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With huge Seattle crowd, MLS hits 4 million mark
by Mike Woitalla, August 8th, 2012 1:09AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Seattle drew more than 60,000 fans -- the biggest crowd of the season -- for its 4-0 win over Los Angeles as MLS attendance surpassed the 4 million mark. Also in Week 22, New England had its biggest crowd of the season. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Seattle's crowd 60,908, who enjoyed a 4-0 rout of defending champion Los Angeles, was the biggest of the season, surpassing Montreal's 60,860 for a May 12 game, also against the Galaxy. Seattle's crowd on Sunday was the 12th largest in MLS history.

* Seattle's current average is 41,480. Seattle had set the all-time MLS attendance record in each of its first three MLS seasons: 2011 -- 38,496; 2010 -- 36,173; 2009 -- 30,897.

* After disappointing crowds since moving from the Olympic Stadium into renovated Stade Saputo, Montreal attendance is up, drawing 18,535 in Week 22 and 19,441 the previous week.

* New England had its largest announced crowd of the season (19,752) for a 1-0 loss to Kansas City on Saturday. But the Revs' season average remains the lowest in MLS.

* The leaguewide Week 22 average of 23,414 is the highest since Week 2's 23,386.

* MLS has surpassed the 4 million mark (4,007,437) in announced attendance.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 213 games is 18,814, an 8.6 percent increase over the average of 17,295 after Week 22 in 2011.

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


Club (2012 Rank)
Week 22
Home Games
2012 Home
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12) 15,757 15,563 14,273
Chivas USA (18) -- 13,191 14,830
Colorado (13) 15,218 15,073 14,838
Columbus (14) -- 14,858 12,185
Dallas (16) -- 14,221 12,861
D.C. United (17) 14,640 14,178 15,196
Houston (4) 22,039 21,136 17,694
Kansas City (7) -- 19,286 17,810
Los Angeles (3) -- 22,729 23,335
Montreal (2) 18,535 23,628 --
New England (19) 17,592 12,922 13,222
New York (11) -- 17,720 19,749
Philadelphia (10) -- 18,418 18,259
Portland (5) 20,438 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (9) -- 18,680 17,591
San Jose (15) -- 14,802 11,858
Seattle (1) 60,908 41,480 38,496
Toronto FC (8) -- 19,089 20,267
Vancouver (6) -- 19,384 20,406
Leaguewide 23,141 18,814 17,872

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

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