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|
|5||Orlando City SC||24,025||168,176||7||25,028||-0.04|
|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|
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.