The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
by David Falk
Here are the average attendances for clubs in The WA as of May 22nd:
MLS – Seattle Sounders FC - 38,627
W-League – Sounders Women – 3,833
PCSL – Bellingham United – 1,162
PDL- Kitsap Pumas – 480
PDL- Washington Crossfire – 75
Haven’t played home matches yet:
PDL – North Sound SeaWolves
PDL – Sounders U23′s
WPSL – Emerald City FC
WPSL – Spokane Shine
WPSL – Issaquah SC
The Sounders continue to set the pace in MLS, for a fourth straight season.
The Sounders Women have gotten a huge boost in pre-season matches from the influx of US National Team players. They begin league play soon, and we’ll watch to see how crowds are with lesser-known names taking the pitch.
Bellingham United FC are doing great for a PCSL side. Most attendances in that league are in the low three digits at best, but the Hammers are at nearly 1,200 per match.
The Kitsap Pumas must be a bit disappointed that there has been no “championship bump” in attendance so far this year. The weather has been good, and the Pumas have even hosted the Sounders U-23s and a US Open Cup match. However, attendance is stagnant or down after crowds of 593, 263 and 585 have Kitsap with a 480 announced average.
Washington Crossfire does not actively promote its PDL side, and most crowds this year will likely be similar to the 75 that showed up for the Monday, 5 PM May 21 home opener at Redmond High School.