[ATTENDANCE WATCH] D.C. United's need to find a new stadium is all the more apparent when you look at the situation at RFK Stadium, where the club's support is dwindling. The crowd of 9,445 for Saturday's nationally televised game against Chicago was the club's fifth lowest since its launch in 1996.
MLS: Week 4 Crowds
18,881Real Salt Lake-Toronto FC
15,225New York-Chivas USA
10,525 San Jose-New England
Note:announced sellouts in bold.
Week 4 average:17,498
Season average: 19,035
A decaying stadium doesn't help, but D.C. United's problems are exacerbated by its inability to win. The 2-2 tie with Chicago -- a match played in the rain -- extended its MLS winless streak to 14 games dating back to 2013.
D.C. Mayoral Primary: Incumbent supporter of D.C. United stadium loses
Even last season when it set an MLS record for the fewest wins in a season (3), D.C. United never drew a crowd in four digits. As recently as 2007, D.C. United averaged 20,967 fans a game to rank second in MLS. It led the league in attendance in 2001 with average of 21,518 fans a game even though it finished with an 8-16-2 record.
D.C. United is averaging 11,643 fans a game to rank 17th out of 19 teams, its same ranking in 2013 when it only finished ahead of San Jose and Chivas USA with an average of 13,646 fans a game, only slightly better than its season low of 13,483 fans per game set the previous year.
D.C. United's Smallest MLS Crowds
ATT. MATCH (YEAR)
7,360 D.C. United-New England (Sept. 17, 1996)
7,422 D.C. United-Columbus (March 15, 1996)
8,033 D.C. United-Kansas City (Sept. 9, 2009)
8,053D.C. United-MetroStars (Sept. 6, 1996)
9,445 D.C. United-Chicago (March 29, 2014)