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MLS Week 1 crowds up almost 8 percent
March 10th, 2014 4:37PM

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[ATTENDANCE WATCH] Major League Soccer averaged 21,135 fans for its eight games on opening weekend, an increase of almost 8 percent over the 2013 average for Week 1.

The opening weekend featured a record opening day crowd in Seattle (39,240) and three other announced sellouts in Houston, Portland and Vancouver.

Of the seven teams that also debuted on Week 1 in 2013, only FC Dallas drew fewer fans this season.

The weekend lows were 13,840 (for D.C. United-Columbus with Mayor Vincent C. Gray on hand) and 8,320 (for Chivas USA-Chicago, the first game since MLS took control of the Chivas USA).

MLS: Week 1 Crowds
ATT. MATCH
39,240 Seattle-Sporting KC
25,674 LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake
22,320 Houston-New England
21,000 Vancouver-New York
20,674 Portland-Philadelphia
18,011 FC Dallas-Montreal
13,840 D.C. United-Columbus
8,320 Chivas USA-Chicago
Note: announced sellouts in bold.

2014 Average: 21,135.
2013 Average: 19,513.
2012 Average: 21,573.


2 comments
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: March 10, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.
    8000+ for Chivas? Does that include the cheerleaders and staff? That stadium was empty. Move that franchise to a town that will support it.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 10, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
    > Margaret, did you go to the game? Also, it must be remembered that his "lordship" Garber has declared that the team will stay in Los Angeles, also that it is and will be undergoing a process called "rebranding!" One thing for sure, though, sure glad the Vergara's are no longer in the picture.


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