Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
More than half of MLS teams open with sellouts
by Paul Kennedy, March 24th, 2014 8:16PM

TAGS:  mls, soccer business


[ATTENDANCE WATCH] Ten of the 19 MLS openers were announced sellouts, the most in league history. And 13 of the 18 teams opening in the same stadium they opened in last year matched or increased last year's opening-day crowds.

In Week 3, seven teams played their 2014 home openers, including the Montreal Impact, which drew a crowd of 27,207 at Olympic Stadium for its match against Seattle delayed by a day because of snow on Saturday. The crowd was less than half the opening day crowd of 58,912 at Olympic Stadium two years ago for the Impact's first MLS home game. The only other teams to draw smaller opening-day crowds in 2014 were New York, FC Dallas, D.C. United and Sporting KC though the reigning MLS champion's openers were announced sellouts both years.

Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC drew sellout crowds in Week 3. TFC attracted 22,591 fans at BMO Field after opening the 2013 season indoors at the Rogers Centre. Sporting KC's crowd of 19,368 for its game against San Jose was its 38th straight MLS sellout.

Through Week 3, MLS is averaging 19,588 fans a game.

MLS Opening Day Crowds, 2014:
ATT. MATCH (2013 ATT.)
39,240 Seattle-Sporting KC (38,998)
27,207 Montreal-Seattle (37,896)
(Played at Olympic Stadium both years)
25,634 LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake (20,124)
22,591 Toronto FC-D.C. United (25,991)
(Played at Rogers Centre in 2013)
22,320 Houston-New England (20,019)
21,000 Vancouver-New York (21,000)
20,674 Portland-Philadelphia (20,674)
20,542 New York-Colorado (22,022)
20,466 Real Salt Lake-LA Galaxy (20,370)
19,431 Sporting KC-FC Dallas (19,868)
18,651 Philadelphia-New England (18,160)
18,011 FC Dallas-Montreal (18,075)
17,517 Columbus-Philadelphia  (16,528)
16,228 Chicago-New York (13,242)
15,135 Colorado-Portland (15,122)
13,840 D.C. United-Columbus (17,072)
13,103 New England-Vancouver (12,215)
10,525 San Jose-Real Salt Lake (10,525)
8,320 Chivas USA-Chicago (7,121)
Note: announced sellouts in bold.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"For the most part, the competition part of it is somewhat useless. I guess the part ...
Business Report: Michael Bradley signs with Puma    
U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley signed a long-term contract with Puma to wear its latest ...
USA-Mexico: Who's got the edge at each position    
Soccer is a team game, a collective test of 11-v-11, and in one of the biggest ...
NBC Deportes will air all 52 Under-17 World Cup games    
NBC Deportes will air all 52 games from the Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off Oct. ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I think that this is a tremendous challenge that we've embarked on and I'm not ready ...
What They're Saying: Stephen Flamhaft    
"They have not in any shape or form condemned Blazer. That's offensive to me. I'm a ...
Fox Sports and Univision ready for Concacaf Cup    
Saturday's USA-Mexico for the Concacaf Cup, on the docket for more than two months, will draw ...
Honduras stands in way of U.S. Olympic berth    
The USA, which failed to qualify for two of the last three men's Olympic soccer tournaments, ...
Video Pick: How the U.S. U-19s lost 8-1 to Germany    
It was a rough outing indeed for the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann in the ...
Video Pick: England coach impresses with ball puncture    
During England's preparations for Friday's European Championship qualifier against Estonia, goalkeeper coach Dave Watson impressed Joe ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives