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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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