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Strong support for Sporting KC
by Mike Woitalla, August 14th, 2012 12:46AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Sporting Kansas City the biggest Week 23 crowd despite hosting a game just four days earlier. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* After drawing 18,863 for the U.S. Open final it won against Seattle in a shootout tiebreaker on Wednesday, Kansas City drew 20,439 on Sunday for a 2-1 win over D.C. United. The Sunday crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park was the biggest of Week 23.

* Week 23's attendance average of 15,761 was the third-lowest for a week of play this season.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 221 games is 18,704, an 8 percent increase over the average of 17,324 after Week 23 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 23
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12) -- 15,563 14,273
Chivas USA (18) 17,601 13,559 14,830
Colorado (13) -- 15,073 14,838
Columbus (14) -- 14,858 12,185
Dallas (16) 10,222 13,935 12,861
D.C. United (17) -- 14,178 15,196
Houston (4) -- 21,136 17,694
Kansas City (7) 20,439 19,382 17,810
Los Angeles (3) -- 22,729 23,335
Montreal (2) -- 23,628 --
New England (19) 12,857 12,916 13,222
New York (11) 15,730 17,539 19,749
Philadelphia (10) 18,412 18,418 18,259
Portland (5) -- 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (9) -- 18,680 17,591
San Jose (15) 10,744 14,464 11,858
Seattle (1) -- 41,480 38,496
Toronto FC (8) -- 19,089 20,267
Vancouver (6) 20,083 19,442 20,406
Leaguewide 15,761 18,704 17,872


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



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