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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.

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 22
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
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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