Taking Attendance 9/3/2013: Everybody Ranked 1-137

For the first attendance update of the unoffical start of Fall, here are all the teams in the US and Canada who play 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, ranked from number one (no surprise) to number 137. An asterisk (*) means I am missing some data from those teams, so if you have them or any other corrections, leave them in the comments or send them my way.

Rk
Team
League
 
G
Total
Average
1 Seattle Sounders MLS   11 472,593 42,963
2 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS   12 266,181 22,182
3 Montreal Impact MLS   13 272,133 20,933
4 Portland Timbers MLS   12 248,088 20,674
5 Houston Dynamo MLS   12 241,362 20,114
6 Vancouver Whitecaps MLS   14 278,350 19,882
7 Sporting KC MLS   14 277,672 19,834
8 Toronto FC MLS   13 251,199 19,323
9 Real Salt Lake MLS   14 265,260 18,947
10 New York Red Bulls MLS   13 244,182 18,783
11 Philadelphia Union MLS   14 247,517 17,680
12 FC Dallas MLS   13 207,216 15,940
13 Columbus Crew MLS   13 203,382 15,645
14 Colorado Rapids MLS   14 213,155 15,225
15 Chicago Fire MLS   14 203,714 14,551
16 DC United MLS   13 176,853 13,604
17 New England Revolution MLS   13 176,149 13,550
18 San Jose Earthquakes MLS   13 175,400 13,492
19 Portland Thorns FC NWSL   11 146,521 13,320
20 New York Cosmos NASL   2 18,781 9,391
21 Chivas USA MLS   13 110,545 8,503
22 Orlando City SC USL   14 112,784 8,056
23 San Antonio Scorpions NASL   9 62,084 6,898
24 Rochester Rhinos USL   13 75,900 5,838
25 Minnesota United FC NASL   8 43,546 5,443
26 Atlanta Silverbacks NASL   9 42,042 4,671
27 Carolina RailHawks NASL   9 42,027 4,670
28 FC Kansas City NWSL   11 50,884 4,626
29 Western New York Flash NWSL   11 49,334 4,485
30 Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL   8 34,370 4,296
31 Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL   8 32,413 4,052
32 Washington Spirit NWSL   11 39,816 3,620
33 Charleston Battery USL   14 49,760 3,554
34 Pittsburgh Riverhounds USL   14 45,816 3,273
35 Wilmington Hammerheads USL   14 44,269 3,162
36 Des Moines Menace PDL   7 21,961 3,137
37 Fresno Fuego PDL   7 19,785 2,826
38 Richmond Kickers USL   14 35,381 2,527
39 Portland Timbers U-23s PDL   7 17,106 2,444
40 Boston Breakers NWSL   11 26,697 2,427
41 Seattle Reign FC NWSL   11 25,365 2,306
42 FC Edmonton NASL   9 19,634 2,182
43 Washington Spirit Reserves W-L   6 12,194 2,032
44 Carolina Dynamo PDL * 5 8,897 1,779
45 Chicago Red Stars NWSL   11 18,817 1,711
46 Sky Blue FC NWSL   11 18,309 1,664
47 Victoria Highlanders FC PDL   7 11,462 1,637
48 Phoenix FC Wolves USL   14 21,454 1,532
49 MLS Reserve Teams USL   10 15,116 1,512
50 Harrisburg City Islanders USL   14 20,386 1,456
51 Austin Aztex PDL   7 10,063 1,438
52 Ventura County Fusion PDL   7 9,474 1,353
53 Oklahoma City PDL   7 8,499 1,214
54 Forest City London PDL   7 8,024 1,146
55 BYU Cougars PDL   7 7,952 1,136
56 Seattle Sounders Women W-L * 5 5,417 1,083
57 Western Mass Pioneers PDL   7 7,404 1,058
58 West Texas Sockers PDL   7 6,765 966
59 Long Island Rough Riders PDL * 6 4,941 824
