Crowd count: MLS moves past record season average

New York City FC's game against Houston in East Hartford, Connecticut, drew only 10,165 fans, its lowest crowd ever for an MLS match by a wide margin, but strong attendance elsewhere pushed the league's season average to 21,794, above last year's record average of 21,692.

The NYCFC-Houston game was moved to Rentschler Field from Yankee Stadium because of a conflict with a Yankees' makeup game on Monday. Only twice before -- both times in 2017 -- has NYCFC played an MLS game at Yankee Stadium before an announced crowd of less than 20,000.

Eight of the other 12 MLS games this week drew more than 20,000 fans, including 25,229 fans for D.C. United's 4-0 win over San Jose in its second-to-last game at RFK Stadium.


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Open Cup this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
21,523
Sporting KC-NY Red Bulls (2-1)

MLS this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
43,502 Atlanta United-Montreal (2-0)
42,373
Atlanta United-LA Galaxy (4-0)
28,898 Toronto FC-Montreal (3-5)
25,229 D.C. United-San Jose (4-0)
22,120 Vancouver-Colorado (2-1)
22,055 Minn. United-FC Dallas (4-1)
21,144 Portland-Orlando City (3-0)
20,008 Columbus-NY Red Bulls (3-2)
19,786 Real Salt Lake-Seattle (2-0)
19,303 New England-Toronto FC (2-1)
19,028 Sporting KC-LA Galaxy (2-1)
18,619 Philadelphia-Chicago (3-1)
10,165 New York City-Houston (1-1)

NWSL this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
7,353 Orlando-Portland (0-0)
6,707 Houston-Chicago (2-3)
4,991 Seattle-FC Kansas City (0-1)
3,475
Washington-Boston (0-3)
2,690 Sky Blue FC-North Carolina (1-1)

USL this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
11,659 Sac Republic FC-OKC Energy FC (1-3)
8,125 San Antonio FC-Rio Grande Valley FC (0-1)
7,786
Tampa Bay-Charlotte (1-0)
6,698
Louisville City FC-Rochester (2-1)
6,001 Reno 1868-OKC Energy FC (3-0)
6,001 Ottawa-Louisville City (1-1)
5,969 Richmond-Rochester (1-0)
5,640 Reno 1868-Timbers 2 (6-1)
4,376 Saint Louis FC-FC Cincinnati (2-2)
3,884 Tulsa-LA Galaxy II (1-0)
2,788 Colorado Springs-Swope Park Rangers (1-3)
2,020 Charleston-Charlotte (3-0)
1,772 Real Monarchs-Orange County SC (0-0)
1,011 Orlando City B-Charleston (2-1)
966 Sounders FC 2-Phoenix (0-1)
827 Whitecaps FC 2-Phoenix (0-4)
n/a Bethlehem Steel-Pittsburgh (3-2)

NASL this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
4,666 New York Cosmos-North Carolina FC (0-2)
4,360 New York Cosmos-SF Deltas (2-2)
3,313 Jacksonville-Miami FC (0-3)
2,951 SF Deltas-FC Edmonton (2-1)
Puerto Rico FC vs. FC Edmonton (postponed)
Indy Eleven vs. Puerto Rico FC (postponed)

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