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MLS weekend highs, WPS lows

It was a good weekend for MLS, what with David Beckham returning in time from the royal wedding to suit up for the Galaxy, a rookie’s hat trick, no broken legs, a touching tribute to Steve Zakuani and home teams rewarding their supporters by winning eight matches and and drawing the other. Best of all was attendance. Despite two low turnouts, the average was more than 19,000. The breakdown:

Seattle 36,287

Dallas 21,867

New York 20,636

Houston 20,577

Portland 18,267

Philadelphia 18,279

Chivas USA 14,058

Colorado 11,789

Columbus 11,298

Meantime, WPS continues to struggle at the box office. Marta, the world’s best female player (and perhaps the greatest female performer of all-time), attracted just 2,164 spectators for her home debut with the Western New York Flash. Boston drew 2,789 and The Team Formerly Known as the Washington Freedom announced 1,008 at its new home in South Florida and didn’t grant any postgame interviews, by order of its nefarious owner.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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