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
Fans flocking to summer MLS action
by Mike Woitalla, June 25th, 2012 7PM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS ATTENDANCE] Week 16 featured six midweek and nine weekend games that averaged nearly 20,000 as MLS stayed on track for a record-breaking season. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* On Wednesday night, Seattle drew a season-high 46,932 for a 1-1 tie with Kansas City.

* Also drawing big midweek crowds were Houston (21,423), Vancouver (20,060) and Real Salt Lake (20,382). RSL was the one team that hosted two games in Week 16 and on Saturday drew 18,050.

* The New York Red Bulls drew their biggest crowd ever at Red Bull Arena, which opened in 2010, when 25,187 came for their 3-2 win on Sunday over D.C. United.

* Montreal drew only 12,397 for its second game at renovated Saputo Stadium.

* The league-wide attendance after 146 games is 18,655, an increase of 6 percent from last year's average of 17,623 after Week 16.

* MLS's highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996.


Club (2012 Rank)
Week 16
Home Games
2012 Home

2011 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (13)
 14,756  14,273
Chivas USA (15)
 10,376  13,291  14,830
Colorado (12)
 14,892  14,838
Columbus (16)
 --  13,219  12,185
D.C. United (14)
 13,668  15,196
FC Dallas (17)
Houston (4)
 21,423  21,916
Kansas City (6)
 19,364  17,810
Los Angeles (3)
 21,529  21,982
Montreal (2)
 30,280  --
New England (18)
 11,819  13,222
New York (11)
 25,187  17,161  19,749
Philadelphia (10)
 18,207  18,378
Portland (5)
 20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)
 20,382; 18,050
 18,648  17,591
San Jose (19)
Seattle (1)
 39,590  38,496
Toronto FC (8)
 18,888  20,267
Vancouver (7)
 19,859  18,655  17,872

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

  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: June 26, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.
    I'm liking it...
  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: June 27, 2012 at 5:56 a.m.
    Why are the home crowds for Chivas so terribly low? That makes no sense in Los Angeles. The Home Depot venue is a good one, right? It is ideal size for close viewing of the pitch. I would think that a Chivas side would have some very, very fine, strong support there. Who has insights on this? Please do share if you know. It would be very instructive to hear why Chivas cannot average at least 17-18,000 fans per home match. Thank you.
  1. Gary Bolen
    commented on: June 28, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
    You might want to verify the reported attendance for Seattle as I don't believe the current configuration supports that many fans. Being a Wednesday night, and from what I remember from being there, I believe that the attendance was 36,932 and that the reported attendance of 46,932 was a typographical error. There will be matches that we pull in numbers like 46k and higher, like those included in the four-pack Chelsea package, but as a general, we should be in in the 38k to 39k range.
  1. Mister B
    commented on: July 28, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.
    That wasn't a typo on the Sounders match... I was there. There was a section opened for Farmers or some other insurance company that usually isn't open; the announcers mentioned the extra attendance was due to the business and employees. It was packed... and LOUD, especially because the KC keeper (and the team in general) was wasting time. I was at Chelsea too, which was 52k or 53k, I don't recall the exact number.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
Lloyd and Ellis are nominees for FIFA awards    
Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick led the USA to a 5-2 win over Japan in the ...
Waldrum (still without a contract) returns to T&T women    
When Trinidad & Tobago faces the USA in the first of two friendlies Sunday in Honolulu, ...
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
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, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives