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Toronto fans losing patience; Chivas and Revs struggle
by Mike Woitalla, September 18th, 2012 12:31AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] MLS attendance is on pace for a record high league-wide average, but Chivas USA and the New England Revs are among the few teams with a significant decrease this season. ... For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Toronto FC's poor performances -- no playoffs for the sixth straight season -- are finally taking a toll at the gate. It drew only 14,623 and 15,669 for two Week 28 games and is headed toward its first season with an average below the 20,000 mark. Still, Toronto's 18,840 season average so far is ninth best in MLS.

* Chivas USA, which drew 11,317 for a 2-0 loss to San Jose in Week 28, is second-to-last in league attendance with a 13,285 average, a 10 percent decrease from 2011.

* Last in league attendance is the New England Revolution, which played away in Week 28. The Revs' 12,542 average is a 5 percent decrease from 2011.

* D.C. United's attendance average (13,598) has dropped more than 10 percent from 2011. The New York Red Bulls are also experiencing a 10 percent decrease, but their 17,623 average is 11th in the league.

* Portland had its 32nd straight sellout (a 1-1 tie with Seattle). Also selling out was Sporting Kansas City, while Chicago and Dallas drew crowds significantly higher than their average.

* The league-wide average after 260 games is 18,501.

* 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 28
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12) 17,691 15,956 14,273
Chivas USA (18) 11,317 13,285 14,830
Colorado (13) -- 14,974 14,838
Columbus (14) -- 14,382 12,185
Dallas (15) 17,685 14,099 12,861
D.C. United (17) 15,104 13,598 15,196
Houston (4) -- 20,817 17,694
Kansas City (7) 19,877 19,296 17,810
Los Angeles (3) 20,204 22,309 23,335
Montreal (2) -- 23,107 --
New England (19) -- 12,542 13,222
New York (11) 17,134 17,623 19,749
Philadelphia (10) -- 18,277 18,259
Portland (5) 20,438 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (8) -- 18,897 17,591
San Jose (16) -- 13,901 11,858
Seattle (1) -- 42,379 38,496
Toronto FC (9) 14,623; 15,669 18,480 20,267
Vancouver (6) -- 19,409 20,406
Leaguewide 16,974 18,501 17,872


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



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