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Timbers' record crowd among five MLS sellouts
March 17th, 2014 3:55PM

TAGS:  mls


[ATTENDANCE WATCH] Five of the eight games for MLS's Week 2 were announced sellouts, including a record crowd in Portland. On the other hand, the announced crowd of 6,684 for Chivas USA's home game against Vancouver was its second lowest ever.

Portland has sold out all 53 games since its MLS debut in 2011. The Timbers drew 20,814 Sunday for their 1-1 tie with Chicago at Providence Park.

Capacity at the Timbers' stadium was listed as 18,827 in 2011, 20,438 in 2012 and 20,674 in 2013 for the 2014 opener against Philadelphia.

Chivas USA, which has a win and tie in its first two games, drew only one lower crowd in 2013: 5,123 for a September game. It drew an announced crowd of 8,320 for its opener against Chicago.

MLS Week 2: Attendance
38,441 Seattle-Toronto FC
20,814 Portland-Chicago
20,542 New York-Colorado
19,431 Sporting KC-FC Dallas
18,651 Philadelphia-New England
18,245 Houston-Montreal
10,525 San Jose-Real Salt Lake
6,684 Chivas USA-Vancouver
Note: announced sellouts in bold.

19,167 Week 2 Average
20,148 Season Average

  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: March 17, 2014 at 6:43 p.m.
    So with all the cities pursuing an MLS club, why does MLS say ChivasUSA needs to remain in LA, which clearly doesn't want them?
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: March 18, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.
    I agree with Ric. By just removing the word "Chivas" from the name, you will increase the attendance. Very few LA residents identify themselves with this US version of the brand. They could've done much better with the English version of this word like "LA Goats."
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: March 18, 2014 at 5:50 p.m.
    Rebranding....? The choices, or focus for a rebranding will sorely be hampered by its historic reference now to that of formerly Chivas USA! The MLS Brass would do themselves well in going with a non-LA cultural reference, and shoot for something that brings all potential metro-residents to the table....aka, something that refers to American Patriotism would be promising, otherwise it will be co-opted in a negative sence eventually....I would support an unapologetic America's team-like mantra........"L.A. Militia", "So Cal Glory", "Roughriders", "Colonials" (yes, I know that was East coast), even "Patriots" or "Spirit" would be better than some tired used-name, or LA based pop-culture phenom......If the name Columbus Crew can become an after thought, why can't my idea for a rebranding eventually......?
  1. John Soares
    commented on: March 18, 2014 at 6:56 p.m.
    How about a little of both (mentioned above). Send Chivas to ?Florida? new name and brand nobody will remember much less care that it was Chivas. In return promise the next "NEW" team to LA...area. Therefore be no former Chivas reference. To Ric's point, no question Southern Cal. is big enough to support two teams....but it can't continue as Chivas to much negative attached and it will be "former" Chivas at least for a while. ....two birds with one stone!?
  1. John Soares
    commented on: March 18, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.
    OK; bad grammar... but hopefully a good point!!!:)
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: March 18, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.
    Florida is getting two teams, Orlando City and FC Beckham, there are a number of major centers in the US without MLS yet LA has two? Including one that has been given every opportunity and continues to fail!!! If MLS is truly interested in developing the game in all parts of the country, move the team out of LA to a new and promising market. Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Atlanta, New Orleans and many more should be given their chance instead of constantly trying to make it work with two teams in LA. To use the fact that New York will have two teams is errant as those teams will be located in different areas many miles apart, Chivas and the Galaxy share the same facility. I am sure one of the reasons the Galaxy would like Chivas to stay is because of the revenues they get from Chivas using their facility. If the Galaxy were selling out every game there would be a basis for a second club in the same area, however the 27,000-seat stadium rarely has more than 21,000 fans in it. If NYCFC is as big a flop as Chivas USA, I will be among the first to call for it to be moved as well. Before trying to prop up the cadaver that is Chivas USA, let's give more soccer fans the opportunity to support a team in a city other than in Southern California.

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