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Didier Drogba says there are still a 'lot of things to improve' in MLS

Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba says MLS has a way to go before it can be considered among the word's best leagues.

Drogba scored 11 goals in as many starts for Montreal since joining the league in August and helped the Impact qualify for the playoffs. They will host Toronto FC in their first-ever playoff game at home on Thursday.

The former Chelsea star said he had seen many good things on the pitch in his first few months in MLS, but said some changes will need to be made away from the field before time to take its' place among Europe's top divisions.

"The MLS is a good league, with some good teams, and you can see that there's some good football players here," Drogba said after scoring twice in the Impact's regular-season finale on Sunday.

Didier Drogba's arrival to Shenhua was heralded, but his time in China did not even last a year.
Didier Drogba signed with Montreal in August and led the Impact into the playoffs.

"But I think if this league wants to be one of the best in the world in the next few years I think there's a lot of things to improve, like the travelling for the players, and playing on turf surfaces.

"If you want to compare this league to the English one, to the French, to the Spanish, to the big leagues, it has a lot to do. But I hope the league [will get better] and I think it's on the way."

MLS has continued to make gains in attendance, announcing record highs on Monday of 7,335,053 total fans for an average of 21,574.

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New York Red Bulls
53.6%
31.7%
22.6%
FC Dallas
52.4%
28.7%
18.8%
Vancouver Whitecaps
48.9%
22.5%
13.5%
Portland Timbers
51.1%
24.0%
12.5%
Seattle Sounders
47.6%
24.9%
13.5%
Columbus Crew
49.6%
21.1%
8.5%
D.C. United
46.4%
25.4%
6.2%
Montreal Impact
50.4%
21.9%
4.5%

The league, citing statistics from worldfootball.net, said that was good for seventh in the world, with higher average attendance then the top leagues in Brazil, Argentina, France and the Netherlands.

With the addition of expansion franchises Orlando City and New York City FC, the average attendance jumped 12.7 percent to 21,574 this season, while half the clubs in the league averaged more than 20,000 per game.

The Seattle Sounders led MLS in average attendance at 44,247 per game, a new high even for the team that has led the league every year since joining in 2009. The Colorado Rapids had the smallest average crowds for the first time since the league's inaugural season in 1996.

The 161 sellouts also set a league record, up from last year's high of 133.

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