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NWSL attendance watch: Week 2

Portland Thorns FC fan
Portland Thorns FC fan

A crowd of 16,479 turned out in Portland for Thorns FC's opener vs. Seattle Reign FC. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti |

Last week FC Kansas City’s league opener stood out as the outlier in attendance, more than doubling any other figure. There were only two games in Week 2, and Portland Thorns FC’s home debut completely skewed the league average having outdrawn all four Week 1 games combined.

Portland’s 16,479 fans is more than any standalone (not doubleheader) Women’s Professional Soccer game drew from 2009-2011. That record belongs to the July 20, 2011 game between the Western New York Flash and magicJack, which brought 15,404 fans to Sahlen’s Stadium as part of the US team’s (and Abby Wambach’s) homecoming from a World Cup runners-up position.

Here’s a look at National Women’s Soccer League attendance figures through Week 2 (six games):

Average attendance to date: 5,722
(Without Portland: 3,571)

Total attendance to date: 34,332
(Without Portland: 17,853)

Western New York Flash @ Washington Spirit (Maryland SoccerPlex) — 4,569 (sellout)

Seattle Reign FC @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) — 16,479


Week 1 attendance figures


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