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Fans flock to midsummer MLS games
by Mike Woitalla, June 29th, 2011 12:30AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE]Three teams hosted two games in Week 15 and drew impressive crowds even for the midweek matches. One of them, Seattle, set another record. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* The Seattle Sounders opened the upper deck of its stadium and set a club record for a league game when
46,972 enjoyed watching the Sounders beat New York, 4-2, on a Thursday night. It was the biggest crowd for a stand-alone MLS game since 2008. Three days later, the Sounders drew 36,211 for its win over New England.

* Philadelphia drew 18,127 and 18,139 for Wednesday and Saturday games. Chicago drew 14,972 in the midweek and16,961 on Sunday in a week that saw the leaguewide attendance average hit 19,322. 

* San Jose drew its biggest crowd ever at Buck Shaw Stadium when 10,872 fans suffered through a scoreless tie with Los Angeles sans David Beckham and Landon Donovan.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2011 Rank)
Week 15
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
16,961
14,026
15,814
Chivas USA (12)
--15,33414,576
Colorado (13)
--
14,25813,329
Columbus (17)
10,77110,483
14,642
D.C. United (11)
15,73415,98814,532
FC Dallas (15)
10,47012,73810,815
Houston (9)
--17,71817,310
Kansas City (5)
18,46718,953
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
--22,20621,437
New England (16)
--12,008
12,987
New York (7)
--18,20418,441
Philadelphia (8)
18,13918,17719,254
Portland (6)

--

18,627 --
Real Salt Lake (10)
15,07716,050
17,095
San Jose (18)
10,8729,909
9,659
Seattle (1)
36,21237,26536,173
Toronto FC (4)
--19,882
20,453
Vancouver (3)
--20,124--
Leaguewide
19,32217,41216,037


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