The North American Soccer League’s third regular season ended tonight and next week’s championship match will feature the team that finished with the fourth-highest points-per-game average across the spring and fall seasons hosting a team that played half a season.
But no matter. There is plenty of reason for optimism in the second division, as the league finished with an average attendance that was 23 percent higher than a year ago. Every returning team except San Antonio increased its per-game average from 2012, but the Scorpions did supposedly turn a profit, so there you are. San Antonio led the league for the second straight year (yes, The World’s Greatest Soccer BrandTM finished second) and the overall league average was the highest in the second division since 2009.
|North American Soccer League 2013||G||Total||Average|
|San Antonio Scorpions||13||90,178||6,937|
|New York Cosmos||7||48,011||6,859|
|Minnesota United FC||13||57,784||4,445|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||13||55,451||4,265|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||13||52,578||4,044|
- The spring season league average was 4,662. The fall season spring average was 4,676.
- Carolina’s spring average was 4,707. Their fall average was 4,708. That’s consistency. The RailHawks, Rowdies and Strikers were all within a couple of percentage points of their spring average in the fall, while Atlanta (which had nothing to play for in the fall), Minnesota (which moved from the Metrodome north to Blaine) and San Antonio (which went 3-10-1 in the fall) all saw fairly large drop-offs in their fall averages.
- Minnesota stated they wanted to average 10,000 a game for its indoor schedule and got about half that (5,104 at the HHH, 4,033 outdoors in Blaine). They’re apparently going to play the entire 2014 campaign at the National Sports Center because the Metrodome will be unavailable. Brr.
- Also looking ahead to 2014, expansionist Indianapolis should average close to 10,000 (if not more) based on their season ticket deposit numbers (and the fact they have a robust staff), but Virginia and Ottawa will make do in temporary digs that will likely limit their crowds.