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2017 MLS Attendance

Toronto FC

Despite four of the five top-drawing teams playing this week on the road, this week’s 2017 MLS attendance numbers were among the best of the season, as the top four box-office draws are now evenly split between the United States and Canada: Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal.

Here are the numbers after the eighth week of play:

Team Average Total Matches
1 Atlanta United FC 50,610 101,219 2
2 Seattle Sounders 42,891 85,782 2
3 Toronto FC 27,273 81,818 3
4 Montreal Impact 25,759 51,517 2
5 Orlando City SC 25,527 102,108 4
6 Minnesota United 23,421 70,262 3
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 22,331 111,655 5
8 NYC FC 21,328 85,310 4
9 LA Galaxy 21,198 63,594 3
10 Portland Timbers 21,144 105,720 5
11 Sporting KC 19,216 57,648 3
12 Real Salt Lake 18,971 75,882 4
13 New York Red Bulls 18,925 75,700 4
14 San Jose Earthquakes 18,000 72,000 4
15 Houston Dynamo 17,640 88,201 5
16 DC United 16,429 65,714 4
17 Philadelphia Union 15,973 63,892 4
18 FC Dallas 15,870 47,609 3
19 Chicago Fire 15,369 61,475 4
20 Colorado Rapids 15,075 45,226 3
21 NE Revolution 13,344 53,374 4
22 Columbus Crew 12,659 50,635 4
TOTALS 20,460 1,616,341 79

The league total of 226,601 was the third-highest of the season, trailing only weeks 1 and 2. The average of 18,883 was among the lowest of the season, a number dragged down by two small New England Revolution crowds. Still, the total attendance was an impressive number, considering that of the top five MLS teams on the attendance front, only one — Toronto FC — was in action. Above-average crowds for Toronto FCNYC FC and New York Red Bulls paced the league attendance.

Coming up, 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.

All attendance figures come from the MLS website. Image courtesy Toronto FC.

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