Seattle Sounders Setting Standard for 2010 MLS Attendance

Bill HareCorrespondent IApril 30, 2010

SEATTLE - APRIL 17:  A fan of the Seattle Sounders FC looks on during the game against the Kansas City Wizards on April 17, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer has long recognized the interest and value of the impressive fan base of the Seattle Sounders FC, and the enthusiasm with which locals fill the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field and root on the home team.

Based on current MLS attendance figures, the Sounders on three home dates have averaged an impressive 36,077, drawing a total of 108,231 thus far in the 2010 campaign.

Philadelphia Union was next with 34,870, based on one appearance.  It should also be noted that Philadelphia will be switching venues in late June when their soccer specific PPL Park is slated to open.  PPL Park will hold a capacity of around 18,500, according to Jonathon Feyerherm of The 90th Minute Soccer Blog.

Los Angeles Galaxy, while not at the level of support the team enjoyed when David Beckham was healthy, has drawn a solid 61,525 over three appearances, for an average of 20,508.

Toronto FC continues to draw solidly.  In two appearances, the Canadian club has played to 40,372 patrons, for an average of 20,186 per contest.

Real Salt Lake and D.C. United have averaged close to 20,000 fans per game.  The Utah club played to a throng of 19,970 in its sole home appearance this season.  D.C. United has drawn 39,071 patrons and an average of 19,535 average in 2 home matches.

The New York Red Bulls, playing in a new home stadium, Red Bull Arena, have played before 53,858 patrons in three dates for a solid average of 17,952.

Houston Dynamo has drawn 49,499 fans for three games and an average of 16,499 per contest.

Chicago Fire drew 31,588 viewers in two appearances, for an average of 15,794 thus far this season.

Columbus Crew has averaged 13,929 per contest for two appearances and a total of 27,858.

Four teams stand at the 10,000-plus per contest figure.  They are Colorado Rapids at a 10,784 average for two games, New England Revolution with 10,470 for two matches, Chivas USA at 10,418 for three dates, and the Kansas City Wizards with a 10,219 average for three appearances.

In terms of aforementioned Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes, with 19,671 in two games for a 9,835 average, MLS analyst Jonathon Feyerherm cautions, “San Jose and KC are in small stadiums, so their numbers are fairly low but both are on their way to new stadiums.”

FC Dallas is in last place in per-game attendance with three appearances and 27,084 patrons, for an average of 9,028.


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