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2017 MLS Attendance

Seattle Sounders opener

A strong crowd for Atlanta United FC in its second match at Bobby Dodd Stadium and a huge crowd for the Seattle Sounders opener shook up the 2017 MLS attendance rankings, as the top four are teams holding matches this season in large stadiums: Atlanta, SeattleMinnesota United FC and the Montreal Impact.

Here are the numbers after the third week of play:

Team Average Total Matches
1 Atlanta United FC 50,610 101,219 2
2 Seattle Sounders 45,600 45,600 1
3 Minnesota United 35,043 35,043 1
4 Montreal Impact 34,373 34,373 1
5 Orlando City SC 25,527 51,054 2
6 LA Galaxy 22,268 44,536 2
7 NYC FC 21,387 42,774 2
8 Portland Timbers 21,144 42,288 2
9 Real Salt Lake 19,934 39,867 2
10 Vancouver Whitecaps 19,761 39,521 2
11 New York Red Bulls 19,375 19,375 1
12 Sporting KC 19,200 38,399 2
13 Houston Dynamo 18,622 37,244 2
14 San Jose Earthquakes 18,000 36,000 2
15 Philadelphia Union 16,795 16,795 1
16t DC United 16,150 32,299 2
16t FC Dallas 16,150 16,150 1
18 Colorado Rapids 15,070 30,139 2
19 Columbus Crew 15,023 15,023 1
20 Chicago Fire 13,024 13,024 1
21 NE Revolution 0 0 0
22 Toronto FC 0 0 0
TOTALS 22,835 730,723 32

It was the best weekend of attendance for MLS in 2017, as 260,970 fans passed the turnstiles. That’s more than the opening weekend tally of 252,299. We expect Atlanta and Seattle to continue to battle for the 2017 MLS attendance crown, as they both have the capability to draw huge crowds throughout the season — even after Atlanta moves to the new downtown Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Image courtesy Seattle Sounders.

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