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2017 USL Attendance

Charlotte Independence

After several strong weeks on the 2017 USL attendance front, Week 21 was somewhat of a letdown, with most of the best-attended teams in the circuit playing on the road.

Here are the Week 21 numbers:

Team Average Total Matches Week 21 Week 21
1 FC Cincinnati 20,466 266,063 13
2 Sacramento Republic FC 11,569 104,121 9
3 Louisville City FC 9,281 83,533 9 13,812
4 San Antonio FC 7,230 79,525 11
5 Rio Grande Valley FC 7,221 79,433 11 8,866
6 Phoenix Rising FC 6,356 57,203 9
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5,662 67,939 12
8 Reno 1868 FC 5,467 60,141 11 5,847
9 Ottawa Fury FC 5,367 59,039 11 4,360
10 Saint Louis FC 4,559 45,594 10 4,001
11 Richmond Kickers 4,458 53,500 12 3,157
12 Tulsa Roughnecks 4,389 48,278 11 3,027 4,037
13 OKC Energy FC 4,215 42,152 10
14 Col Springs Switchbacks FC 3,318 36,496 11
15 Charleston Battery 3,250 42,252 13 3,233
16 Bethlehem Steel FC 3,057 36,687 12 3,072
17 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3,002 30,022 10
18 Harrisburg City Islanders 2,508 27,589 11 3,367 2,078
19 Orange County SC 2,498 19,980 8 1,553
20 Portland Timbers 2 2,475 29,698 12 1,976
21 Rochester Rhinos 2,209 22,087 10
22 Real Monarchs SLC 2,146 23,608 11 2,385
23 Charlotte Independence 1,671 15,035 9
24 Orlando City B 1,294 12,939 10
25 LA Galaxy II 1,272 13,992 11
26 Toronto FC II 1,056 10,556 10 1,000
27 Swope Park Rangers 1,053 10,531 10 1,012
28 Seattle Sounders FC 2 1,036 12,433 12 969
29 Vancouver Whitecaps FC II 855 8,547 10
30 New York Red Bulls II 565 7,339 13
TOTALS 4,367 1,406,312 322 67,752
WEEKLY AVERAGE 3,764

The per-game average of 3,764 was the lowest since Week 17, but it’s about par with other weeks where FC Cincinnati and Sacramento are on the road. However, there were a few bright spots. Louisville City FC set a record with a crowd of 13,812, and both Reno 1868 FC and Rio Grande Valley continued to be solid draws. Those were the highlights of a week where most USL teams failed to draw their average. The reported season average is now at 4,367 fans per game. That’s well above last year’s average reported attendance of 3,439, making 2017 USL attendance one of the great sporting stories of the season.

These reports are compiled from team postings on the league website. Photo courtesy USL and Charlotte Independence.

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