MLS breaks regular-season attendance records for third straight season

Major League Soccer logged a third straight regular-season attendance record in 2016, and the league now ranks sixth in the world in attendance -- ahead of Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1, according to ESPNFC.com.

The regular-season numbers were finalized Monday, after nine of 10 Decision Day matches sold out, according to Soccer America. Sunday also saw MLS set a record for most fans in a single day with 283,807.

For the year, MLS drew more than 7 million fans across 330 matches. Average attendance per match was 21,692, up slightly vs. 2015.

Seattle Sounders FC led the league with total home attendance of 724,809, averaging 42,636 fans per game. The biggest percentage gains were posted by the league's Canadian clubs, two of whom saw their average attendance go increase by double-digit percentages: Montreal Impact (20,669; 16.%) and Toronto FC (25,583; 13.4%). The Vancouver Whitecaps (22,330) were up 8.89 percent.

Overall, 11 clubs increased their attendance and 10 averaged more than 20,000 fans, both matching highs first set last season. MLS also set a new record with 162 sellouts, one more than the previous high, also set in 2015. Average attendance has also increased 40 percent in the 10-year span since 2006, when average attendance was 15,504.

MLS Attendance

2016 2015  
  Dates Total Avg. % of Cap Prev. +/- Capacity
SEA 17 724,809  42,636 111.32 44,247 -3.64 38,300
ORL 17 532,500 31,324 104.41 32,847 -4.64 30,000
NYC 17 462,336 27,196 98.79 29,016 -6.27 27,528
TOR 17 451,917 26,583 88.61 23,451 13.36 30,000
LA 17 427,492 25,147 97.97 23,392 7.50 25,667
VAN 17 379,603 22,330 100.95 20,507 8.89 22,120
POR 17 359,448 21,144 100 21,142 0.01 21,144
MTL 17 351,366 20,669 102.93 17,750 16.45 20,081
NY 17 350,535 20,620 81.86 19,822 4.03 25,189
NE 17 343,150 20,185 100.93 19,627 2.84 20,000
SJ 17 338,816 19,930 110.72 20,979 -5 18,000
RSL 17 335,909  19,759 97.75 20,160 -1.99 20,213
SKC 17 333,155 19,597 106.12 19,687 -0.46 18,467
HOU 17 323,361 19,021 86.31 20,658 -7.92 22,039
PHI 17 297,825 17,519 94.7 17,451 0.39 18,500
CLB 17 291,128 17,125 85.76 16,513 3.71 19,968
DC 17 290,381 17,081 86.94 16,224 5.28 19,647
COL 17 276,721 16,278 90.43 15,657 3.97 18,000
CHI 17 265,234 15,602 78.01 16,003 -2.51 20,000
DAL 17 239,601 14,094 85.42 16,013 -11.98 16,500
Totals 330 7,375,287 21,692 95.50 21,558 0.62  

MLS vs World Attendance

Source ESPNFC.com

Bundesliga (GER) 41,968
Premier League (ENG) 35,516
La Liga (ESP) 38,076
Liga MX (MEX) 26,794
Chinese Super League (CHN) 24,255
MLS (USA) 21,692
Serie A (ITA) 21,069
Ligue 1 (FRA) 20,898
Championship (ENG) 19,553
2.Bundesliga (GER) 19,176

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