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Big crowds boost increase to 8.7 percent
by Mike Woitalla, May 15th, 2012 2:32AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS ATTENDANCE] The Montreal Impact drew 60,860 fans, a Canadian pro soccer record, for its 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy at Olympic Stadium. The Houston Dynamo sold out its opener at BBVA Compass Stadium with 22,039 fans on hand for its 1-0 win over D.C. United. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* The Seattle Sounders drew another crowd in excess of 39,000 as 39,312 fans watched their 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.


* On the other hand, New England, New York, Columbus and FC Dallas all drew crowds of less than 13,000 games.

* The league-wide attendance after 94 games is 18,815, an increase of 8.7 percent from last year's average of 17,318 after Week 10.


Club (2012 Rank)
Week 10
Home Games
2012 Home

2011 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (13)
 13,544, 14,159
 14,087  14,273
Chivas USA (16)
 --  12,868  14,830
Colorado (12)
 --  14,505  14,838
Columbus (17)
 11,120  12,658  12,185
D.C. United (14)
 13,751  15,196
FC Dallas (15)
Houston (4)
 22,039  22,039
Kansas City (7)
 19,017  17,810
Los Angeles (3)
 --  23,197
Montreal (1)
 40,529  --
New England (19)
 10,394  13,222
New York (11)
 11,315  16,204  19,749
Philadelphia (10)
 --  18,313
Portland (5)
 --  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)
 18,344  17,591
San Jose (18)
Seattle (2)
 38,724  38,496
Toronto FC (6)
 19,022  20,267
Vancouver (8)
 20,215  18,815 17,872

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

  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: May 15, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
    10 out of 18 teams are below last year's average. 56%!
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: May 15, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.
    How come Montreal gets to fill up THEIR stadium and we don't? HMMMM?
  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: May 16, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.
    What is D.C. United doing so wrong? Same in New England. There really is no excuse for D.C. United. There is a huge fan base in the Beltway region that can draw fans from as far away as Richmond and Baltimore with ease. Just all the soccer-mad ethnicities in and around D.C. can fill the seats. Why haven't they successfully tapped into all the internationals who come to work in our capitol city -- 10's of thousands who will come out to support the local club where they now live. Also the international students who are at GWU, Georgetown, American U. Maryland, George Mason, trade schools, professional schools, and on and on. Somebody needs to jolt the D.C. United franchise management awake. They are clearly asleep at the switch. United should be averaging better than 25,000 per game. Anything less is thoroughly inexcusable.

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