60 Charlotte Eagles USL   14 11,297 807
61 FC Tucson PDL   7 5,599 800
62 Thunder Bay Chill PDL   7 5,595 799
63 Dayton Dutch Lions USL   14 10,540 753
64 Michigan Bucks PDL   7 4,808 687
65 Long Island Rough Riders W-L   6 3,913 652
66 Laredo Heat PDL   7 4,306 615
67 Kitsap Pumas PDL   7 4,232 605
68 K-W United FC PDL * 3 1,810 603
69 Mississippi Brilla PDL   7 3,945 564
70 Virginia Beach Piranhas PDL   7 3,877 554
71 Los Angeles Blues USL   11 5,965 542
72 Virginia Beach Piranhas W-L   6 3,245 541
73 Charlotte Lady Eagles W-L   5 2,701 540
74 Sounders FC U23 PDL   7 3,769 538
75 Ocean City Nor’easters PDL * 6 3,199 533
76 Panama City Beach Pirates PDL   7 3,201 457
77 SW Florida Adrenaline PDL * 5 1,998 400
78 Reading United AC PDL   7 2,703 386
79 VSI Tampa Bay FC USL   13 4,957 381
80 Houston Dutch Lions PDL   7 2,650 379
81 Atlanta Silverbacks W-L   5 1,875 375
82 St. Louis Lions PDL   7 2,511 359
83 Ottawa Fury W-L   6 1,979 330
84 SC United Bantams PDL * 6 1,950 325
85 Colorado Rapids Women W-L * 3 960 320
86 CFC Azul PDL   7 2,196 314
87 El Paso Patriots PDL   7 2,150 307
88 Carolina Elite Cobras W-L * 4 1,215 304
89 Northern Virginia Royals PDL * 5 1,475 295
90 Ocala Stampede PDL * 6 1,685 281
91 K-W United FC W-L * 3 770 257
92 Ottawa Fury PDL   7 1,793 256
93 New Jersey Wildcats W-L * 5 1,274 255
94 LA Strikers W-L * 4 1,017 254
95 WSA Winnipeg PDL   7 1,730 247
96 North Sound SeaWolves FC PDL   7 1,640 234
97 Dayton Dutch Lions W-L   5 1,137 227
98 New York Magic – F.A. Euro W-L   6 1,348 225
99 Colorado Rush W-L * 5 1,040 208
100 Vermont Voltage PDL * 2 411 206
101 North Jersey Valkyries W-L   6 1,224 204
102 Fredericksburg Impact W-L   6 1,204 201
103 S.California Seahorses PDL * 3 600 200
104 NJ LUSO Rangers FC PDL * 4 795 199
105 Bay Area Breeze W-L   6 1,149 192
106 Pali Blues W-L   6 1,142 190
107 Kansas City Brass PDL * 5 942 188
108 Real Boston Rams PDL   7 1,301 186
109 Baltimore Bohemians PDL   7 1,249 178
110 Laval Comets W-L   6 1,019 170
111 Real Colorado Foxes PDL   7 1,150 164
112 Jersey Express PDL   7 1,127 161
113 Santa Clarita Blue Heat W-L * 3 476 159
114 S.West Va. King’s Warriors PDL   7 1,068 153
115 New York Magic – F.A. Euro PDL * 5 730 146
116 GPS Portland Phoenix PDL * 5 725 145
117 Toronto Lynx PDL   7 1,000 143
118 VSI Tampa Bay FC PDL * 2 278 139
119 West Virginia Chaos PDL   7 965 138
120 Quebec City Amiral W-L * 5 685 137
121 Washington Crossfire PDL   7 897 128
122 London Gryphons W-L * 5 640 128
123 Orlando City U23 PDL * 1 127 127
124 Chicago Inferno PDL * 5 527 105
125 OC Blues Strikers FC PDL * 5 525 105
126 Springfield Demize PDL   7 719 103
127 River City Rovers PDL   7 638 91
128 VSI Tampa Bay FC W-L * 5 430 86
129 Seacoast United Phantoms PDL   7 580 83
130 Vancouver Whitecaps U23 PDL   7 569 81
131 Toronto Lady Lynx W-L * 5 391 78
132 Westchester Flames PDL   7 465 66
133 LA Misioneros FC PDL * 6 325 54
134 Chicago Fire PDL * 5 206 41
135 Central Jersey Spartans PDL   7 245 35
136 IMG Academy Bradenton PDL * 6 160 27
137 Ft.Laud.Schulz Academy PDL * 1 15 15

