There’s no place like home. Major League Soccer clubs proved that point during the 20th week of the season, in large part dominating their visiting competition. Not a single team lost while playing at home this week, as clubs around the league posted a very impressive 13-0-2 mark within their own stadiums. New York and Houston even took care of business twice.
Throughout the 15 league matches of Week 20, a cumulative announced attendance figure of 268,340 was reported, or an average of 17,889 per match. This brings the season total to 3,658,748 through 196 matches, averaging 18,667 per contest. In comparison with the rest of the 2012 season, Week 20 ranks No. 13 in terms of highest average attendance.
Three clubs (New York, Houston and Vancouver) played at home three times during the week. The Red Bulls averaged 75.4 percent capacity while Houston (91.3) and Vancouver (97.9) did significantly better. Two matches of the week were played to capacity or higher, as 21,000 witnessed a 2-2 draw between Vancouver and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday while 19,080 were present for a 0-0 draw between Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution on Saturday.
Through 196 matches, the league has recorded 57 sellouts. This equates to just more than 29 percent of games being played in front of capacity crowds.
Week 21 of the 2012 MLS season begins on Friday, July 27 when Real Salt Lake hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at 9 pm EST.
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