Nine matches were played during the 17th week of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, bringing the season total to 155. Three of these nine matches were sellouts, putting the league at an impressive 43 for the year.
The 17th week of the season featured a total attendance tally of 192,747 fans through the nine matches, averaging 21,416 per contest. This is the second highest average attendance figure of the season, only bested by Week Two’s 23,386 per game.
Through the 155 matches of the season, league-wide total attendance is at 2,915,672. This comes out to an average of 18,811 per match.
Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC registered the first two sellouts of the week, playing above capacity during matches against Chicago and New York, respectively. D.C. United had a strong showing as well, hosting 18,302 (94 percent capacity) for a 3-0 shelling of the visiting Montreal Impact. This was the first time that United cracked 18k in attendance since Week Six of the 2011 season.
Similarly, the Columbus Crew also posted a very strong figure of 19,674 (97.7 percent capacity) during a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake. This was the best figure of the season for the Crew and marked the first time they’d played to 18k or more since the second week of the 2012 season.
I was able to attend the Crew – Salt Lake match on Saturday and had a great time. The Nordecke was really alive and energized throughout the match.
In addition to this, I also had a bit of good fortune! Pretty cool social media fan interaction on the part of the Crew.
The San Jose Earthquakes posted the largest figure of the week, hosting 50,391 at Stanford Stadium against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Could this huge crowd have come at any better of a time? The fans were witness to one of the most exciting matches of the season, a seven-goal shootout which ended with the home ‘Quakes on top, 4-3.
Week 18 of the 2012 season begins on Tuesday, July 3 when Houston hosts Chicago at 8:30 pm EST.
This is Brett Compton’s 241st post for WeFollowFutbol. Read more about him here.