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Sounders outdraw baseball's Mariners
by Mike Woitalla, September 20th, 2011 8:41PM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Ten Week 27 games averaged 19,974, one of the best weekly averages this season, and the Portland Timbers squeezed even more fans than usual in its always soldout Jeld-Wen Field. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* The first-year Portland Timbers sold out at Jen-Weld Field for the 15th straight time and set a club record with 20,323 on hand for its 3-0 win over New England as it expanded its capacity to welcome an extra 1,700 fans.

* Seattle drew the biggest crowd of the week when 36,242 watched down D.C. United, 3-0. The Washington Post's Steven Goff pointed out the Sounders' crowd soundly exceeded the 22,159 turnout at the Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers game at nearly the same time at nearby Safeco Field. The Sounders are averaging 36,932, the Mariners 23,596. (The Mariners, however, play more home games.)

* Real Salt Lake sold out for the third time this season, with 19,888 attending its 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

* The crowd in Dallas (17,019 vs. New York) was its third largest of the season.

* On Saturday, the Philadelphia Union hosted its third game in 10 days and drew 18,906 for its 1-0 win over Columbus. The Union drew 18,504 the previous weekend and 16,148 for a Wednesday evening game Sept. 7.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,553. 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 27
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)
10,709 11,359
D.C. United (11)
-- 15,024 14,532
FC Dallas (15)
Houston (10)
18,129 16,882 17,310
Kansas City (8)
Los Angeles (2)
22,959 22,846 21,437
New England (16)
New York (5)
18,864 18,441
Philadelphia (7)
18,906 18,217 19,254
Portland (6)
18,740  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
19,888 17,194
San Jose (17)
Seattle (1)
36,932 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
Vancouver (3)
20,542 --
19,974 17,553 16,037

  1. Jack Torok
    commented on: September 21, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
    Great news. Good to see Vancouver getting behind their team despite a rough "Freshman" year.

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