Seattle Sounders crowd at CenturyLink Field - October 2015
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MLS sets new attendance records, Seattle hold highest average in league

Major League Soccer had another record-breaking year at the box office in 2015. 

The cumulative attendance figures are in for the 2015 MLS regular season, with both individual clubs and the league setting a host of new records. Here are a few of the most notable attendance figures from the 2015 season: 

  • MLS averaged 21,574 fans per game this season, good for a total attendance of 7,335,053
  • The average attendance at an MLS regular season game increased 12.7 percent, moving from 19,147 in 2014 to 21,574 this season.
  • An all-time high of 10 clubs averaged more than 20,000 fans per game
  • The highest average attendance came from the Seattle Sounders at 44,247, which breaks the club's previous league record of 44,038 set in 2013. 
  • The Sounders average attendance ranks second in the Western Hemisphere, and just overtook English Premier League club Liverpool in the global rankings.
  • There were a record 161 sellouts across the league this year, 28 more than the previous mark of 133 set in 2014.

Highest Average Attendance (by club)

Seattle Sounders

44,247

Orlando City

32,847

New York City FC

29,016

Toronto FC

23,451

LA Galaxy 

23,392

Portland Timbers

21,142

San Jose Earthquakes

20,979

Houston Dynamo

20,658

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

20,507

Real Salt Lake

20,160

Sporting Kansas City

19,687

New York Red Bulls

19,657

New England Revolution

19,627

Montreal Impact

17,750

Philadelphia Union

17,451

Columbus Crew SC

16,985

D.C. United

16,244

FC Dallas

16,013

Chicago Fire

16,003

Colorado Rapids

15,657 

MLS did more than just set internal records this year, however. The league's average attendance climbed up the world table, too, ranking seventh among global pro soccer leagues, ahead of the top flights in France, the Netherlands, Argentina and Brazil.

Highest Average Attendance (by league) | source: WorldFootball.net

Bundesliga (GER)

43,177

Premier League (ENG)

36,487

La Liga (ESP)

28,773

Liga MX Apertura (MEX)

24,625

Serie A (ITA)

23,893

Chinese Super League (CHN)

22,580

Major League Soccer

21,574

Primera A Division 2014-15 (ARG)

21,374

Ligue 1 (FRA)

20,904

2.Bundesliga (GER2)

19,147

Eredivisie (NED)

18,398

Série A (BRA)

17,300

Championship (ENG2)

17,118

J-League (JPN)

16,891

A-League 2014-15 (AUS)

12,513

Premier Liga (RUS)

12,459

Primeira Liga (POR)

12,005

Allsvenskan (SWE)

9,845

Premier League (SCO) 

9,904

Süper Lig (TUR)

9,206

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