Taking Attendance: 7/1/2013 (Everybody)

The year 2013 is half-over and all the various outdoor soccer leagues are in full swing, so we can now look at attendance numbers for everybody in MLS, the NASL, USL Pro and the PDL on the men’s side and the NWSL and W-League on the women’s side. Additions and corrections are always welcome.

THE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER G Total Average Median
Seattle Sounders 6 249,009 41,502 38,989
Los Angeles Galaxy 7 153,642 21,949 20,124
Montreal Impact 8 170,271 21,284 18,734
Portland Timbers 8 165,392 20,674 20,674
Sporting KC 9 175,538 19,504 19,470
Houston Dynamo 8 155,725 19,466 19,422
Toronto FC 8 154,779 19,347 18,788
Vancouver Whitecaps 8 154,726 19,341 19,895
Real Salt Lake 9 166,931 18,548 18,962
New York Red Bulls 9 165,616 18,402 18,029
Philadelphia Union 9 158,319 17,591 18,160
FC Dallas 9 135,541 15,060 15,063
San Jose Earthquakes 9 133,300 14,811 10,525
Colorado Rapids 8 117,615 14,702 15,070
Columbus Crew 8 113,184 14,148 13,055
New England Revolution 8 109,356 13,670 13,189
DC United 10 136,450 13,645 13,381
Chicago Fire 8 101,784 12,723 12,685
Chivas USA 9 79,299 8,811 8,219
MLS TOTAL 158 2,796,477 17,699 17,675
 
NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LG G Total Average Median
San Antonio Scorpions 5 34,975 6,995 6,889
Minnesota United FC 5 25,521 5,104 4,825
Atlanta Silverbacks 6 30,251 5,042 5,000
Carolina RailHawks 6 28,242 4,707 4,560
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 6 25,882 4,314 4,393
Tampa Bay Rowdies 5 19,186 3,837 3,575
FC Edmonton 6 12,356 2,059 2,207
NASL TOTAL 39 176,413 4,523 4,463
 
USL PRO G Total Average Median
Orlando City SC 8 62,549 7,819 7,930
Rochester Rhinos 8 45,030 5,629 5,548
Charleston Battery 8 27,901 3,488 3,294
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 8 25,899 3,237 3,404
Wilmington Hammerheads 7 22,330 3,190 2,898
Phoenix FC Wolves 8 17,670 2,209 2,005
Richmond Kickers 11 23,909 2,174 2,031
Harrisburg City Islanders 9 11,980 1,331 1,179
Dayton Dutch Lions #6 5,646 941 859
Charlotte Eagles 8 6,387 798 718
Los Angeles Blues #6 4,248 708 728
VSI Tampa Bay FC &6 2,767 461 340
MLS Reserve Teams #6 12,960 2,160 1,058
USL PRO TOTAL 99 269,276 2,720 2,031
 
PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LG G Total Average Median
Des Moines Menace 5 15,292 3,058 2,969
Fresno Fuego 5 15,105 3,021 2,736
Portland Timbers U-23s 6 16,394 2,732 2,699
Carolina Dynamo *4 7,008 1,752 1,855
Victoria Highlanders FC 6 9,115 1,519 1,378
Ventura County Fusion 5 7,383 1,477 1,117
Austin Aztex 5 6,664 1,333 1,205
Oklahoma City 6 7,308 1,218 1,157
West Texas Sockers 5 5,077 1,015 925
Forest City London 4 4,027 1,007 979
Western Mass Pioneers 5 4,659 932 1,011
BYU Cougars 4 3,440 860 892
Long Island Rough Riders 6 4,941 824 548
Thunder Bay Chill 5 3,859 772 728
Michigan Bucks 5 3,601 720 612
K-W United FC *2 1,410 705 705
FC Tucson 5 3,516 703 747
Sounders FC U23 6 3,521 587 341
Mississippi Brilla 5 2,896 579 592
Virginia Beach Piranhas 3 1,722 574 641
Kitsap Pumas *3 1,613 538 502
Ocean City Nor’easters 2 1,027 514 514
Laredo Heat 4 1,832 458 493
Reading United AC 5 2,244 449 507
SW Florida Adrenaline *3 1,300 433 386
Panama City Beach Pirates 6 2,390 398 427
Houston Dutch Lions 4 1,500 375 375
El Paso Patriots 5 1,840 368 425
St. Louis Lions 5 1,586 317 321
SC United Bantams *5 1,550 310 300
Vermont Voltage *1 300 300 300
Northern Virginia Royals 3 890 297 315
CFC Azul 6 1,762 294 295
WSA Winnipeg 5 1,330 266 150
Ocala Stampede *2 504 252 252
NJ LUSO Rangers FC &2 480 240 240
North Sound SeaWolves FC 4 855 214 80
Ottawa Fury 5 1,002 200 190
Southern California Seahorses &3 600 200 200
Real Boston Rams 6 1,136 189 210
Real Colorado Foxes 3 550 183 150
New York Magic – F.A. Euro *3 530 177 150
Jersey Express 6 1,032 172 125
Toronto Lynx 5 830 166 150
S.West Va. King’s Warriors 5 813 163 128
Kansas City Brass #2 321 161 161
GPS Portland Phoenix *3 475 158 150
West Virginia Chaos 6 855 143 140
Baltimore Bohemians 5 696 139 135
VSI Tampa Bay FC &2 278 139 139
Washington Crossfire 6 787 131 115
Orlando City U23 ^1 127 127 127
Chicago Inferno 4 427 107 94
OC Blues Strikers FC *5 525 105 45
Springfield Demize 6 621 104 99
River City Rovers 6 527 88 92
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 5 429 86 77
Seacoast United Phantoms 4 280 70 65
Westchester Flames 4 270 68 68
Chicago Fire #3 180 60 50
LA Misioneros FC 6 325 54 50
Central Jersey Spartans 4 161 40 41
IMG Academy Bradenton 5 140 28 20
Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy &1 15 15 15
PDL TOTAL 276 163,873 594 291
 
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LG G Total Average Median
Portland Thorns FC 6 77,142 12,857 12,460
FC Kansas City 7 30,648 4,378 4,186
Washington Spirit 5 21,278 4,256 4,569
Western New York Flash 6 21,793 3,632 3,258
Boston Breakers 7 15,692 2,242 2,124
Seattle Reign FC 6 11,694 1,949 1,848
Sky Blue FC 7 12,234 1,748 1,439
Chicago Red Stars 6 8,499 1,417 1,198
NWSL TOTAL 50 198,980 3,980 2,929
 
W-LEAGUE G Total Average Median
Washington Spirit Reserves 5 9,601 1,920 538
Seattle Sounders Women *4 4,045 1,011 999
Long Island Rough Riders 5 3,739 748 532
Charlotte Lady Eagles 3 1,410 470 374
Virginia Beach Piranhas 5 2,343 469 486
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 1,300 433 400
New Jersey Wildcats #1 389 389 389
Colorado Rapids Women #3 960 320 275
Carolina Elite Cobras *4 1,215 304 292
LA Strikers #3 862 287 295
Ottawa Fury 3 794 265 265
Colorado Rush 4 1,040 260 230
New York Magic – F.A. Euro 4 1,033 258 226
North Jersey Valkyries 4 978 245 196
K-W United FC &2 450 225 225
Fredericksburg Impact 6 1,204 201 178
Dayton Dutch Lions 4 799 200 194
Pali Blues 3 581 194 259
Laval Comets 5 924 185 195
Bay Area Breeze 4 581 145 128
London Gryphons 4 517 129 130
Quebec City Amiral *4 436 109 108
VSI Tampa Bay FC *4 387 97 100
Toronto Lady Lynx 4 319 80 80
Santa Clarita Blue Heat &2 126 63 63
W-LEAGUE TOTAL 93 36,033 387 229

^=4 games missing
&=3 games missing
#=2 games missing
*=1 game missing

NOTES:

