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Taking Attendance 7/22/2014: (Mostly) Final PDL Numbers

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The USL Premier Development League regular season is in the books, and here (with some missing data) are the final attendance numbers for the top summer amateur league in the US and Canada. The Des Moines Menace led the league for the fifth time in the last six years, with an average announced attendance of 3,340 for their seven home games this season.

Team G Total Avg. Med. High Low
Des Moines Menace 7 23,377 3,340 3,333 3,711 2,871
Portland Timbers U-23s 7 16,291 2,327 756 8,207 130
Fresno Fuego #6 13,742 2,290 1,874 3,627 1,693
BYU Cougars 7 13,215 1,888 1,609 3,075 885
Carolina Dynamo 7 13,060 1,866 1,975 2,348 1,311
Austin Aztex 7 12,795 1,828 1,823 2,380 1,404
FC Tucson 7 9,717 1,388 1,098 2,983 1,012
Ventura County Fusion 7 9,256 1,322 1,121 2,100 900
Victoria Highlanders FC 7 9,201 1,314 1,378 1,461 1,057
Midland/Odessa Sockers FC 7 7,838 1,120 884 1,969 587
Albuquerque Sol F.C. 7 6,554 936 936 1,520 400
Western Mass Pioneers 7 6,367 910 1,048 1,456 317
Forest City London 7 5,436 777 650 1,307 369
Long Island Rough Riders 7 4,624 661 647 985 276
Thunder Bay Chill #6 3,691 615 615 690 557
Laredo Heat 7 4,273 610 609 746 549
Mississippi Brilla 7 4,182 597 604 890 402
Michigan Bucks 7 4,160 594 402 1,238 252
Kitsap Pumas 7 3,242 463 460 562 370
Lane United FC 7 3,192 456 400 800 300
Sounders FC U23 7 2,895 414 308 1,012 234
Chicago Inferno #2 749 375 375 403 346
Las Vegas Mobsters @3 1,125 375 350 450 325
Ocala Stampede 7 2,600 371 214 1,075 106
SW Florida Adrenaline @3 1,104 368 380 403 321
Ocean City Nor’easters @3 1,097 366 424 521 152
Reading United AC 7 2,546 364 316 609 209
GPS Portland Phoenix 2 650 325 325 400 250
K-W United FC $4 1,225 306 283 437 222
Vermont Voltage 7 2,106 301 300 450 156
Panama City Beach Pirates 7 2,043 292 265 450 215
San Jose Earthquakes @3 871 290 286 400 185
CFC Azul 7 1,950 279 250 450 250
St. Louis Lions 7 1,884 269 280 396 160
Cincinnati Dutch Lions 7 1,754 251 235 352 151
Toronto Lynx #6 1,350 225 175 600 100
Baltimore Bohemians 7 1,523 218 207 393 103
Northern Virginia Royals **5 1,018 204 189 323 126
SoCal Seahorses 7 1,385 198 240 270 105
Real Colorado Foxes #6 1,145 191 175 400 20
WSA Winnipeg 7 1,255 179 200 275 70
SWVa King’s Warriors 7 1,203 172 188 204 125
Seacoast United Phantoms 7 1,200 171 100 350 100
F.A. Euro $4 665 166 170 300 25
LA Misioneros FC #6 980 163 100 400 80
River City Rovers !2 325 163 163 175 150
Real Boston Rams 7 1,114 159 150 224 75
Jersey Express 7 963 138 125 205 88
West Virginia Chaos 7 965 138 135 220 50
Puget Sound Gunners FC @3 400 133 60 300 40
Springfield Demize 6 729 122 132 172 58
Houston Dutch Lions 7 833 119 113 200 80
Washington Crossfire 7 788 113 100 265 70
Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 #6 660 110 93 175 75
NJ LUSO Parma #6 650 108 100 150 50
IMG Academy Bradenton 7 740 106 100 150 90
Floridians F.C. @2 197 99 99 105 92
Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 7 667 95 77 177 77
Montreal Impact U23 #6 550 92 88 150 25
Westchester Flames 7 520 74 65 135 40
Chicago Fire U-23 **5 353 71 78 116 16
OC Pateadores Blues 7 325 46 50 50 30
Orlando City U23 &0 0 0 0 0 0
SC United Bantams &0 0 0 0 0 0
PDL TOTAL 375 221,315 590 278 8,207 16
# Missing 1 game            
** Missing 2 games            
$ Missing 3 games            
@ Missing 4 games            
! Missing 5 games            
& Missing 7 games            

NOTES:

  • Orlando City U23 and the SC United Bantams did not announce attendance figures for any of their games this season. I am missing 55 other data points for 2014, ranging from one to five missing games for various clubs. I don’t think the missing numbers reasonably impact the conclusions we can draw in most cases.
  • While 10 teams averaged 1,000 or more per game this season, more than half the league can’t get 300 a game on average.
  • If the World Cup raised interest in the sport throughout the country, it wasn’t expressed in PDL attendance. The league averaged 621 per game before the Cup, dropped to 556 during and then rebounded a bit to 585 afterwards.
  • FC Tucson has quietly built something over time. From an average of 681 in their first season (2012), they grew to an 800 average last year and ranked seventh in the PDL this season at 1,388. They’ll host the Western Conference semifinals and final this weekend.
  • Austin (with a game missing – anyone who can help a brother out, it would be appreciated) averaged 1,804 in its final season in the amateur ranks. The Aztex will move up to USL Pro next season, and hopefully it goes better than other PDL clubs that have tried their hand at turning pro.
  • As always, additions and corrections are welcome.

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July 22nd, 2014 at 11:22 am