Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Record crowd in Montreal paces MLS

MLS attendance has soared at the start of this 2012 season, with a leaguewide average of 21,107 fans per match.

This number has been bolstered by the Montreal Impact's first MLS home game- which drew 58,912 to the Olympic Stadium- setting an attendance record for pro soccer in the Canadian city.

Mike Woitalla of Soccer America recorded these facts about week 2 of Major League Soccer-

* The Impact crowd for a 1-1 tie with Chicago on Saturday broke the record of 58,542 set by the Manic for a North American Soccer League playoff game in 1981.

* The Seattle Sounders, which have led the league in attendance the past three seasons, opened with 38,709 for a 3-1 win over Toronto.

* The 21,816 for San Jose's hosting of Houston was at San Francisco's AT&T Park and was the first part of a doubleheader with Mexico-Senegal U-23s.

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