Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
On pace for record attendance
by Mike Woitalla, September 13th, 2011 12:43AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS ATTENDANCE] Ten Week 26 games averaged 17,646 fans as MLS, with just more than a month left in the regular season, is on pace to break its season attendance record.

* Seattle drew the biggest crowd of the week when 35,940 watched it fall to Real Salt Lake.

* San Jose drew the smallest crowd, but the 10,525 who watched the Quakes end a 13-game winless streak marked its fourth straight sellout at tiny Buck Shaw Stadium.

* New England, which struggles at the gate, drew its third biggest crowd of the season when 15,498 watched it down Dallas.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,455. 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.


Club (2011 Rank)
Week 26
Home Games
2011 Home

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
Chivas USA (13)
14,248 14,576
Colorado (12)
-- 14,584 13,329
Columbus (18)
13,058 11,405
D.C. United (11)
-- 15,024 14,532
FC Dallas (15)
Houston (10)
-- 16,793 17,310
Kansas City (8)
Los Angeles (2)
20,068 23,051 21,437
New England (17)
15,498 12,739
New York (5)
19,684 18,864 18,441
Philadelphia (7)
18,168 19,254
Portland (6)
18,627  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
-- 17,001
San Jose (16)
Seattle (1)
36,982 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
Vancouver (3)
20,542 --
17,646 17,455 16,037

  1. K G
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.
    Nowhere near the average gates this summer by the Herba-like WFC tour (58,707). 14 games, larger venues, Mexican, English, Spanish, Italian, Portugese (but no German!) sides split the gate totals with just 6 MLS sides. Does this sort of thing promote the league or the pockets of the owners, or is that the same thing? Heckova fundraiser to help increase the academies ability to scout/develop players who aren't able to pay-to-play.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
    I believe some adjustments need to be made in comparing YOY attendance results. KC got a bigger stadium, Portland Joined the league
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
    8 teams saw a drop in avg. attendance. that is almost have the league.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
    but if you remove Portland and Vancouver 50% of franchises saw a drop in attendance. This is terrible for MLS.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 6:38 p.m.
    Super Man, how I'm I threatened by a flat-lining league? The numbers don't lie
  1. Jared Cram
    commented on: September 19, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
    In the case of Philadelphia, the numbers from 2010 are skewed because of a couple of home games that were played at Lincoln Financial Field because PPL Park wasn't ready. PPL Park holds 18,500 and I believe we've sold out all of our matches except for a midweek match against New England that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
MLS: Chicago's Larentowicz eligible for free agency    
Veteran Jeff Larentowicz, who started 29 games in 2015, was among nine players the Chicago Fire ...
What They're Saying: Kei Kamara    
"There was part of me saying, there's no way they can get two goals in the ...
U.S. Abroad: Bedoya sees red for Canaries    
Alejandro Bedoya's first Ligue 1 start for Nantes in more than two months ended ignominiously as ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives