MLS: World Cup and Fourth of July raises attendance

The World Cup and annual Fourth of July celebrations helped MLS teams fill up the stadiums as the crowd poured in to watch their home teams play while also celebrating the great nation that is the United States.

Total-mls.com’s Kasey Shadow posted the attendance of all the games from the weekend on his twitter page. Of the nine games played, seven had over 20,000 people in attendance. The only two teams that had less than 20,000 attendees were the Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA.

Chivas USA

Empty seats inside the StubHub Center during a Chivas USA game.

Colorado took on Columbus Crew in front of 18,432 people. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Even the biggest competition in professional sports and America’s Independence Day celebration couldn’t raise Chivas’ attendance. In fact, the attendance at the game against the Montreal Impact was lower than the club’s season average.

There were only 4,201 people who got to see this Erick “”Cubo” Torres’ acrobatic game-winner.

In the same stadium, LA Galaxy had the highest number of attendees. An impressive 27,000 people came out to watch as the powerhouse battled to a 2-2 draw against Portland Timbers. In the star-studded affair, neither Landon Donovan nor Robbie Keane could find the back of the net.

Behind the Galaxy were two Canadian sides. Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps had just over 22,000 in attendance. Toronto fell to Eastern Conference leader DC United and the Whitecaps took down short-handed Seattle Sounders.

Over 22,000 were in hand at the BBVA Compass Stadium to welcome Brad Davis home. The midfielder was one of the MLS players representing the US at the World Cup. He only played once in Brazil, but it was against an opposition he’ll never forget; Germany.

The local hero scored the equalizing goal as Houston could only tie New York Red Bulls 2-2. Giles Barnes scored Houston’s first goal and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to raise his season tally to 14.

Over 21,000 FC Dallas fans got to see their team take down Philadelphia Union and the return of playmaker Mauro Diaz. The fans were also privileged to witness this Tesho Akindele volley in person.

One of the most consistent seat-fillers in the league is farther down the list than most people would have guessed. It was another sellout for Sporting Kansas City with almost 21,000 screaming fans inside Sporting Park.

Even though their team failed to secure all three points, SKC’s faithfuls went back home with a smile on their faces. Before the match, they got to welcome Matt Besler and Graham Zusi back home after their terrific showing in Brazil. They also saw their golden boy, Dom Dwyer score a goal and take a selfie with some fans during his goal celebration.

Zusi came into the game in the second half, but Besler wasn’t among Peter Vermes’ 18. The defenders exclusion might only fuel the rumors that his time with his hometown club might be over.

In Utah, 20,513 Real Salt Lake’s admirers were present to witness Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando’s return. Both MLS legends started and helped put RSL back in the winning column.

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