Any week where New England plays at home twice and Seattle is on the road can be expected to be a set of fixtures with low (relatively speaking, of course) average attendance. Week 26 of the 2012 Major League Soccer season was no different, as the average attendance figure of 15,162 per match ranks 24th when compared with all of the other weeks of the season.
A total of 181,943 fans made their way to MLS stadiums during the 12 matches of the week, netting the aforementioned average. Four sellouts were achieved, bringing the overall season total to 79.
It’s good to see the Portland Timbers faithful being rewarded of late. Though the club is averaging just over one point per match, the Timbers won their second straight on Friday night, defeating Colorado by a 1-0 scoreline in front of 20,438 at Jeld-Wen Field. This was Portland’s 31st straight MLS sellout.
On the subject of consecutive sellouts, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose are worth a mention. In Week 26 these three clubs notched their third, 12th and fourth consecutive sellouts, respectively.
Week 27 of the 2012 MLS season begins on Wednesday, September 5 when the New England Revolution host the Columbus Crew at 8 pm EST.