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A plus-20,000 week (Seattle leads the way)
by Mike Woitalla, August 21st, 2012 2:56AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] The Seattle Sounders drew more than 55,000 and nine other games had announced attendances of more than 17,000 as Week 24 games in MLS averaged 21,123, raising the league-wide season average to 18,828. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Seattle drew 55,718 for a 2-0 win over Northwest rival Vancouver. It was Seattle's third 50,000-plus crowd this season, all three of which ended in victories.

"It's a tremendous reflection of what Seattle is doing,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told MLSSoccer.com. “I told Adrian [Hanauer, Sounders general manager] if he keeps getting more than 50,000 we'll keep winning because every league game over 50,000 we've won. So we don't mind if in the next game they want to open up some more seats and get another 55,000 in there."

* Montreal and Real Salt Lake reported sellout crowds in Week 24.

* Toronto hosted two games and exceeded 18,000 in each.

* Columbus drew 17,019 for a midweek clash with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Crew's 15,075 season average so far is a 24% increase of its 2011 average of 12,185.

* The league-wide average after 233 games rose to 18,828, an 8% increase over the average of 17,428 after Week 24 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 24
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  17,495  15,724  14,273
Chivas USA (18)  --  13,559  14,830
Colorado (13)  15,679  15,119  14,838
Columbus (14)  17,019  15,075  12,185
Dallas (16)  --  13,935  12,861
D.C. United (17)  12,312  14,022  15,196
Houston (4)  20,567  21,088  17,694
Kansas City (7)  --  19,382  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  --  22,729  23,335
Montreal (2)  19,431  23,328  --
New England (19)  --  12,916  13,222
New York (11)  19,043  17,664  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  --  18,418  18,259
Portland (5)  --  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)  20,281  18,794  17,591
San Jose (15)  --  14,464  11,858
Seattle (1)  55,718  42,666  38,496
Toronto FC (8)  18,151; 18,773  18,993  20,267
Vancouver (6)  19,006  19,409  20,406
Leaguewide  21,123  18,828  17,872


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



2 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: August 21, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.
    How did New York have over 19 thousand when the entire upper tier was empty? I've heard of no-shows but there's no way.
  1. John Soares
    commented on: August 21, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.
    They all decided to go to Seattle!

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