Update: The matches on Wednesday and Saturday averaged 14,733 for a total of 73,669 for week 35. The average is currently 18,449. With 5 matches remaining, MLS needs 207,913 through the gates and 41,582 per match. MLS stadium capacities in D.C., Columbus, New York, Vancouver, and Seattle average to 24,860 and total 124,301. The difference to be seen is the total for the match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle versus Los Angeles.
With the last match day of the regular season in Major League Soccer upon us, fans have five fixtures remaining that will decide not only the Supporters Shield winner but the final attendance figures.
Seattle is expecting more than 64,000 in attendance for the regular season finale against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the nationally televised match on ESPN. The expected attendance will help the Sounders go in the Major League Soccer record books for a fifth consecutive year, besting the league attendance record of 43,144 set last season by Seattle. As reported by Seattle,
Sunday’s match will mark the fourth time this season that the club has opened the whole seating capacity at CenturyLink Field, with each match drawing over 53,000 fans for an average of 60,484.
Chivas USA has the league’s lowest average attendance thus far with 8,200.
Prior to the current week 35, Major League Soccer’s 313 matches had combined for 5,793,147 in attendance. The total is 281,582 under last season’s total attendance. There are ten remaining matches to account for in week 35.
Through 323 matches in 2012, total attendance was 6,074,729 and average attendance was 18,807. The average through week 34 is 18,508.
In order to set a new attendance record, these final ten matches must average 28,158. Here is breakout of the remaining matches and their attendances in week 35:
Wednesday, October 23 – total 20,447
- Real Salt Lake versus Chivas USA – Rio Tinto Stadium – 20,447
Saturday, October 26 – total 53,222
- Philadelphia Union versus Sporting Kansas City – PPL Park – 18,462
- Toronto FC versus Montreal Impact – BMO Field – 13,211
- San Jose Earthquakes versus FC Dallas – Buck Shaw Stadium – 10,525
- Chivas USA versus Portland Timbers – StubHub Center – 11,024
Sunday, October 27
- D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo – RFK Stadium – 13,731
- Columbus Crew versus New England Revolution – Columbus Crew Stadium –
- New York Red Bulls versus Chicago Fire – Red Bull Arena –
- Vancouver Whitecaps versus Colorado Rapids – BC Place –
- Seattle Sounders versus Los Angeles Galaxy – CenturyLink Field –