More than 6 million fans attended regular-season Major League Soccer games this season, a record for the 17-year-old league. The 19 teams drew an average crowd of 18,807 for each match, a 5% increase over last season, according to figures released by the league.
That also marked the third consecutive season in which average attendance rose in MLS, which outdrew the NBA and NHL for a second straight year, per game.
The rising tide did not lift all boats, however. The defending league-champion Galaxy, which played to six sellouts at the 27,000-seat Home Depot Center, was one of eight teams to see its average attendance fall, dropping 199 fans a game to 23,136 for 17 dates.
Chivas USA, which also plays at the Home Depot Center, drew a league-worst 13,056, the lowest figure in its eight-year history. The Seattle Sounders, meanwhile, drew a league-record average of 43,144 fans to its games at Century Link Field.