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Because It Never Gets Old

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From the June 27, 1994 issue of The Sporting News comes this story on the new soccer league that would start up less than two years later.

From The Sporting News June 27, 1994

Yeah, loud wrong.

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June 27th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Taking Attendance 6/18/2012

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I just noticed this seems to be the only stuff I post here anymore. Sorry about that. I really don’t have much to say that’s over 140 characters most of the time anymore.

Anyway, here are the latest attendance figures for the various leagues, with only a few quick notes because I’m otherwise engaged:

THE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER G Total Average
Seattle Sounders 8 308,698 38,587
Montreal Impact 6 199,600 33,267
Houston Dynamo 4 88,156 22,039
Los Angeles Galaxy 8 176,305 22,038
Portland Timbers 7 143,066 20,438
Sporting KC 7 135,549 19,364
Vancouver Whitecaps 8 152,051 19,006
Toronto FC 6 113,336 18,889
Real Salt Lake 7 129,403 18,486
Philadelphia Union 6 110,439 18,407
New York Red Bulls 6 94,939 15,823
Colorado Rapids 6 91,165 15,194
Chicago Fire 7 100,906 14,415
DC United 9 123,013 13,668
Chivas USA 8 109,239 13,655
Columbus Crew 6 79,314 13,219
FC Dallas 8 105,451 13,181
New England Revolution 7 82,730 11,819
San Jose Earthquakes 7 81,677 11,668
MLS TOTAL 131 2,425,037 18,512
 
NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE G Total Average
San Antonio Scorpions 6 56,757 9,460
Atlanta Silverbacks 6 28,180 4,697
Minnesota Stars FC 4 15,461 3,865
Carolina RailHawks 6 18,610 3,102
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7 21,491 3,070
Tampa Bay Rowdies 5 15,301 3,060
FC Edmonton 5 7,925 1,585
Puerto Rico Islanders 7 7,812 1,116
NASL TOTAL 46 171,537 3,729
 
USL PRO G Total Average
Orlando City 7 48,844 6,978
Rochester Rhinos 4 26,554 6,639
Wilmington Hammerheads 6 23,966 3,994
Charleston Battery 6 22,367 3,728
Richmond Kickers 5 14,990 2,998
Harrisburg City Islanders 6 7,683 1,281
Antigua Barracuda FC 6 6,400 1,067
Los Angeles Blues 6 5,382 897
Dayton Dutch Lions 4 3,465 866
Charlotte Eagles 6 4,954 826
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 5 4,052 810
USL PRO TOTAL 61 168,657 2,765
 
PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE G Total Average
Portland Timbers U-23s 5 18,314 3,663
Des Moines Menace 5 17,963 3,593
Fresno Fuego 4 13,100 3,275
Carolina Dynamo 4 7,535 1,884
Austin Aztex 6 7,863 1,311
West Texas Sockers 5 6,293 1,259
Ventura County Fusion 5 5,687 1,137
Victoria Highlanders FC 5 4,785 957
Western Mass Pioneers 4 3,613 903
Michigan Bucks 3 2,413 804
Forest City London 2 1,550 775
FC Tucson 4 2,718 680
Palmetto FC Bantams 5 3,287 657
Laredo Heat 3 1,962 654
Baltimore Bohemians 3 1,818 606
Kitsap Pumas 2 1,178 589
BYU Cougars 4 2,236 559
Panama City Beach Pirates 2 1,115 558
Mississippi Brilla 4 2,185 546
Thunder Bay Chill 4 2,155 539
WSA Winnipeg 6 3,000 500
Sounders FC U23 5 2,455 491
Long Island Rough Riders 4 1,628 407
CFC Azul 6 2,363 394
Fredericksburg Hotspur 5 1,941 388
Ocean City Nor’easters 3 1,154 385
El Paso Patriots 5 1,908 382
Orlando City U23 3 1,083 361
Worcester Hydra 5 1,799 360
Ocala Stampede 3 1,000 333
St. Louis Lions 4 1,332 333
Virginia Beach Piranhas 4 1,319 330
Seacoast United Phantoms 4 1,185 296
Jersey Express 4 1,139 285
Reading United AC 4 1,081 270
Real Colorado Foxes 4 1,050 263
Cincinnati Kings 5 1,296 259
GPS Portland Phoenix 6 1,451 242
Northern Virginia Royals 6 1,354 226
FC Jax Destroyers 4 850 213
Kansas City Brass 1 213 213
Boston Victory 5 1,053 211
River City Rovers 4 820 205
VSI Tampa Flames 4 791 198
Southern California Seahorses 5 980 196
Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors 4 765 191
West Virginia Chaos 5 914 183
Ogden Outlaws 6 1,074 179
LA Misioneros FC 3 454 151
Hamilton FC Rage 2 300 150
Texas Dutch Lions 1 150 150
North Sound SeaWolves FC 3 441 147
Ottawa Fury 3 387 129
Chicago Inferno 3 385 128
Westchester Flames 4 480 120
Toronto Lynx 4 475 119
Orange County Blue Star 6 697 116
Springfield Demize 8 878 110
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 5 505 101
IMG Bradenton Academics 7 665 95
Nashville Metros 3 285 95
Brooklyn Knights 4 377 94
Bermuda Hogges 4 373 93
Washington Crossfire 5 419 84
Central Jersey Spartans 3 245 82
Fraser Valley Mariners FC 4 310 78
Pali Blues 3 230 77
New Jersey Rangers FC 3 205 68
Chicago Fire 2 90 45
PDL TOTAL 283 153,119 541
 
