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Stadiums packed for Independence Day clashes
by Mike Woitalla, July 9th, 2012 5:02PM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Week 18 featured 16 games, including seven on July 3 and July 4, six of which sold out. ... MLS is staying on track for a record-breaking season. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* The only July 3/4 game that didn't report a sellout took place in Canada. (A 12,085 crowd in Montreal for a 3-1 loss to Kansas City.) FC Dallas matched its highest crowd of the season in Independence Day. Other teams to sellout on July 3 or 4 were: Houston, Portland, Colorado, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles.

* Nine more games took place on Saturday and Sunday and Week 18's attendance average of 19,190 was the seventh highest week so far this season.

* San Jose, which usually plays in 10,525-capacity Buck Shaw Stadium has moved up in attendance rankings thanks to its Week 17 crowd of 50,391 for a 4-3 win over Los Angeles that was the largest non-doubleheader crowd in club history.

* The league-wide attendance after 171 games is 18,851, an increase of 7 percent from last year's average of 17,526 after Week 18.

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

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 18
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (13) 20,533 15,401 14,273
Chivas USA (18) 11,659 13,127 14,830
Colorado (14) 18,757 15,395 14,838
Columbus (15) -- 14,141 12,185
D.C. United (16) -- 14,132 15,196
FC Dallas (17) 21,507; 10,132 13,722 12,861
Houston (4) 22,039 21,632 17,694
Kansas City (6) 19,307 19,348 17,810
Los Angeles (3) 27,000 22,483 23,335
Montreal (2) 12,058; 15,118 25,357 --
New England (19) 14,374 12,485 13,222
New York (11) -- 17,161 19,749
Philadelphia (10) 18,393 18,380 18,259
Portland (5) 20,438 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (9) 20,363; 16,444 18,604 17,591
San Jose (12) -- 16,509 11,858
Seattle (1) 39,060 39,537 38,496
Toronto FC (8) -- 19,036 20,267
Vancouver (7) -- 19,123 20,406
Leaguewide 19,190 18,851 17,872


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



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