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MLS hits 5 million mark
by Mike Woitalla, September 24th, 2012 8:02PM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Thirteen games in Week 29, which included a surprisingly large crowd in New England, averaged more than 19,000 as MLS hit the 5 million mark. ... For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* The New England Revolution's announced crowd of 24,364 for its 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls was nearly twice what the Revs have been averaging this season. The Revs, who were eliminated from playoff contention a week earlier, remain last in attendance average this season.

* The Chicago Fire followed up on the 17,691 it drew last weekend with 19,172 for its Week 29 clash against Columbus, a 2-1 Fire win.

* League attendance leader Seattle boasted the biggest crowd of the week -- 38,948 for a 2-1 loss to San Jose.

* After 283 games, MLS's total announced attendance is 5,244,253.

* The league-wide average after 283 games is 18,531.

* 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 29
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12) 19,172 16,170 14,273
Chivas USA (18) -- 13,285 14,830
Colorado (13) -- 14,974 14,838
Columbus (14) 13,874 14,346 12,185
Dallas (15) -- 14,099 12,861
D.C. United (17) 11,770 13,483 15,196
Houston (4) -- 20,817 17,694
Kansas City (7) -- 19,296 17,810
Los Angeles (3) 27,000 22,621 23,335
Montreal (2) 20,521 22,945 --
New England (19) 24,364 13,281 13,222
New York (11) 10,286 17,099 19,749
Philadelphia (10) 17,666; 16,024 18,056 18,259
Portland (5) -- 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (8) 20,524 18,998 17,591
San Jose (16) 9,877 13,633 11,858
Seattle (1) 38,948 42,134 38,496
Toronto FC (9) -- 18,480 20,267
Vancouver (6) 18,992 19,379 20,406
Leaguewide 19,155 18,531 17,872


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



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