WPSL ELITE G Total Average
Boston Breakers 2 4,654 2,327
Western New York Flash 2 2,057 1,029
New England Mutiny 1 937 937
Philadelphia Fever 1 782 782
ASA Chesapeake Charge 1 400 400
WPSL-E TOTAL 7 8,830 1,261
 
W-LEAGUE G Total Average
Seattle Sounders Women 3 13,500 4,500
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 4,505 1,126
Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2 1,233 617
DC United Women 2 1,085 543
Charlotte Lady Eagles 4 2,109 527
Northern Virginia Majestics 2 1,019 510
Quebec City Amiral 3 1,359 453
New Jersey Wildcats 3 1,331 444
Colorado Rush 3 1,272 424
Virginia Beach Piranhas 4 1,670 418
Victoria Highlanders 5 1,922 384
Dayton Dutch Lions 2 731 366
Colorado Rapids Women 2 700 350
Fredericksburg Impact 4 1,388 347
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 1,370 343
Long Island Rough Riders 3 971 324
Central SC Cobras 2 505 253
Ottawa Fury 2 465 233
North Jersey Valkyries 2 412 206
FC Jax Destroyers 3 591 197
Los Angeles Strikers 3 570 190
Pali Blues 3 537 179
New York Magic 2 301 151
Laval Comets 2 260 130
Rochester Ravens 4 510 128
Hamilton FC Rage 3 382 127
London Gryphons 2 194 97
Toronto Lady Lynx 1 75 75
VSI Tampa Flames 3 195 65
New Jersey Rangers 4 190 48
W-LEAGUE TOTAL 86 41,352 481

NOTES:

  • MLS is on pace right now to draw slightly more than six million fans, but that’s if everybody holds their current averages and Montreal can’t now that they’ve moved back into Saputo Stadium.
  • Speaking of which, how do you get 60,000 for a game in Olympic Stadium and yet not sell out the first game back at Saputo? The Impact only drew 17,112 for Saputo’s rebirth after averaging 36,498 (with a previous low of 19,223) for five games at the Big O.
  • The Minnesota Stars had a franchise-high crowd of 2,908, the biggest NSC Stadium league attendance since the old Thunder drew 3,773 to a USL First Division match on September 20, 2009 against Charleston last July 22, when Montreal was in town and they drew 3,071 (thanks, ERic).
  • Atlanta’s crowd of 6,000 against Carolina Saturday was also a club record, but tickets were free as part of We’ll Make It Up To You Fan Appreciation Night.
  • Orlando drew 6,148 Sunday night and continue to lead USL Pro at just under 7k a night. On the other side of the coin, the LA Blues drew 276 and 239 for two matches against Dayton this weekend. The Blues, I fear, are not long for this world.
  • I have seven – seven – attendance figures from the 31 matches played in the WPSL Elite League. It is not, apparently, a big concern for them.
  • Seattle Sounders Women continue to lead the W-League after another sellout crowd of 4,500 at Starfire yesterday against the LA Strikers. Remarkable that Seattle has just now discovered a team that averaged just over 500 people a game last year and for most of the last several years, and that they’re still turning out after the US Women’s National Team stars are away.
  • PDL figures are a lot easier to come by than WPSL ones, but I’m still missing about 15 percent of the games from the amateur league. Portland – on the basis of two 8k+ crowds at JELD-WEN, still leads the league, but its margin over Des Moines shrank after the Timbers U23s drew 505 to Sherwood High School yesterday. (Portland moves its U23 games around the area to venues of differing sizes.) And thanks to the fine folks at the Austin Aztex, who directed me to a figure I didn’t have. Austin – which lost the original Aztex to Orlando after 2010 – is doing well in the PDL.

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June 18th, 2012 at 10:37 am

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Taking Attendance, 6/4/2012

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Here are the latest attendance figures for all the various leagues in the US and Canada, through games of Sunday, June 3. I’m missing a couple of USL Pro attendance figures (both in Dayton), a couple W-League figures, several in WPSL Elite (both leagues have been a bit lax in other areas lately) and many in the PDL. But based on what I have, this is how the league attendance figures look as of today.

The Major League Soccer G Total Average Median High Low
Seattle 8 308,698 38,587 38,380 39,312 38,301
Montreal 5 182,488 36,498 23,120 60,860 19,223
Los Angeles 7 155,694 22,242 22,143 27,000 16,512
Houston 3 66,117 22,039 22,039 22,039 22,039
Portland 7 143,066 20,438 20,438 20,438 20,438
Kansas City 6 115,061 19,177 19,876 20,404 15,161
Vancouver 6 114,074 19,012 19,333 21,000 15,382
Toronto 6 113,336 18,889 18,710 20,070 18,227
Salt Lake 7 129,403 18,486 18,219 20,415 16,738
Philadelphia 5 91,563 18,313 18,526 19,074 17,189
New York 6 94,939 15,823 15,517 21,024 11,315
Colorado 6 91,165 15,194 15,008 19,152 10,969
Chicago 6 82,380 13,730 13,852 18,075 10,489
DC United 9 123,013 13,668 13,975 16,314 10,135
Chivas USA 7 95,423 13,632 14,127 18,800 7,723
Columbus 6 79,314 13,219 11,747 18,197 10,479
Dallas 8 105,451 13,181 11,953 20,906 10,069
New England 6 70,512 11,752 12,318 16,414 6,149
San Jose 7 81,677 11,668 10,256 21,816 8,734
MLS TOTAL 121 2,243,374 18,540 18,027 60,860 6,149
 
North American Soccer League G Total Average Median High Low
San Antonio 5 49,750 9,950 9,536 13,151 8,310
Atlanta 5 22,180 4,436 4,743 5,000 3,261
Minnesota 3 12,553 4,184 2,168 8,693 1,692
Carolina 5 16,030 3,206 3,041 3,683 2,718
Fort Lauderdale 6 18,828 3,138 2,835 4,779 2,404
Tampa Bay 5 15,301 3,060 3,166 3,536 2,288
Edmonton 4 6,429 1,607 1,394 2,521 1,120
Puerto Rico 5 5,249 1,050 1,060 1,542 520
NASL TOTAL 38 146,320 3,851 3,085 13,151 520
 
USL Pro G Total Average Median High Low
Orlando 5 37,094 7,419 7,231 8,421 6,722
Rochester 3 20,610 6,870 7,414 7,959 5,237
Wilmington 5 20,595 4,119 4,456 5,183 2,482
Charleston 5 19,123 3,825 3,819 4,729 3,162
Richmond 4 12,797 3,199 2,758 5,009 2,273
Los Angeles 4 4,867 1,217 1,118 2,432 200
Harrisburg 5 5,725 1,145 1,223 1,540 355
Antigua 6 6,400 1,067 900 1,800 800
Dayton 3 2,645 882 853 1,012 780
Pittsburgh 4 2,996 749 730 1,005 532
Charlotte 5 3,507 701 576 964 522
USL PRO TOTAL 49 136,359 2,783 1,540 8,421 200
 
