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Four straight sellouts for Portland
by Mike Woitalla, May 10th, 2011 1:32AM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Week 8, which included two Wednesday night games, marked the lowest average attendance for a week of games this season -- but the expansion Portland Timbers kept alive their streak of sellouts. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* Portland has now played four MLS games and has sold out the
18,627-seat Jeld-Wen Stadium each time. A 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union also means the Timbers are perfect (4-0-0) at home.

* The Home Depot Center sold out, as it should, for the Los Angeles-New York game -- a 1-1 tie that featured the marquee players Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Rafael Marquez and Theirry Henry.

* D.C. United played two home games in Week 8 -- on Wednesday and Saturday -- and drew just over 11,000 for each.

* Toronto FC was the only team besides LA to top the 20,000 mark. It beat Houston, 2-1, in front of its second largest crowd of the season.

* Columbus drew only
7,148 for 1-1 tie with Seattle.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2011 Rank)
Week 8
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (13)
11,680
13,628
15,814
Chivas USA (12)
-- 14,648 14,576
Colorado (14)
--
13,243 13,329
Columbus (16)
7,148 10,199
14,642
D.C. United (8)
11,504 17,113 14,532
FC Dallas (10)
--
16,324 10,815
Houston (11)
13,206 16,078 17,310
Kansas City (-)
-- --
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
27,000
25,679 21,437
New England (15)
11,755
10,233
12,987
New York (7)
-- 17,389 18,441
Philadelphia (6)
--
17,762 19,254
Portland (5)

18,627

18,627  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
14,365 16,778
17,095
San Jose (17)
--
10,064
9,659
Seattle (1)
--
36,289 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
20,256
19,704
20,453
Vancouver (3)
--
20,843 --
Leaguewide
14,680 17,237 16,037


0 comments
  1. Ernest Irelan
    commented on: May 10, 2011 at 9:36 a.m.
    It is easy to see that the largest populated areas bring in the largest numbers in attendance. I believe this will continue, although, attendance can improve with promotional advertising an as time goes by, more exposure with youth soccer will cause attendance to improve over the years. I think as we improve the game with more talented players, clean up some of the terrible bone breaking tackles so fans can enjoy the talent without a lot of stoppage time due to injuries an poor tackles. The bringing in of international players like other clubs do thruout the world will help also. I know this is a costly investment in players, but, fans come to see talented players, just look at what has happened to the attendance with the addition of well known playsrs like Beckham an Henry, even back to the Cosmo days, give the fans what they want, they will come...

  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: May 10, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
    Really Ernest? I wouldn't have thought the population of Portland was bigger than the population of New York!

  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: May 10, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
    Good Pt. Mike,, Portland has millions less than NYC area..... I think the Red Bulls suffer a lil, from naming rights syndrome from the MetroStars...plus, who knows when or if the Cosmos will come back...Columbus has really dropped off...

  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: May 11, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
    MLS attendance seems to be more geographically oriented than demographically oriented. The new clubs in the Northwest are leading the way with the tired old clubs in the Northeast dragging down the overall league average. Also, proximity to the city appears to affect attendance. Clubs where the stadium is away from the city are having difficulty drawing, while those in the city are drawing well (with a few exceptions). The best examples are Seattle with a stadium walking distance from downtown versus New England and their stadium out in the boonies. The Revs has consistently had a good product, however are almost always at the bottom of the attendance table. Also, the population-related theory is shot down rather quickly when you compare Seattle drawing 36,000 a game to Chicago drawing 14,000 a game. With attendance there is a direct correlation to the soccer culture in each city, which has been strong in the Pacific Northwest since the mid 70s. Remember, pro soccer was kept alive in the dark days of the mid 80s by initiatives in the Pacific Northwest (Western Soccer Alliance).


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