With the most recent international break in the rearview, Major League Soccer resumed a regular slate of games during Week 28, as ten matches were played in the United States and Canada. The 2012 season has seen a total of 270 matches played, with total attendance falling just short of five million at 4,993,738.
The 28th week of the 2012 season saw two sellouts (81 and 82 on the season) and an attendance figure of 169,742. This made for an average of 16,974 per match, ranking 19th when compared to the rest of the year. The total season average dipped ever so slightly from 18,554 to 18,495.
Portland and Sporting Kansas City picked up the two sellouts of the week, hosting 20,438 and 19,877, respectively. Portland sold out Jeld-Wen Field for the 32nd straight time in MLS play while SKC recorded its 13th in a row.
Chivas USA registered both the lowest figure (11,317) and capacity percentage (60.2) of the week during a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. The Goats have played to only one sellout crowd so far in 2012 and are filling the adjusted capacity of the Home Depot Center (18,800) to 71 percent this season.
Week 29 of the 2012 MLS season begins on Wednesday, September 19 when the New York Red Bulls host Sporting Kansas City at 7 pm EST. During this match, the league’s total attendance figure will surpass five million for the second time ever in the regular season.