USL PDL G Total Average Median High Low
Portland (Ore.) 4 17,809 4,452 4,643 8,174 349
Des Moines 4 14,002 3,501 3,497 3,765 3,243
Fresno 3 10,357 3,452 4,273 4,361 1,723
Carolina 2 4,765 2,383 2,383 2,741 2,024
Austin 4 5,344 1,336 1,015 2,507 808
West Texas 4 5,113 1,278 1,191 1,644 1,088
Ventura County 4 4,816 1,204 1,212 1,547 846
Victoria 3 3,018 1,006 1,126 1,172 720
Western Mass 2 1,902 951 951 1,491 411
London 1 850 850 850 850 850
Michigan 2 1,627 814 814 1,342 285
Palmetto 3 2,359 786 702 1,031 626
Laredo 1 763 763 763 763 763
Baltimore 2 1,466 733 733 753 713
Tucson 3 2,132 711 686 812 634
Kitsap 2 1,178 589 589 593 585
Winnipeg 4 2,250 563 400 1,200 250
Mississippi 4 2,185 546 550 667 418
Thunder Bay 2 1,092 546 546 583 509
Sounders FC U23 2 1,037 519 519 712 325
Panama City Beach 1 517 517 517 517 517
Fredericksburg 2 924 462 462 512 412
Long Island 2 913 457 457 585 328
BYU 2 902 451 451 607 295
Ocala 2 850 425 425 500 350
CFC Azul 4 1,633 408 425 457 326
Worcester 3 1,154 385 358 531 265
Boston 2 739 370 370 546 193
St. Louis 2 734 367 367 423 311
Jersey 2 731 366 366 526 205
Orlando 3 1,083 361 315 468 300
El Paso 4 1,433 358 347 560 180
Portland (Me.) 2 704 352 352 352 352
River City Rovers 1 325 325 325 325 325
N.Virginia 3 959 320 309 375 275
Virginia Beach 2 607 304 304 314 293
Reading 3 828 276 267 329 232
Colorado 4 1,050 263 250 400 150
Seacoast United 2 475 238 238 325 150
Jacksonville 2 435 218 218 325 110
So.California 2 435 218 218 240 195
Tampa 3 645 215 140 365 140
W.Virginia 4 834 209 210 310 105
Hamilton 1 200 200 200 200 200
Ogden 2 393 197 197 243 150
So.West Virginia 3 555 185 175 225 155
Los Angeles 2 334 167 167 184 150
Texas 1 150 150 150 150 150
North Sound 2 290 145 145 160 130
Cincinnati 2 285 143 143 200 85
Chicago Inferno 2 278 139 139 174 104
Toronto 2 250 125 125 150 100
Ottawa 2 240 120 120 140 100
Westchesters 4 480 120 123 123 140
Orange County 5 582 116 135 157 75
Vancouver 4 428 107 99 154 77
Brooklyn 1 103 103 103 103 103
Bradenton 4 400 100 88 150 75
Bermuda 2 195 98 98 100 95
Nashville 3 285 95 92 110 83
Springfield 5 473 95 80 147 40
Washington 3 265 88 80 110 75
Pali 2 159 80 80 82 77
Fraser Valley 4 310 78 80 85 65
Central Jersey 1 77 77 77 77 77
New Jersey 3 205 68 68 73 64
Chicago Fire 2 90 45 45 50 40
PDL TOTAL 175 110,002 629 300 8,174 40
 
WPSL Elite G Total Average Median High Low
Boston 2 4,654 2,327 2,327 2,342 2,312
Western New York 1 1,304 1,304 1,304 1,304 1,304
New England 1 937 937 937 937 937
Philadelphia 1 782 782 782 782 782
Chesapeake 1 400 400 400 400 400
WPSL-E TOTAL 6 8,077 1,346 1,121 2,342 400
 
