Taking Attendance 7/14/2014: A One And A Two And A Three..

This week we’re looking at the Division I, Division II and Division III leagues, better known as (the) MLS, the NASL and USL Pro. Here are their average, median, high and low attendance figures through last night’s games (as always, unofficial and, in some cases, incomplete, additions and corrections are always welcome):

MLS G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Seattle 9 384,935 42,771 38,582 64,207 38,441
Toronto 8 180,728 22,591 22,591 22,591 22,591
Los Angeles 7 148,744 21,249 20,847 27,000 14,615
Vancouver 9 188,883 20,987 21,000 22,500 19,383
Portland 10 208,140 20,814 20,814 20,814 20,814
Salt Lake 8 161,475 20,184 20,485 20,513 18,881
Kansas City 9 178,574 19,842 19,838 20,858 19,073
Houston 9 177,810 19,757 20,558 22,320 15,030
Montreal 9 172,305 19,145 18,068 27,207 14,135
Philadelphia 8 144,514 18,064 18,587 18,843 15,691
New York 8 144,306 18,038 18,271 23,776 13,278
Dallas 10 169,313 16,931 16,640 21,182 15,039
DC United 10 168,388 16,839 13,102 53,267 8,224
New England 8 122,889 15,361 14,533 23,950 11,293
Chicago 8 122,375 15,297 15,745 17,487 12,699
Colorado 10 145,668 14,567 14,509 18,432 10,086
San Jose 10 142,183 14,218 10,525 50,006 9,114
Columbus 8 104,611 13,076 13,270 18,026 4,680
Chivas USA 9 62,416 6,935 6,082 15,008 3,702
MLS TOTAL 167 3,128,257 18,732 18,396 64,207 3,702
 
NASL G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Indy 5 52,324 10,465 10,285 11,048 10,285
San Antonio 5 32,381 6,476 6,484 7,381 5,595
Minnesota 4 22,309 5,577 5,306 6,784 4,913
Carolina 5 24,536 4,907 4,066 7,856 3,080
New York 6 29,009 4,835 3,968 7,906 3,091
Tampa Bay 6 28,887 4,815 4,501 7,003 3,896
Atlanta 4 18,922 4,731 5,000 5,000 3,922
Ft. Lauderdale 5 18,393 3,679 3,109 5,572 3,092
Edmonton 5 17,886 3,577 3,609 4,399 2,961
Ottawa 5 13,418 2,684 2,432 3,457 2,158
NASL TOTAL 50 258,065 5,161 4,535 11,048 2,158
 
USL Pro G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Sacramento 7 102,107 14,587 17,414 20,231 8,000
Rochester 8 42,196 5,275 5,290 6,385 4,007
Orlando 10 47,134 4,713 4,801 5,029 4,206
Charleston 7 27,948 3,993 3,773 5,415 2,674
Oklahoma City 8 30,460 3,808 3,819 4,230 3,405
Pittsburgh 7 19,265 2,752 2,485 3,902 2,005
Richmond 9 22,204 2,467 2,333 3,507 2,010
Wilmington 8 18,169 2,271 2,119 3,256 1,757
Arizona 10 22,406 2,241 2,128 3,014 1,482
Harrisburg 8 14,112 1,764 1,746 2,233 1,417
Charlotte 8 6,348 794 706 1,261 556
Orange County 9 6,591 732 638 1,221 431
Los Angeles 10 6,866 687 575 1,259 410
Dayton 9 4,548 505 456 1,026 213
USL PRO TOTAL 118 370,354 3,139 2,202 20,231 213


NOTES:

  • Last night’s crowd of 64,207 in Seattle was a season high for MLS, slightly off last year’s similar fixture (in late August), which drew 67,385. It may have also contributed to the lowest crowd in the brief history of the Portland Thorns, who hosted FC Kansas City a couple of hours before the Timbers played up the road. Still, having 9,672 as your lowest crowd in history is something almost every club in America outside MLS would take.
  • The NASL’s Fall Season began this past weekend, and no home team cracked 4,000 announced (not even the vaunted Cosmos). The week’s average of 3,497 for five games was the lowest for the NASL since Week 8 of the spring season in 2013 (when they averaged 3,394 for the three matches). This coming week should be a positive one for the second-division league, though, as both Indy Eleven (which has sold out every game) and Ottawa (which moves into TD Place and seems to feel confident about a five-figure crowd) are at home, as are San Antonio and Minnesota.
  • USL Pro-leading Sacramento didn’t have a home game this week, but fellow expansionist Oklahoma City did. OKC has had a very positive debut, filling about 95% of its seats through its first eight games. The league projects – if everyone holds their averages, which won’t happen because Sacramento’s is going to go down now – to average about 3,328 for the season.
  • While we’ll continue to monitor the impact of the World Cup on attendance stateside, it’s hard to advocate MLS completely standing down for the month when they drew 19,807 on average for 30 games during the knockout stages of the Cup (after taking the group stage off). USL Pro saw a slight dip during the festivities (going from a 3,177 average prior to 2,901 during).

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3 Responses to “Taking Attendance 7/14/2014: A One And A Two And A Three..”

  1. Matt Bernhardt Says:

    Thanks, as always, for tracking these figures Kenn. I wonder whether past World Cup cycles have impacted attendance figures, either for the latter half of that year – or the year after? I’ve only followed the Crew figures in any detail, and it is hard to see much of a bounce in that set that can be attributed to the World Cup.

  2. admin Says:

    I’ve looked previously at what happens in that season (the so-called classic “World Cup Bounce,” which is supposed to impact the rest of that MLS season) and the results are not what you’d expect if it were an actual effect.

    We’ll see what happens here (and I’ve not looked at succeeding years). My sense is that the general “how is soccer doing in America?” question demands overviews over longer periods of time. If you look back to 2006 or 2002 or 1998, you can obviously see that we’re in a much better place today than we were then, and I believe the World Cup is part of that. (There are a variety of factors, but that is one of the sexiest, I guess.)

  3. Nathan Says:

    Where do these figures come from? Assuming the teams, then Toronto doesn’t understand how attendance works. Maybe they forgot the games are televised?