MLS Week 1 crowds up almost 8 percent
[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
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).
Week 1 Crowds
39,240 Seattle-Sporting KC
25,674 LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake
22,320 Houston-New England
21,000 Vancouver-New York
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.
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