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MLS Attendance Up over 7%

MLS Daily (http://www.mls-daily.com/) keeps a running tab of MLS attendance figures, and through this past weekend’s games MLS attendance is up 7.03% over this time last season. Considering the economy and the attendance issues that MLB (http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/8/24/1647739/mlb-attendance-drops-cubs-vs) is having, Don Garber must be ecstatic with the numbers.

Leading the way as expected is the Seattle Sounders with an average home attendance this season of over 36,000 fans. The New York Red Bulls have benefited by moving into their soccer only stadium, as they have seen their home attendance jump almost 40%.

The MLS’s latest franchise the Philadelphia Union is off to a good start with over 20,000 average attendance. That number will actually drop before the end for the season as the Union’s new soccer stadium has a capacity of under 19,000.

Team # of Home Games Avg. Attendance % Change From ’09
Seattle Sounders FC 11 36,154.64 +19.70%
Toronto FC 10 20,509.70 +1.09%
Philadelphia Union 9 20,346.89 N/A
Los Angeles Galaxy 9 20,319.00 +5.32%
New York Red Bulls 10 17,424.90 +39.54%
Houston Dynamo 10 16,877.80 +8.62%
Real Salt Lake 11 16,755.45 +3.35%
Chicago Fire 9 15,485.56 +18.87%
D.C. United 10 14,701.70 -7.46%
Chivas USA 9 14,268.11 -11.99%
Columbus Crew 10 13,984.00 +6.63%
Colorado Rapids 9 13,157.78 +1.86%
New Revolution 10 11,813.90 -16.73%
FC Dallas 9 10,953.33 +17.70%
Kansas City Wizards 10 10,081.70 +0.63%
San Jose Earthquakes 9 9,508.56 -15.37%
2010 155 games Average: 16,595.49
2009 146 games Average: 15,504.88
Change +7.03%
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