Major League Soccer continues to build the fan base and saw a 12.7% increase to an average of 21,574 fans in attendance in 2015 when compared to 2014 season. It was the first season in MLS’ history that they broke the 20,000 fan mark.
The Seattle Sounders once again paced the league with an average attendance of 44,247 in 2015. They have averaged over 36k since joining the league in 2010. Expansion sides were huge in pushing the league over the 20,000 mark with Orlando City averaging 32,847 and New York City FC at 29,016.
The league is still playing catch-up but fares relatively well against some of the best known leagues in the world. The Bundesliga tops the attendance charts globally with an average of 43,000+ while the Premier League averages 36,000+. But keep in mind that these league are paced with teams like Borussia Dortmund (80,424 avg) and Bayern Munich (72,882 avg) and 5 other teams with 50,000+ and the Premier League always getting big crowds for Manchester United (75,335) and Arsenal (59,992).