MLS attendance figures hit new high

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The rejuvenation of MLS continues after new figures revealed that more people have attended matches in the first four weeks of this season than they did at the same time last year.

The American league has been able to attract a higher calibre of player than ever for the 2014 season, with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley signing for Toronto, and Clint Dempsey now plying his trade in Seattle. 

The arrival of those players plus the presence of big-name veterans like Thierry Henry have helped lure in a bigger audience than last year, with the average attendance of an MLS game over the first four weeks registering at an impressive 19,029.

That's an improvement of 3.2%, with 18,434 on average turning up to watch games in the first four weeks of 2013.

The Sounders lead the way - they lure on average 38,717 fans to every home game they play.

Big-name franchises such as LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls also pull in sizeable crowds, while Montreal Impact average home crowds of just over 27,000.

At the other end of the scale, Chivas USA have the lowest average crown in MLS - with a lowly 7,502 turning out to watch their team.

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