Two more sellouts were added to the season total during Week 23 of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, bringing the count to 68. Through the eight completed matches of the week, a total of 126,088 fans made their way to MLS stadia, netting an average of 15,761 per match. This brings the season total to 4,132,638, or 18,700 per contest.
The week delivered one of the lowest average attendance figures of the season, ranking 21st of the 23 played to this point.
New York began the week with a crowd of 15,730 on Friday night. This is a decent figure, but when viewed in terms of capacity (62.9 percent) it is far from impressive, especially considering the fact that it was a very important match against an Eastern Conference foe fighting for a spot at the top of the table.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC posted a solid figure of 20,083 against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, nearly filling BC Place to capacity. This attendance figure was just slightly over the club’s average for 2012, as the Whitecaps have been playing to an impressive 93 percent capacity throughout the season to this point.
Sporting Kansas City and San Jose picked up the two sellouts of the week, earning their 11th and sixth on the season, respectively. Philadelphia was incredibly close with its figure of 18,412 on Sunday evening, coming literally 88 fans shy of sellout No. seven.
Week 24 of the 2012 season kicks off on Wednesday, August 15 when the Columbus Crew hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:00 pm EST. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.