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FC Dallas sets record in Frisco
by Mike Woitalla, July 30th, 2012 9:09PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] FC Dallas drew its biggest crowd since moving to Frisco in 2005. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Announced attendance for FC Dallas' 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday was 22,565, a record for an FC Dallas game at FC Dallas Stadium (formerly Pizza Hut Park) in Frisco, where the club moved to from the Cotton Bowl in 2005. (The Galaxy was without David Beckham, who was in London for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.) The previous high was also for a meeting with the Galaxy: 22,331 for a 5-1 Galaxy victory on May 18, 2008, and three of the stadium’s top five crowds have been for games against Los Angeles.  The FC Dallas attendance average, however, is still among the lowest in the league.

* Four other teams -- Sporting Kansas City, San Jose, Portland and Philadelphia -- announced capacity crowds for their Week 21 games.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 205 games is 18,645, a 7 percent increase over the average of 17,395 after Week 21 in 2011.

* 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 21
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  --  15,543  14,273
Chivas USA (18)  --  13,191  14,830
Colorado (13)  13,816  15,060  14,838
Columbus (14)  --  14,858  12,185
Dallas (17)  22,565  14,221  12,861
D.C. United (16)  --  14,132  15,196
Houston (4)  --  21,045  17,694
Kansas City (7)  18,938  19,286  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  --  22,729  23,335
Montreal (2)  19,441  24,052  --
New England (19)  --  12,455  13,222
New York (11)  --  17,720  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  18,598  18,418  18,259
Portland (5)  20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)  18,702  18,680  17,591
San Jose (15)  10,525  14,802  11,858
Seattle (1)  --  39,537  38,496
Toronto FC (8)  --  19,089  20,267
Vancouver (6)  19,652  19,384  20,406
Leaguewide  18,075  18,645  17,872


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



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