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
Seattle sets season high and four others sell out
by Mike Woitalla, October 18th, 2011 2:23AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS ATTENDANCE]  The Seattle Sounders drew 64,140 for its 2-1 win over San Jose -- the biggest crowd of the season, the third biggest crowd for a single game in MLS history, and fourth biggest crowd worldwide for a soccer game last weekend. The 11 games in Week 31 games averaged 21,594 and with one week of play left, MLS is headed toward its highest leaguewide attendance average since its launch in 1996. ...

* The Sounders' big crowd for its last regular-season home game was attributed to it being Kasey Keller's farewell game and it was part of a three-game ticket package that included the July friendly against Manchester United that drew 67,052 and a June 23 game against New York that drew 46,065.

* The Seattle crowd was the fourth largest worldwide last weekend, behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, according to World Soccer.

* Seattle's average of 38,496 makes it the attendance leader for the third straight year and sets a record for all-time highest season attendance average for an MLS team. It averaged 36,173 in 2010 and 30,897 in its inaugural 2009 season when it beat the Galaxy's 1996 high mark of 28,916.

* The 64,140 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday was the third biggest MLS crowd for a game that wasn't part of a doubleheader, behind the 1996 Los Angeles Galaxy's league opener vs. the MetroStars (69,225) and David Beckham's first game with the Galaxy against New York at Giants Stadium in 2007 that drew 66,237.

* Also in Week 31, the Galaxy sold out its clasico with Chivas USA (27,000), Philadelphia tied its season-high (19,178) for its playoff-clinching 1-1 tie with Toronto, while Portland (20,323) and Kansas City (19,921) drew standing-room-only crowds.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,795. 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 29
Home Games
2011 Home

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
Chivas USA (13)
14,373 14,576
Colorado (12)
16,272 14,838 13,329
Columbus (16)
16,285 12,185
D.C. United (11)
-- 15,203 14,532
FC Dallas (17)
Houston (10)
-- 16,924 17,310
Kansas City (8)
Los Angeles (2)
27,000 23,335 21,437
New England (15)
New York (5)
19,419 18,441
Philadelphia (7)
19,178 18,259 19,254
Portland (6)
18,827  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
-- 17,417
San Jose (18)
Seattle (1)
38,496 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
Vancouver (3)
20,369 --
21,594 17,795 16,037

No comments yet.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
USA names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives