Taking Attendance, 8/23/2010 (Updated)

Here are the latest attendance figures from the various soccer leagues around these parts, through yesterday’s games:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER G Total Average
Seattle Sounders FC 11 397,701 36,155
Toronto FC 11 227,205 20,655
Philadelphia Union 9 183,112 20,346
Los Angeles Galaxy 9 182,871 20,319
New York Red Bulls 10 174,249 17,425
Houston Dynamo 11 187,668 17,061
Real Salt Lake 11 184,310 16,755
Chicago Fire 9 139,370 15,486
DC United 11 159,182 14,471
Chivas USA 9 128,413 14,268
Columbus Crew 11 155,903 14,173
Colorado Rapids 9 118,420 13,158
New England Revolution 10 118,139 11,814
FC Dallas 10 108,889 10,889
Kansas City Wizards 11 111,202 10,109
San Jose Earthquakes 10 96,376 9,638
MLS TOTAL 162 2,673,010 16,500
 
WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER G Total Average
Boston Breakers 12 53,878 4,490
Chicago Red Stars 10 42,056 4,206
Washington Freedom 10 39,216 3,922
Atlanta Beat 9 32,976 3,664
Sky Blue FC 9 29,299 3,255
FC Gold Pride 11 33,667 3,061
Saint Louis Athletica 4 12,109 3,027
Philadelphia Independence 12 34,179 2,848
WPS TOTAL 77 277,380 3,602
 
USSF DIVISION II SOCCER LEAGUE G Total Average
Montreal Impact 12 147,276 12,273
Portland Timbers 12 115,078 9,590
Rochester Rhinos 13 81,974 6,306
Vancouver Whitecaps 11 55,938 5,085
FC Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 43,730 4,373
Austin Aztex 13 46,363 3,566
AC St. Louis 11 30,438 2,767
Puerto Rico Islanders 12 27,428 2,286
Carolina RailHawks 10 21,738 2,174
Minnesota NSC Stars 13 18,067 1,390
Miami FC Blues 11 14,151 1,286
Palace Baltimore 12 12,489 1,041
USSF2 TOTAL 140 614,670 4,391
 
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES DIVISION II G Total Average
Charleston Battery 10 36,412 3,641
Richmond Kickers 10 20,440 2,044
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 17,109 1,711
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 9,409 941
Charlotte Eagles 10 9,107 911
Real Maryland Monarchs 7 4,259 608
USL-2 TOTAL 57 96,736 1,697
 
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES W-LEAGUE G Total Average
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Women 5 7,565 1,513
New Jersey Wildcats 3 2,085 695
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 1,360 680
Seattle Sounders 5 3,098 620
Colorado Force 4 2,114 529
Charlotte Lady Eagles 4 2,053 513
Long Island Rough Riders 5 2,258 452
Hampton Roads Piranhas 5 2,037 407
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 3 1,097 366
Santa Clarita Blue Heat 3 1,083 361
Rochester Ravens 6 2,101 350
Ottawa Fury 6 1,985 331
Quebec City Amiral 6 1,933 322
Pali Blues 5 1,494 299
Northern Virginia Majestics 4 1,113 278
Laval Comets 6 1,594 266
North Jersey Valkyries 4 1,030 258
Colorado Rush 5 1,185 237
Buffalo Flash 5 1,149 230
Hamilton Avalanche 5 875 175
London Gryphons 3 482 161
Toronto Lady Lynx 5 800 160
Kalamazoo Outrage 5 755 151
New York Magic 4 492 123
Chicago Red Eleven 6 666 111
Tampa Bay Hellenic 3 323 108
NJ Rangers 5 472 94
Washington Freedom Futures 6 455 76
Cleveland Internationals 4 268 67
W-LEAGUE TOTAL 132 43,922 333
 
