MLS Attendance Grows by 13%, Sounders Lead The Way With Expansion-side Orlando City in Second

Sounders crowd

With the end of the 2015 MLS Regular season, so comes the final attendance numbers for the year.

The average attendance in 2015 had a 12.8% increase compared to last season.

In all,  MLS saw 7,335,053 fans go through the turnstiles while averaging 21,574 fans per game which ranks seventh in the world in front of the top flight leagues in France, Holland, Argentina, and Brazil.

Surely, with big name players in the league like Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Sebastian Giovinco, Clint Dempsey, and many more, the growth in numbers compared to last season were bound to grow.

With an attendance of 55,435 in their regular season finale against Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders FC has set a new MLS attendance record with a 2015 average of 44,247. The mark breaks the club’s previous league record of 44,038 set in 2013. The club’s current MLS sellout streak stands at 124 consecutive matches, also an MLS record.

Sounders FC now has the seven highest single-season attendance totals in league history, leading the league each season since entering MLS in 2009. Sounders FC is currently second in average attendance in the Western Hemisphere, and the club just surpassed Barclays Premier League side Liverpool in the current global attendance rankings.

Talk about big numbers, but how do the rest compare?

Both Expansion teams, New York City FC and Orlando City FC had very solid years, with the latter setting the expansion attendance record with 32,847 fans. To make things better, 10 clubs, an all-time high, averaged more than 20,000 fans per game.

Furthermore, there were a record number of sellouts in MLS this season with 161 across the league which is 28 more than the mark of 133 sellouts in 2014.

These numbers are a great reflection about where the game of soccer is going in the United States. It is gaining a lot of popularity and will continue to grow with new expansion franchises joining the league very soon (cough, cough).

While Some argue the level of play is not the same as other leagues, one must understand that MLS is only 20 years old, and for that this is an unprecedented feat.

Below is the complete attendance numbers for 2015:


And here’s how MLS stacks up versus the rest of the world:


Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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