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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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