It was a perfectly average Week 19 in 2017 MLS attendance, as the league came close to matching the season per-game average before the Gold Cup break.
Here are the numbers after the 19th week of play:
|1||Atlanta United FC||46,482||371,858||8||44,974|
|4||Orlando City SC||25,257||277,826||11||25,029|
|8||San Jose Earthquakes||21,262||212,617||10|
|11||New York Red Bulls||20,265||182,386||9|
|14||Real Salt Lake||18,584||167,255||9|
Most teams came within 10 percent of their season average this past week, as we reached the Gold Cup milestone. Gold Cup matches began this past weekend, so MLS takes a break while its best players participate in the tourney. So, in many ways, there was not much northworthy when it came to tracking 2017 MLS attendance. Portland put up its normal sellout numbers and Orlando City was close to a sellout, while LA Galaxy, Vancouver, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas attracted larger-than-average crowds.
Coming up, we expect Atlanta and Seattle to continue to battle for the 2017 MLS attendance crown, as they both have the capability to draw huge crowds throughout the season — even after Atlanta moves to the new downtown Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
All attendance figures come from the MLS website. Image courtesy San Jose Earthquake.