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Seattle sets attendance record, again
by Mike Woitalla, October 18th, 2010 9:40PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] The penultimate week of 2010 MLS games drew big crowds, including 36,356 for Seattle's last home game, a 2-1 win over Chivas USA. Seattle’s 2010 season average of 36,173 breaks the league record it set last season. For more on attendance records and Week 29 crowds …

* Seattle’s 2010 home attendance average was higher than its 2009 average of 30,942 by 5,231. The third highest season average was 28,916 for Los Angeles Galaxy games in 1996.

* Defending champion Real Salt Lake drew its biggest crowd since its move to Rio Tinto Stadium two years ago with 20,236 for a 2-0 win over FC Dallas.

* San Jose had a sellout (10,597) for its 1-0 loss to Houston.

* Chicago drew 19,056 for retiring Brian McBride’s final home game, a scoreless tie with D.C. United.

* The Philadelphia Union's fourth sellout of the season (18,578) saw the expansion club, which ranks fourth in league attendance, down the New York Red Bulls, 2-1.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2010 Rank)

Weekend 29
Home Games

2010 Home
Average

2009 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (8)
19,056 & 12,230 15,814 14,688
Chivas USA (9)
 -- 14,558 15,091
Colorado (12)
 -- 13,014 12,330
Columbus (10)
 -- 14,330 14,446
D.C. United (11)
 -- 14,279 16,088
FC Dallas (14)
 -- 10,815 12,440
Houston (7)
 -- 16,833 17,047
Kansas City (15)
 -- 10,199 10,053
Los Angeles (2)
 27,000 21,183 20,416
New England (13)
 18,298 12,987 13,731
New York (5)
 -- 18,625 12,490
Philadelphia (4)
 18,578
19,254   --
Real Salt Lake (6)
 20,236 17,095 16,375
San Jose (16)
 10,597 9,661 14,114
Seattle (1)
 36,356 36,173 30,942
Toronto FC (3)
 18,084 20,453
20,344
Leaguewide
 20,048 16,651 16,037
35,953
20,672
18,379


0 comments
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: October 19, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
    Still cannot figure out why LA plays to a half-empty stadium this season--the tickets are sold (which is why the "attendance" is shown as 20000+, but the games on TV have been disappointing when you can see no one is there.


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