The North American Soccer League has enjoyed an overall successful first two weeks to its 2014 season. Aside from some difficulties with the launch of the league’s video streaming service, NASL Live, and the integration of that streaming on mobile apps, the NASL has built on strengths from last season.
This year’s spring campaign (the first portion of the NASL season) features 3 more teams than 2013’s did, as NY Cosmos only played the fall campaign last year and the league has expanded to Indianapolis and Ottawa. All 3 of these newest clubs have shown promise off the field, notching up attendances ranging from decent to amazing.
Minnesota United FC, the league’s second best attended team of the spring campaign in 2013, hasn’t hosted a match yet this season. Several other teams have impressed with opening night attendances that were well above their season averages last year.
Indy Eleven is an unavoidable talking point. The club broke 11000 in its debut match but also reached 10400 in the rather more indicative second home game.
The NY Cosmos and San Antonio Scorpions have returned to the top of the attendance charts, where the two clubs finished 2013. Somewhat surprising though, Tampa Bay opened its season last week in front of an announced crowd of more than 7000. With all the MLS-expansion buzz in Florida (and the Southeast more generally), it will be interesting to see if the Rowdies can maintain that attendance level.
If you’ve got other observations about the attendance figures in the first two weeks of the 2014 NASL season, feel free to sound off below.
Ottawa Fury FC 1-2 Minnesota United FC, 3457
Atlanta Silverbacks 1-2 San Antonio Scorpions, 5000
Carolina RailHawks 4-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 4007
Indy Eleven 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies, 10421
FC Edmonton 0-1 NY Cosmos, 4399
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-0 Ottawa Fury FC, 3105
Indy Eleven 1-1 Carolina Railhawks, 11048
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 FC Edmonton, 7003
San Antonio Scorpions 0-2 Minnesota United FC, 7381
NY Cosmos – Atlanta Silverbacks, 7906
As a point of comparison here are the full season (both the spring and the fall campaign) attendance averages for 2013.
Full 2013 season averages:
San Antonio Scorpions: 6951.3
New York Cosmos: 6858.7
Carolina RailHawks: 4707.6
Atlanta Silverbacks: 4702.6
Minnesota United FC: 4508.7
Fort Lauderdale Strikers: 4268.9
Tampa Bay Rowdies: 4043.9
FC Edmonton: 2409.7