  • Almost halfway through its season (they’re three games shy of the halfway mark), Major League Soccer is still at a healthy 17,699 per game, even with Chivas USA dragging things down a bit. Eight teams are averaging over 19k per game, which is terrific. Thanks to a 50,028 crowd for their game against the Galaxy at Stanford this past weekend, San Jose is at a robust 14,811 for the season (they won’t be able to keep it, but they’ll wrap up their stay at Buck Shaw Stadium with no doubt that their product resonates with the market again). The quick projection math (seeing what would happen if everyone held their average the rest of the way) puts the league at around 5.7 million for the season, a bit off last year’s record 6 million.
  • Atlanta, Carolina, Edmonton and Ft. Lauderdale all finished their Spring Season home slates in the NASL this past weekend, and all are ahead of last year’s averages through the same number of home games. Minnesota is, too, but will play its first game of the season at its ancestral home, the NSC Stadium in Blaine, on the 4th.
  • Rochester announced a season-high 7,334 for Hall of Fame Night against Phoenix FC on Saturday, but the Rhinos are still a shell of the club that used to average over 10k per game a decade ago. Orlando, which saw its 25-match home unbeaten streak snapped by Richmond, still leads USL Pro with a 7,819 average. The league average is actually being brought down a bit by the MLS Reserve clubs, as the full-time USL Pro teams are averaging a collective 2,756.
  • Des Moines is back on top of the PDL chart, as Portland and Fresno have slipped a bit. First-year Oklahoma City FC is averaging a promising 1,218 (one of ten PDL teams in four figures). The PDL average is about where it has been historically, with some teams (like Bradenton) making no bones about their player development agenda, to the exclusion of worrying about ticket sales.
  • The NWSL is just past its halfway point, and has three teams (including its best team, Sky Blue FC) averaging under 2,000 a game. Portland still sets the pace, with Kansas City and Washington drawing good numbers. It’s odd that Rochester loved Abby Wambach as an opposing player, but has been largely indifferent to the local girl making good now that they can see her every other week.
  • The Washington Spirit Reserves lead the W-League in attendance with numbers that are ( a ) bolstered by a pair of doubleheaders with their NWSL team and ( b ) apparently bollocks anyway, based on a comment from the last update. It’s tempting to say the loss of all the US Women’s National Team stars has hurt the Seattle Sounders Women, but the presence of Hope Solo hasn’t made a big difference to the Seattle Reign (to be fair, she was hurt and the team is terrible).

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8 Responses to “Taking Attendance: 7/1/2013 (Everybody)”

  1. bq Says:

    As always, thanks so much Kenn for doing this. It has become a trusted source of reference for so many of us following “the game” in the U.S.

  2. El Conductor Says:

    WooHoo! Chattanooga Football Club’s 2,533 average has us as the nation’s 32th-largets fan base. Not bad for the 99th-largest metro area.

  3. USRufnex Says:

    Updated official final attendance figures for the NPSL Tulsa Athletics:
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 3,261
    Saturday, June 1, 2013 — 2,682
    Sunday, June 2, 2013 — 1,611
    Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 3,761
    Saturday, June 29, 2013 – 2,200
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 2,100 ($2 ticket promo for kids wearing their soccer kits)
    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – 5,788 (Club America U20 friendly)

    These add up to a regular season game average of 2,603 fans per game.
    If we include the Club America U20 game, my calculator says we averaged 3,058 per game but the front office is quoting me an average per game attendance for the 7 home games at: 3,066.

  4. admin Says:

    I actually did start a spreadsheet on the NPSL for this season, but I only have figures for 16 of the 315 or so scheduled games.

    I’ve always said I’d gladly include NPSL numbers in these reports if the numbers were regularly available from a majority of teams.

  5. USRufnex Says:

    These add up to a regular season game average of 2,603 fans per game if 6/29 game is counted at 2,200… however, since the team is quoting me average attendance including the CA game at 3,066, this would require that the 6/29 game officially actually had 2,256 fans, leaving us with an average regular season attendance at: 2,612 fans per game.

    Clear as mud?

  6. admin Says:

    Math is hard.

  7. admin Says:

    If the guy who writes for the Clarkstown SC Eagles was writing about their attendance, he’d do it with no numbers whatsoever.

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