Through the eleven matches of the eleventh week of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, an impressive four were played to capacity. In the second-busiest week of the season, a total of 183,741 fans made their way to MLS stadia throughout North America, generating an average of 16,704 fans per contest.
Though this caused the season average to dip slightly, it still sits at a healthy 18,592. In comparison to the 2011 season, we’re still ahead of the game. (Which, by the way, was the highest-attended season in league history.)
Houston, Vancouver, Chivas USA and Portland registered the four sellouts of the week, pushing the season total to 31. Saturday proved to big night for the Goats, as they were able to beat their crosstown rival Galaxy to earn their first Superclasico victory since 2007. Things appear to be on the up and up in this side of LA, as Chivas has picked up two solid new acquisitions in Danny Califf and Juan Agudelo, bolstering an already formidable side.
New England posted its best figure of the season, hosting 16,414 fans for a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo. D.C. United had a reasonable week of attendance, welcoming 25,880 fans to RFK Stadium for home victories over Colorado and Toronto FC. It would be foolish to forget the Portland Timbers, who registered their 22nd consecutive MLS sellout, hosting 20,438 for a Sunday evening clash with the Chicago Fire.
Week Twelve of the 2012 season begins on Wednesday, May 23 when the New York Red Bulls host Chivas USA at 7 pm (EST). Wednesday is a pretty sweet night of MLS action, with three other regular-season matches going on in the evening and one Canadian Championship contest.
Also don’t forget, your United States Men’s National Team takes on Scotland at 8 pm (EST) on Saturday night! The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.