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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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