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Portland fans flock to both Timbers; Keane debut sells out
by Mike Woitalla, August 23rd, 2011 1:29AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE]  The Portland Timbers sold out their 13th straight game and even drew big for a reserve game. The Los Angeles Galaxy, for whom Irish striker Robbie Keane debuted, sold out for the second time this season. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* MLS newcomer Portland has sold out all 13 of its games, the last being when 18,627 fans watched the Timbers beat Vancouver on Saturday. On Sunday, 10,277 fans came to JELD-WEN Field for Portland's Reserve League game, a 3-2 Timbers win over Vancouver.

* The Los Angeles Galaxy filled the Home Depot Center (27,000) on Saturday for the second time this season as Robbie Kean debuted and scored in a 2-0 win over San Jose.

* New England, which is averaging only 12,527 fans this season, had its second biggest crowd of the season (18,882) for Saturday's 2-2 tie with the Red Bulls. The Revs drew 10,963 for a midweek 1-1 tie with Houston.

* Chicago's midweek game drew more (15,818; 1-1 tie with D.C. United) drew more than its Sunday game (12,020; 2-0 win over Toronto).

* The average attendance for Week 23's 12 games was 16,047.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,324. The 2010 season ended with a 16,037 league-wide attendance average.

* MLS's highest attendance came in its inaugural season of 1996 -- 17,406.


MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2011 Rank)
Week 23
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
12,020
15,818

13,919
15,814
Chivas USA (13)
--
14,42514,576
Colorado (12)
16,82514,58413,329
Columbus (18)
13,86911,278
14,642
D.C. United (11)
--15,02414,532
FC Dallas (15)
11,635
12,896
10,815
Houston (10)
16,24716,79317,310
Kansas City (8)
15,352
15,271
17,356
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
27,00023,05121,437
New England (17)
18,882
10,963
12,527
12,987
New York (5)
--18,79618,441
Philadelphia (7)
--18,30919,254
Portland (6)
18,62718,627 --
Real Salt Lake (9)
--16,869
17,095
San Jose (16)
--
12,128
9,659
Seattle (1)
--
37,12036,173
Toronto FC (4)
--
20,105
20,453
Vancouver (3)
--
20,571--
Leaguewide
16,04717,32416,037


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