Major League Soccer (MLS) revenue
Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest-level professional soccer league in the U.S. and in Canada. 17 of the 20 teams are located in the U.S. and only three – Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps – are located in Canada. Toronto FC has the highest revenue amongst the Canadian MLS teams, 32 million U.S. dollars as of 2014, ranking fourth in the league in terms of revenue. Seattle Sounders leads the ranking, with 50 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2014, while LA Galaxy takes second place and Portland Timbers ranks third. Seattle Sounders is also the most valuable team in the league, valued at 245 million U.S. dollars in 2015. LA Galaxy also closely follows the Sounders in the ranking, with a team value of 240 million U.S. dollars. Houston Dynamo is the third most valuable team in the league.
The Seattle Sounders leads the league in attendance as well. In the 2015 season, the Seattle-based club had, by far, the highest average attendance per game in the league. In that particular season, the team registered an average of around 44,250 spectators per game. Orlando City had the second highest average attendance per game – about 32,850 spectators per game. Overall, both the interest in the league and the overall attendance to MLS events have been on the rise in the last few years. The number of people interested in the league in the U.S. reached the highest figure to date in the spring of 2015 – close to seven million people – while attendance registered a peak in the spring of 2014. During that period, 3.25 million people attended a Major League Soccer event in the U.S.