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With huge Seattle crowd, MLS hits 4 million mark
by Mike Woitalla, August 8th, 2012 1:09AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Seattle drew more than 60,000 fans -- the biggest crowd of the season -- for its 4-0 win over Los Angeles as MLS attendance surpassed the 4 million mark. Also in Week 22, New England had its biggest crowd of the season. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Seattle's crowd 60,908, who enjoyed a 4-0 rout of defending champion Los Angeles, was the biggest of the season, surpassing Montreal's 60,860 for a May 12 game, also against the Galaxy. Seattle's crowd on Sunday was the 12th largest in MLS history.

* Seattle's current average is 41,480. Seattle had set the all-time MLS attendance record in each of its first three MLS seasons: 2011 -- 38,496; 2010 -- 36,173; 2009 -- 30,897.

* After disappointing crowds since moving from the Olympic Stadium into renovated Stade Saputo, Montreal attendance is up, drawing 18,535 in Week 22 and 19,441 the previous week.

* New England had its largest announced crowd of the season (19,752) for a 1-0 loss to Kansas City on Saturday. But the Revs' season average remains the lowest in MLS.

* The leaguewide Week 22 average of 23,414 is the highest since Week 2's 23,386.

* MLS has surpassed the 4 million mark (4,007,437) in announced attendance.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 213 games is 18,814, an 8.6 percent increase over the average of 17,295 after Week 22 in 2011.

* MLS's highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996.


Club (2012 Rank)
Week 22
Home Games
2012 Home
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  15,757  15,563  14,273
Chivas USA (18)  --  13,191  14,830
Colorado (13)  15,218  15,073  14,838
Columbus (14)  --  14,858  12,185
Dallas (16)  --  14,221  12,861
D.C. United (17)  14,640  14,178  15,196
Houston (4)  22,039  21,136  17,694
Kansas City (7)  --  19,286  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  --  22,729  23,335
Montreal (2)  18,535  23,628  --
New England (19)  17,592  12,922  13,222
New York (11)  --  17,720  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  --  18,418  18,259
Portland (5)  20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)  --  18,680  17,591
San Jose (15)  --  14,802  11,858
Seattle (1)  60,908  41,480  38,496
Toronto FC (8)  --  19,089  20,267
Vancouver (6)  --  19,384  20,406
Leaguewide  23,141  18,814  17,872

 * Attendance figures, provided by MLS, reflect tickets sold and distributed.

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