USL W-League G Total Average Median High Low
Seattle 1 4,500 4,500 4,500 4,500 4,500
Vancouver 3 3,680 1,227 1,210 1,465 1,005
Santa Clarita 1 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,033
DC United 2 1,085 543 543 664 421
Colorado Rush 1 479 479 479 479 479
Charlottes 3 1,425 475 530 559 336
N.Virginia 1 474 474 474 474 474
Colorado Rapids 1 450 450 450 450 450
Virginia Beach 2 892 446 446 513 379
New Jersey 1 438 438 438 438 438
Victoria 4 1,747 437 430 730 157
Quebec City 1 426 426 426 426 426
Atlanta 3 1,245 415 412 481 352
Fredericksburg 2 669 335 335 512 157
Dayton 1 278 278 278 278 278
Central SC 2 505 253 253 270 235
Long Island 1 225 225 225 225 225
North Jersey 1 225 225 225 225 225
Pali 2 423 212 212 300 123
Los Angeles 2 420 210 210 300 120
New York 2 301 151 151 184 117
Ottawa 1 145 145 145 145 145
Rochester 2 285 143 143 200 85
Hamilton 3 382 127 75 232 75
Tampa 1 90 90 90 90 90
Toronto 1 75 75 75 75 75
London 1 54 54 54 54 54
Laval 1 50 50 50 50 50
New Jersey 4 190 48 40 80 30
W-LEAGUE TOTAL 51 22,191 435 300 4,500 30


NOTES:

  • Portland’s PDL team broke the league record with a school-day crowd of 8,174 for their match Friday morning against Vancouver. I couldn’t tell you what the old record was, and neither can USL, probably, so just go with it for now.
  • MLS only had one match this past weekend while largely standing down for an official FIFA Match Day, but the league is on pace to draw more than six million this year, and projects roughly to a final average of 18,713 (which would be a record). Montreal’s average will go down a bit when they move into Saputo Stadium. More than half the league (10 clubs) are averaging more than 18,000 a game, which is quite the feather in their cap.
  • They had to bring in temporary seating in Edmonton as the NASL club drew 2,521 against Atlanta yesterday. It was a season high for the Eddies, near their franchise record (set in the opener last year) and the first time they’d been over 2k for a league match since last June 26. Overall, they’re down 25% in average over the same number of home games as a year ago, but hope for increased attendance as they bring in more seating to their new stadium.
  • Elsewhere in the NASL, Atlanta and Carolina are way up (46% and 59%, respectively) and the RailHawks hope to get a bounce from their Open Cup run. Puerto Rico is down 48% because of their temporary venue. Ft. Lauderdale is down 25% amid talk that their advertising and marketing budget has been slashed. And Tampa Bay – which finally got the historic “Rowdies” name back – has a nearly identical average after five home games this year as last. So much for nostalgia.
  • San Antonio reversed a slide that had seen each of their home games draw fewer people than the last when they drew 8,639 for their game Saturday against Minnesota. After five home matches, the Scorpions are averaging just under 10,000, which has only been done at the D2 level by Rochester, Portland and Montreal.
  • While Orlando and Rochester continue to lead USL Pro, the best story is probably in Wilmington, where the Hammerheads are third in the league at 4,119. Harrisburg continues to be bedeviled by bad weather, as their game against Richmond Friday was stopped after 84 minutes because of lightning and drew just 355.
  • Looks like we’re only going to get WPSL Elite numbers regularly out of Boston. The other clubs don’t seem to think it’s important to count people (or if they count them, they don’t announce them). But, to no one’s surprise, I think we can safely say WPSL Elite, without the ability to market on a league level and with its clubs having limited budgets to market locally, will not be making anyone forget WPS.
  • Seattle Sounders Women drew 4,500 for their official home opener against Colorado last Thursday (after packing Starfire for a series of exhibitions against local colleges). They weren’t a big draw on the road a day later in Victoria (no national team players made the trip) as just 502 fans went to their game against the Highlanders. We’ll see what happens with the Sounders Women as Hope Solo and company leave for the Olympics.
  • Besides Portland’s U23 squad, PDL teams doing well at the gate include Carolina Dynamo, Des Moines, Fresno and West Texas, who are all over 1,000 a game. The league itself is at 629 (with several games missing), ahead of the historical average of just over 500.

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June 4th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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