Crowd count: Rhinos draw just 963 for final home game of USL season

The Rochester Rhinos, once the best-supported Division 2 team in American soccer, closed out its 2017 USL home season with a crowd of 963 fans for their 2-1 win over Bethlehem Steel.



The Rhinos averaged just 2,073 fans a game, the second lowest, above only Charlotte among the USL's independent teams. Seven MLS second teams average less than 2,000 fans a game.

At the start of the season, Rochester real-estate attorney David Dworkin, who with his wife Wendy bought the Rhinos in 2016, said the club's current situation was an unsustainable business model. They lost a reported $1.7 million with an average attendance of 3,655.

Before 2016, the Rhinos never averaged under 5,000 fans a game in their 20 seasons.

MLS this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
15,724 Houston-Sporting KC (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Toronto FC vs. Montreal 2 pm
Chicago vs. Philadelphia 2 pm
New England vs. New York City FC 2 pm
Orlando City vs. Columbus 2 pm
NY Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United 2 pm, FS1 Fox Deportes
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake 4:30 pm
Portland vs. D.C. United 4:30 pm
Vancouver vs. San Jose 4:30 pm
Sporting KC vs. Houston 4:30 pm
Seattle vs. FC Dallas 4:30 pm, FS1 Fox Deportes
LA Galaxy vs. Minn. United 4:30 pm
Note: All MLS games not on national television air on MLS Live.

USL this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
6,096 San Antonio FC-Timbers 2 (2-1)
963 Rochester-Bethlehem Steel (1-0)
937 Swope Park Rangers-Sounders 2 (2-1)
n/a Orlando City B vs. Tampa Bay (0-2)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Orange County SC 10 pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
Rochester  vs. NY Red Bulls II 6:05 pm
Charlotte vs. Charleston 7 pm
Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa 7 pm
Louisville City FC vs. Richmond 7:30 pm
Toronto FC II vs. FC Cincinnati 7:30 pm
Tulsa vs. Colorado Springs 8 pm
San Antonio FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC 8:30 pm
Real Monarchs vs. LA Galaxy II 9 pm
Reno 1868 vs. Sac Republic FC 10 pm
Phoenix  vs. Timbers 2 10:30 pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Bethlehem Steel vs. Saint Louis FC 3 pm
OKC Energy FC vs. Sounders FC 2 6 pm
Note: USL games not on national television air on YouTube.

NASL this week:
ATT. MATCH (RESULT)
1,524 SF Deltas-Indy Eleven (2-1)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Jacksonville vs. North Carolina FC 7:30 pm ESPN3
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
Indy Eleven vs. Miami FC 3 pm ESPN3
New York Cosmos vs. FC Edmonton 7 pm beIN Sports en Espanol
SF Deltas vs. Puerto Rico FC 8 pm Twitter

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1 comment about "Crowd count: Rhinos draw just 963 for final home game of USL season".
  1. Andrew Brown, October 13, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

    What a mess. I'd like to thank David Gantt. 

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