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Weekly crowd mark shattered
July 5th, 2011 9:18PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Back in the day, MLS relied on July 4th fireworks to draw fans. Such is not the case these days, though the San Jose Earthquakes drew 41,028 fans on Saturday for its game against the New York Red Bulls played at Stanford Stadium.

* The Quakes have previously played select games at the Oakland Coliseum and Candlestick Park, but the game against the Red Bulls -- followed by fireworks -- was their first at Stanford since returning to MLS.

* San Jose jumped ahead of New England and Columbus in average attendance. The Crew is now last with an average of 10,483 fans a game.

* The San Jose crowd boosted the weekly average to 21,116, the highest of the 2011 season. The previous high was 21,046 in Week 1.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2011 Rank)
Week 16
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
--
14,026
15,814
Chivas USA (12)
15,152
15,314 14,576
Colorado (13)
18,203
14,696 13,329
Columbus (18)
-- 10,483
14,642
D.C. United (11)
13,365
15,696 14,532
FC Dallas (15)
20,714
13,462
10,815
Houston (9)
-- 17,718 17,310
Kansas City (5)
--
18,953
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
27,000
22,739 21,437
New England (17)
-- 12,008
12,987
New York (7)
-- 18,204 18,441
Philadelphia (8)
--
18,177 19,254
Portland (6)

18,627

18,627  --
Real Salt Lake (10)
16,139
16,060
17,095
San Jose (16)
41,028
13,367
9,659
Seattle (1)
--
37,265 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
19,816
19,876
20,453
Vancouver (3)
-- 20,124 --
Leaguewide
21,116 17,623 16,037


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