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Sounders lead MLS in attendance, again

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The Sounders failed to break their own attendance record, but still led MLS to another one.

Sporting Kansas City v Seattle Sounders Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Once again, your Seattle Sounders finish the season at the top of the table in regards to overall attendance. The Sounders averaged 42,636 per game across 17 home matches this season. Though it’s a slight drop compared to last year where the average was 44,247 for the season.

Orlando City was second to the Sounders with average attendance of 31,324 at Camping World Stadium. Ten MLS teams averaged over 20,000 a game in 2016 and 11 teams saw attendance increase. FC Dallas finished at the bottom of the group with 14,094 this year, down from 16,013 in 2015.

Vancouver saw a 8.89 percent increase from 20,507 in 2015 to 22,330 in 2016. Montreal experienced the biggest jump with a gain of 16.45 percent from 17,750 in 2015 to 20,669 this season.

For the third straight year overall attendance increased across MLS; which drew more than seven million fans over 330 matches in 2016. The league currently ranks sixth in the world for attendance and, according to ESPN FC, is ahead of Serie A in Italy and Ligue 1 in France.

In terms of average attendance, MLS is behind Bundesliga (41,968), La Liga (38,076), Premier League (35,516), Liga MX (26,794) and Chinese Super League (24,255).