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Seattle draws big twice in four days; New England hits low
by Mike Woitalla, May 8th, 2012 2:11AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Crowd figures for 12 games in Week averaged more than 20,000, boosted by two huge crowds in Seattle, but New England dipped below the 10,000 mark. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* The Seattle Sounders drew 39,002 for their 2-0 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday and four days later, 38,399 for a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

* Attracting midweek crowds is no problem in Seattle, but New England announced only 6,149 for its 2-1 win over Colorado and dipped to an average of 9,821 for the season. New England led the league with 21,423 in 1997.

* Kansas City has a standing-room only crowd for its 2-0 loss to Montreal on Saturday.

* The league-wide attendance after 85 games is 18,634. It was 16,547 at this point last season.

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 9
Home Games
2012 Home
Average

2011 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (12)
 --
 14,243  14,273
Chivas USA (17)
 14,625  12,868  14,830
Colorado (11)
 --  14,505  14,838
Columbus (15)
 --  13,043  12,185
D.C. United (14)
 --
 13,751  15,196
FC Dallas (13)
 11,702
 13,681
 12,861
Houston (-)
 --  --
 17,694
Kansas City (6)
 20,404
 19,017  17,810
Los Angeles (3)
 27,000  23,197
 23,335
Montreal (2)
 --
 33,752  --
New England (18)
 6,149
 9,821  13,222
New York (10)
 --  17,426  19,749
Philadelphia (9)
 --  18,343
 18,259
Portland (4)
 20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (7)
 18,219
 18,344  17,591
San Jose (16)
  8,734
 12,360
 11,858
Seattle (1)
 39,002, 38,399
 38,626  38,496
Toronto FC (5)
 18,364
 19,022  20,267
Vancouver (8)
 19,271
 18,615
 20,406
Leaguewide
 20,195  18,634 17,872


 * Attendance figures, provided by MLS, reflect tickets sold and distributed.



1 comment
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: May 8, 2012 at 11:32 p.m.
    It's amazing that MLS took as long as it did to place teams in the Pacific Northwest. The numbers from the old NASL were always above the league average for the Cascadia trio and they are the best supported teams in MLS. Of course the MLS brass must feel a little embarrassed that this has been done in the face of the league's original mandate in 1997 to steer clear of any references to the original NASL. Maybe if the founders of the league had reincarnated the Rowdies and Strikers, instead of creating the Mutiny and Fusion, MLS may have lasted in South Florida. The future of MLS lies in fan loyalty and meeting the needs of the fans. If the fans want Earthquakes instead of a Clash, give it to them. I can understand places where the NASL team did not catch on, the Colorado Rapids have easily erased any memories of the Dynamos or Caribous and Houston Dynamo have more than eclipsed the forgettable existence of the Houston Hurricane. Where an established and respected name is there, why not take advantage of it. Whitecaps, Sounders, Timbers and Earthquakes are revered names in their respected cities and, as has been demonstrated in the Pacific Northwest, the fans have bought into the nostalgia to create a history. Both Vancouver and San Jose have proudly placed the year 1974 on the backs of their jerseys, and the fans identify. Pro soccer is a business and the best businesses give the customers what they want.

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