20 comments on “Taking Attendance 9/3/2013: Everybody Ranked 1-137

  1. El Conductor says:

    For all the crap you give the NPSL as a whole, most of those teams would be in the top half of this list. Heck, first year club Tulsa Athletics came out of nowhere and averaged close to 2,800 across their 7 games. Obviously, the league’s failure to report attendance makes it impossible to add those teams to this list, but it’s worth noting that NPSL attendance is as strong (or possibly stronger) than the PDL’s.

  2. admin says:

    “Most” of the NPSL’s 57 teams would be in the top half of this list? Doubtful.

    That would mean at least 29 NPSL teams would be drawing more than 600 a game. I’m thinking that’s unlikely. There are only 19 PDL teams that draw more than 600 a game. You’re going to tell me 29 or more people who pay $10,000 for their franchises can draw more than that?

    It ISN’T worth noting because it CAN’T be noted because WE DON’T HAVE DATA. You CANNOT do anything but guess about league-wide attendance in the two leagues when you DON’T have anything but anecdotal evidence about a small handful of NPSL teams.

    Tulsa does draw well. Chattanooga draws well. Detroit draws well for the level they’re at. But if you try to tell me that Las Vegas and Miami United and Tampa and FC Hasental and the Morris County Colonials also draw well, I’m going to disbelieve you on Vegas and Miami and Tampa but withhold complete judgment until I see some numbers.

  3. Ed says:

    Have you tried to get numbers from WPSL or specific teams there? A team like the Houston Aces draw a significant crowed would be good to see how they compare with W-League.

    • admin says:

      As a rule, Ed, I try to do leagues where I can get (nearly) complete data, not just a team here and there. I had enough problems trying to get WPSL Elite data last year, much less WPSL itself.

      I’m up for as complete a picture as I can get.

  4. LorenzoJose says:

    You missed a whole category. NCAA soccer would displace a lot of teams on that list.

    The university of Portland Women’s soccer team has led NCAA attendance for 10 years now. Last years average attendance was 3313 and the season total was above 43,000. BYU wasn’t far behind in average attendance and actually was above 48,000 in total attendance, since they played more home games.

    On the men’s side, UC Santa Barbara led the NCAA attendance with 5,543 for the year, and several teams averaged above 3,000. Santa Barbara has led the NCAA for six years now.

    Totals are available on team sites and at NCAA.org.

    • admin says:

      I didn’t “miss” anything. I do pro and high-level amateur (USL), not college.

      If pro teams had an abundance of fans living on the same plot of land on which their stadium resided and got free or cheap tickets, those might be meaningful comparisons.

      You want to do college, knock yourself out. I don’t lump Florida’s or Notre Dame’s college football attendances in with NFL teams, so there you are.

  5. Rj Keitchen says:

    Would be nice to also see the Max capacity at each teams home stadium.

    • admin says:

      Would be nice to have them all. Some teams (like the Cosmos, and Tampa Bay) haven’t really settled on a true capacity for their stadiums.

      Especially in the PDL, teams occasionally play at more than one stadium (even the LA Blues do in USL Pro, as does Minnesota in the NASL and Toronto and San Jose in MLS).

      From a strict space sense, there are only 450 pixels in width available to me in this particular WordPress bit. There is only so much information I can convey.

      So other than those caveats, sure, yes, it would be nice. Feel free to go research that information yourself. I have a feeling that the Pali Blues aren’t selling a significant percentage of their available tickets.

  6. admin says:

    Also, San Antonio’s numbers are slightly off (I had a transposition on one of their spring games). The Scorpions’ average is actually 6,942, not 6,898, but their position is unchanged.

  7. Badger says:

    Woo Oklahoma City! We’re Number 53!

  8. WSW says:

    Have you seen Orlando Sentinel article?

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-soccer-stadium-attendance-20130903,0,11622.story

    USL ATTENDANCE IS POINTLESS

  9. WSW says:

    Have you seen Orlando Sentinel article?

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-soccer-stadium-attendance-20130903,0,11622.story

    USL ATTENDANCE IS POINTLESS

  10. KT says:

    Because no other league does that ever anywhere.

    God, Erik, you never give up, do you?

    WHY DON’T YOU POST IT A THIRD TIME?

    ( a ) Not a huge surprise
    ( b ) The guy saying they’re more honest than a lot of leagues is funny. Everybody lies.
    ( c ) at least you found a place where your ignorant ass hasn’t been banned from posting. Yet.

  11. WSW says:

    Sorry wanted to post it once?

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  13. RMc says:

    “You’ve reached your premium article limit for the month.”

    Oh, fudge.

  14. RMc says:

    It’s interesting that of the two MLS teams playing in NFL stadiums, one is way out in front in attendance (neraly as much as the next two most popular teams *combined*), and the other is third-to-last (ahead of only a team that plays in a tiny stadium and Chivas)…

  15. admin says:

    I know, it went behind the pay wall.

  16. admin says:

    It’s interesting, but there are different reasons for both of those situations that don’t involve just the actual stadiums.

  17. John says:

    I don’t have an opinion on the accuracy of Orlando’s attendance figures, but tonight’s crowd was the perfect response from the club and the fans. Over 20k reported, and it certainly looks it from the photos I’ve seen.

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