Mike Woitalla of Soccer America writes of the continued success at the turnstiles of Major League Soccer, which is on track to shatter their average attendance record - the 2011 average of 17,872 set the record a year ago, and after the first three weeks, MLS clubs are averaging 20,861 fans per game.
Five teams had their home openers last weekend, including Columbus, whose crowd nearly doubled the figure from a year ago. For MLS team attendance rankings ...
* In 2011, the Columbus Crew finished with its lowest attendance average (12,185) since moving into the MLS's first soccer-specific stadium in 1999. And its 2011 home opener drew only 10,306. So there's reason for optimism after it opened this season with 18,197 to see a 2-1 win over Montreal.
* Last weekend's other home openers: New York (21,024), Toronto (20,070), Chicago (18,075), and New England (12,925).
* Seattle, on Friday night, had Week 3's biggest crowd -- 38,304 to watch a 2-0 win over Houston.