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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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