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2018 USL Attendance

Orange County SC

A strong end to a strong campaign, as the 2018 USL attendance was over 112,000 for the last week of the regular season.

Here is the full listing of 2018 USL attendance through Oct. 14:

Team Av. Totals Gms 2017 YOY Week 31
1 FC Cincinnati 25,717 437,197 17 21,199 0.21
2 Sacramento Republic FC 11,311 192,293 17 11,569 -0.02 11,569
3 Indy Eleven* 10,163 172,776 17 8,954 0.14
4 Nashville SC 9,561 162,540 17 NA NA 16,614^
5 Louisville City FC 7,891 134,153 17 8,613 -0.08 17,379^
6 Las Vegas Lights FC 7,266 123,529 17 NA NA 5,929
7 San Antonio FC 6,939 117,969 17 7,152 -0.03 7,018
8 Phoenix Rising FC 6,380 108,465 17 6,127 0.04 7,289
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5,553 94,399 17 5,894 -0.06
10 Reno 1868 FC 5,066 86,128 17 5,559 -0.09 5,136
11 Fresno FC 4,871 82,810 17 NA NA 6,248
12 Ottawa Fury FC 4,752 80,778 17 5,427 -0.12 5,385
13 North Carolina FC* 4,730 80,414 17 4,489 0.05
14 Rio Grande Valley FC 4,650 79,049 17 7,067 -0.34
15 OKC Energy FC 4,298 73,071 17 4,293 0.00
16 Saint Louis FC 4,271 72,615 17 4,571 -0.07 11,442^
17 Richmond Kickers 3,976 67,594 17 4,665 -0.15
18 CS Switchbacks FC 3,804 64,674 17 3,389 0.12
19 Seattle Sounders FC 2 3,370 57,285 17 1,097 2.07 3,219
20 Orange County SC 3,095 52,618 17 2,527 0.22
21 Tulsa Roughnecks 3,094 52,599 17 3,851 -0.20 3,018
22 Charleston Battery 2,872 48,824 17 3,167 -0.09
23 Atlanta United 2 2,598 44,158 17 NA NA 4,653^
24 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2,401 43,212 18 2,639 -0.09
25 Bethlehem Steel FC 2,347 39,898 17 3,052 -0.23 262
26 Penn FC 2,147 36,495 17 2,429 -0.12 4,117^
27 Portland Timbers 2 2,015 34,256 17 2,524 -0.20
28 Real Monarchs SLC 1,731 29,432 17 2,577 -0.33
29 Charlotte Independence 1,659 29,858 18 1,615 0.03 1,486
30 LA Galaxy II 1,048 17,818 17 1,215 -0.14
31 Swope Park Rangers 869 13,904 16 1,015 -0.14 0**
32 New York Red Bulls II 812 13,805 17 632 0.28 1,592
33 Toronto FC II 810 12,143 15 1,089 -0.26
TOTALS 4,923 2,756,759 560 4,301 0.14 112,356
WEEKLY AV. 5,107
*Played 2017 in NASL
^Total of two matches

**Did not report attendance

Except for one unreported match attendance from the Swope Park Rangers from Sunday, we expect these numbers to be close to what the league reports as the 2018 final numbers. (Of course, there could be more changes. There were some gaps in the league attendance reports, but we’ve gone back and updated/added the revised figures.) We’ll be posting a longer story on this record season, but for now, the big story is the big increase in league attendance. The league’s season per-game average of 4,923 is a healthy improvement over 2017’s 4,301 season average. Whether it can be matched in 2019 is a good question: FC Cincinnati will not be part of the mix with a move to MLS, but neither will low-drawing teams like Toronto FC II (moving down to USL League One) and Penn FC (on hiatus).

These reports are compiled from team postings on the league website. Photo courtesy USL and Orange County SC.

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