -- 14,502 15,091
Colorado  14,318 12,787 12,330
Columbus
 -- 14,244 14,446
D.C. United
 15,328 14,244 16,088
FC Dallas
 14,331 10,448 12,440
Houston
 -- 16,685 17,047
Kansas City
 -- 9,840 10,053
Los Angeles
 20,826 19,635 20,416
New England
 -- 10,319 13,731
New York
 18,815 16,282 12,490
Philadelphia
 -- 29,954   --
Real Salt Lake
 -- 15,077 16,375
San Jose
 --
9,384 14,114
Seattle
 36,344 36,146 30,942
Toronto FC
  21,583 20,537
20,344
Leaguewide
 19,525 16,320 16,037

 

35,953
20,672
18,379


0 comments
  1. Rick Taylor
    commented on: June 8, 2010 at 9:13 a.m.
    Deceptive numbers. It wasn't until mid-season last year that seattle added an additional 6,000 seats (approx.) and continued to sell out.

  1. Gregory Weiss
    commented on: June 8, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
    looks like they should add some more seats. well, maybe portland will have as much fervor. nothing gets a league going like a rivalry...

  1. Rodney Thurow
    commented on: June 8, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
    Not a good article. Take out Philly's 30,000 a game and average is exactly what it was last year, 14,969. Take out NY's extra 4,000 from the new stadium and the real picture shows that 11 teams have averages that are down.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: June 9, 2010 at 11:33 a.m.
    These numbers mean nothing in the long haul...quality, quality, quality is what drwas the fans and there is not enough quality on the pitch...a disaster when it comes to TV announcers who suffocate the game...turnovers, turnoves and more turnovers...most teams are experts at it and some teams play it simple and better.

  1. Michael C
    commented on: June 10, 2010 at 2:48 a.m.
    These numbers are neither deceptive nor "unreal." They are simply the numbers. You can't take out Philly's numbers, because they're here, they're drawing, and that's good for MLS. You can't lower NY's number - it could just as easily be said that Giants Stadium was a pit, and that this is closer to the number of NYers who actually want to watch soccer, and THAT'S good for MLS. (Are you going to throw out the even higher numbers after Henry arrives?) The only thing deceptive is the average from last year, which is the full year's average. Compared to the same number of home matches in 2009, only three clubs are down: Chivas (just barely), San Jose (their jury-rigged stadium is starting to turn casual fans off) and New England (awful team in a cavernous stadium with football lines and bad transit...sounds familiar).


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