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES PDL G Total Average
Des Moines Menace 8 28,413 3,552
West Texas United Sockers 8 20,011 2,501
Fresno Fuego 5 12,214 2,443
Carolina Dynamo 3 5,027 1,676
Victoria Highlanders FC 8 11,973 1,497
Dayton Dutch Lions 8 10,195 1,274
Forest City London 8 9,971 1,246
El Paso Patriots 7 7,485 1,069
New Orleans Jesters 4 4,029 1,007
Laredo Heat 8 7,908 989
Ventura County Fusion 8 6,987 873
BYU Cougars 8 6,862 858
Kitsap Pumas 4 3,301 825
Thunder Bay Chill 8 6,348 794
Los Angeles Legends 5 3,579 716
Cincinnati Kings 7 4,790 684
Mississippi Brilla 7 4,695 671
Western Mass Pioneers 8 5,352 669
Portland Timbers U23′s 8 4,925 616
Vermont Voltage 8 4,765 596
Michigan Bucks 7 4,064 581
Ogden Outlaws 3 1,636 545
Baton Rouge Capitals 1 540 540
Indiana Invaders 6 2,927 488
Hampton Roads Piranhas 7 3,085 441
Toronto Lynx 6 2,560 427
Long Island Rough Riders 7 2,964 423
Ottawa Fury 8 3,034 379
Ironbound Express 8 3,022 378
Central Florida Kraze 7 2,330 333
Ocean City Nor’easters 6 1,936 323
Rochester Thunder 5 1,609 322
St. Louis Lions 8 2,298 287
Reading United 8 2,222 278
Yakima Reds 4 1,020 255
Bermuda Hogges 6 1,524 254
Southern California Seahorses 7 1,634 233
Nashville Metros 7 1,506 215
Tacoma Tide 2 402 201
Rio Grande Valley Bravos 3 590 197
Springfield Demize 8 1,540 193
Albany BWP Highlanders 8 1,478 185
Dallas Fort Worth Tornados 4 716 179
MPS Portland Phoenix 7 1,226 175
Kalamazoo Outrage 8 1,320 165
Washington Crossfire 5 790 158
West Virginia Chaos 8 1,257 157
Atlanta Blackhawks 5 727 145
Hollywood United Hitmen 6 867 145
Abbotsford Mariners 8 1,155 144
Spokane Spiders 4 555 139
IMG Bradenton Academics 6 795 133
Kansas City Brass 6 783 131
Lancaster Rattlers 5 645 129
Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 8 1,029 129
Houston Leones 5 560 112
Brooklyn Knights 8 875 109
New Hampshire Phantoms 7 740 106
Ft. Lauderdale Schultz Academy 4 410 103
New Jersey Rangers FC 6 606 101
Central Jersey Spartans 6 600 100
Orange County Blue Star 8 740 93
Real Colorado Foxes 6 480 80
Westchester Flames 8 640 80
Cleveland Internationals 6 366 61
Chicago Fire 6 318 53
Northern Virginia Royals 0 0 0
PDL TOTAL 420 230,951 550


Quick notes:

  • MLS has four teams averaging over 20,000 per game. The three holdovers from last year have been joined by Philadelphia, but that’s artificial based on a couple of games held at Lincoln Financial Field. The Union’s PPL Park isn’t large enough for them to average 20k for an entire season.
  • On the flip side, USSF D2 has five teams averaging under 2,300 per game, three of them under 1,400. I can’t see how Baltimore, Minnesota and St. Louis return and I’m not optimistic about Puerto Rico.
  • MLS’ average for 45 games played after the World Cup (16,169) is slightly below its average for 93 games prior to the World Cup (16,472). In fact, that’s a trend seen at all levels. Every single league has a lower average attendance in games played since the World Cup than it did in games played before. Things in MLS usually pick back up in the fall, so that effect will be mitigated somewhat, and the second division schedule extends deeper into the fall than ever. We’ll see what the final numbers say, but what we have tends to give credence to the notion that the World Cup Bump isn’t as strong as some would like to think it is.
  • Charleston averaged 3,534 per game in 2009 in the USL First Division. Despite dropping down to USL-2 this year, the Battery averaged 3,641 (they’ll also host the championship game against Richmond this Saturday).
  • The Chicago Red Stars had their biggest crowd of the season Sunday (6,089 to see Marta and FC Gold Pride clinch the regular-season title and berth in the championship game). It was their second-largest crowd ever, trailing only the 7,959 for last year’s home finale against….Marta and the LA Sol.

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19 Responses to “Taking Attendance, 8/23/2010 (Updated)”

  1. arnim Says:

    chicago red stars have only played 10 games at home so far (two to go) so the denominator should be 10 not 11 and 1st place in WPS attendance. but this analysis is great, thanks.

  2. admin Says:

    Hmmmmmm. Excel gremlins. Thanks for the catch. I’ll have to see what went wrong there.

  3. admin Says:

    Ahhhh. I gotcha. I had the 6/6 game against Atlanta in there twice. Hold on. I’ll fix it.

  4. admin Says:

    Okay, it’s fixed, but you’re still not leading the league. Boston’s at 4,490. But let me know if all of these are correct:

    4/17/2010..Saint Louis Athletica…………5,134
    4/25/2010..Sky Blue FC……………………3,136
    5/15/2010..Philadelphia Independence…5,645
    5/29/2010..FC Gold Pride………………….3,845
    6/06/2010..Atlanta Beat……………………4,227
    7/07/2010..Atlanta Beat……………………3,091
    7/10/2010..Sky Blue FC……………………4,064
    7/25/2010..Boston Breakers………………3,673
    8/11/2010..Philadelphia Independence….3,152
    8/22/2010..FC Gold Pride…………………..6,089
    9/01/2010..Philadelphia Independence
    9/05/2010..Washington Freedom

  5. OleGunnar20 Says:

    hey. went over the numbers and again and found 4 discrepancies between your numbers and mine. after double checking 2 of those were typos on my part but i think the other two might be typos somewhere on your end.

    Philadelphia Union: 34,870 + 25,038 + 18,755 + 17,183 + 17,251 + 18,137 + 18,001 + 16,128 + 17,749 = 183,112

    http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/schedule

    AC St Louis: 5,695 + 2,985 + 3,402 + 2,432 + 2,122 + 2,307 + 2,256 + 2,037 + 2,312 + 2,649 + 2,241 = 30,438

    http://ussf.demosphere.com/Teams/20945465/20945480-20952154/TEAM.html

    again. thanks for all the good work on the leagues and their attendance.

  6. admin Says:

    I appreciate those who check the work. Thank you.

  7. admin Says:

    I had 18,147 for that Philadelphia game of 7/31.

    I also had 2,694 for that St. Louis game. I often transpose the last two numbers. Thanks for the catch.

  8. arnim Says:

    grrr. i think you have it right i was counting on the denominator mistake not the extra attendance from double entry. oh well boston is class act, we’ll be second this year since we beat them last year. i think we still have them over the two seasons. but seriously thanks, this is a great service to soccer enthusiasts and stat geeks

  9. OleGunnar20 Says:

    i had the same problem of transposition on the two discrepancies i checked that were errors on my end so i totally understand.

  10. ERic Says:

    @Ole and admin/Kenn/KT- copy and paste is your friend.;)

  11. SEaaaaatttleeee!! Says:

    Hey Ken! Where they heck are the Kitsap Pumas in your PDL chart?

    They averaged 825.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsap_Pumas

  12. Howie Says:

    Charleston’s numbers would suggest (again) that people aren’t all that influenced by the D2/D3 labels, or at least when you have ownership that seems to have a clue.

    I also can’t see those three surviving. I wondered for a moment if any of them might try D3 until things stabilize, but even with Dayton moving I doubt it’s feasible for Minnesota or St. Louis.

  13. Dale Says:

    One thing to keep in mind about Charlestons attendance, last season in D2 they played 30 games (not counting exhibitions, playoffs, etc) this season they played 20 games. That’s 5 less home games. Five less games to draw revenue from.

  14. admin Says:

    And their expenses went WAAAAAAAAAAAAY down as well.

  15. admin Says:

    Wow, more gremlins. That’s a very old PDL list, based on info from earlier in the season. Updated now.

  16. ERic Says:

    FYI, I have 1042 for Baltimore. Here’s the numbers I have:

    1029
    1071
    1106
    1231
    2348
    757
    701
    723
    507
    1238
    850
    948

  17. ERic Says:

    Also, our Harrisburg total doesn’t match. I just went through and did a double-check on the USL2 website. Here’s the numbers I have:

    1433
    1657
    1385
    1373
    1713
    1902
    1812
    1578
    1417
    2389

  18. admin Says:

    Thank you. Transposition struck again on the Harrisburg thing.

  19. admin Says:

    Now if we could find those three missing Real Maryland numbers, we’d be cooking with gas.