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2018 MLS Attendance

Orlando City SC stadium

It was an average week of 2018 MLS attendance — not necessarily the worst result in the middle of May, but there is clearly room for improvement in a few markets.

Here are the numbers to date for 2018 MLS attendance:

Team Av Total Gms 2017 Av YOY Week 12
1 Atlanta United FC 48,867 342,070 7 48,200 0.01 45,089
2 Seattle Sounders 39,633 158,531 4 43,666 -0.09
3 Toronto FC 26,633 159,796 6 27,647 -0.04 28,009
4 LA Galaxy 26,185 130,926 5 22,251 0.18
5 Orlando City SC 24,025 168,176 7 25,028 -0.04
6 LAFC 22,000 88,000 4 NA NA
7 NYC FC 21,403 107,017 5 22,643 -0.05 21,494
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 21,255 127,530 6 21,760 -0.02 17,357
9 Portland Timbers 21,144 84,576 4 21,144 0.00 21,144
10 Minnesota United 20,875 125,249 6 20,538 0.02 23,117
11 Montreal Impact 19,767 79,069 4 20,046 -0.01
12 Sporting KC 19,512 117,074 6 19,536 0.00
13 Houston Dynamo 18,609 93,044 5 17,500 0.06
14 New York Red Bulls 18,432 92,162 5 21,175 -0.13
15 San Jose Earthquakes 17,863 89,316 5 19,875 -0.10 17,644
16 Real Salt Lake 17,495 87,477 5 18,781 -0.07
17 Philadelphia Union 15,852 95,114 6 16,901 -0.06 16,019
18 FC Dallas 14,573 102,012 7 15,122 -0.04 13,907
19 Chicago Fire 14,276 99,934 7 17,383 -0.18 14,206
20 Colorado Rapids 14,168 70,839 5 15,322 -0.08
21 NE Revolution 14,114 98,795 7 19,367 -0.27 14,087
22 Columbus Crew 10,010 70,067 7 15,439 -0.35
23 D.C. United 8,762 17,524 2 17,904 -0.51
TOTALS 20,834 2,604,298 125 22,147 -0.06 232,073
WEEKLY AV 21,098

Yes, we saw the usual strong crowds in Atlanta, Toronto and Portland, along with an above-average crowd in Minnesota. Elsewhere, there are some warning signs. Along the way this season San Jose stopped selling out matches at Avaya Stadium, and below average crowds were reported in Dallas and Chicago. Both teams had fairly strong offseasons, so the lack of success at the box office is a little surprising. And we saw another week where New England failed to generate any traction on the attendance front. Yes, the total and per-match averages were decent. But a large crowd in Atlanta will cover a multitude of issues elsewhere in the circuit. With Columbus floundering and D.C United’s season basically on hold until Audi Field opens, the rest of the year at the box office should be fascinating.

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