With the two top draws in the league on the road, 2017 USL attendance in Week 17 was down over previous weeks — though there were some definite bright spots in the weekly report.
Here are the Week 17 numbers:
|Team||Average||Total||Matches||Week 17||Week 17|
|2||Sacramento Republic FC||11,569||80,983||7|
|3||Louisville City FC||8,529||59,704||7||11,632|
|4||San Antonio FC||7,240||65,158||9||8,131|
|5||Rio Grande Valley FC||7,144||57,151||8|
|6||Phoenix Rising FC||6,468||51,740||8||5,605|
|7||Tampa Bay Rowdies||5,663||50,964||9|
|8||Ottawa Fury FC||5,411||43,286||8||5,525|
|9||Reno 1868 FC||5,363||48,267||9|
|11||Saint Louis FC||4,693||32,850||7||5,243|
|12||OKC Energy FC||4,590||32,132||7|
|14||Bethlehem Steel FC||3,427||27,415||8||0*|
|16||Col Springs Switchbacks FC||3,203||28,831||9|
|18||Orange County SC||2,857||14,285||5|
|19||Portland Timbers 2||2,607||26,067||10||1,917|
|20||Harrisburg City Islanders||2,536||20,288||8||3,289||1,840|
|21||Real Monarchs SLC||2,089||18,803||9|
|24||LA Galaxy II||1,447||11,575||8||736|
|25||Orlando City B||1,320||11,878||9||1,504|
|26||Swope Park Rangers||1,066||8,530||8|
|27||Seattle Sounders FC 2||1,061||9,548||9||1,112|
|28||Toronto FC II||1,051||8,411||8|
|29||Vancouver Whitecaps FC II||825||7,424||9||1,788||895|
|30||New York Red Bulls II||560||6,157||11||505|
*Does not include unreported attendance for Week 17 match.
The lack of home top draws certainly suppressed the numbers, but there were some bright spots. Louisville City FC attracted a large crowd when hosting FC Cincinnati, and San Antonio drew its largest league crowd of the season. In addition, Ottawa. St. Louis, Vancouver and Orlando City B drew larger-than-average crowds. The reported season average is now at 4,343 fans per game, but that’s not counting an unreported Bethlehem Steel crowd. That’s well above last year’s average reported attendance of 3,439.
These reports are compiled from team postings on the league website. Photo courtesy USL and Charlotte Independence.