With 30 weeks in the books, the 2012 Major League Soccer season is 292 matches old. Only 31 matches remain before the playoffs begin and the action is coming down to the wire.
A total of 164,020 fans made their way to MLS stadiums during the nine matches of Week 30, generating an average of 18,224 per match. This brings the season attendance total to 5,406,776, netting an average of 18,516 per match. There were an impressive six sellouts during the week, bringing the season total to 93. To this point in the season, 31.8 percent of regular-season matches have been played in front of capacity crowds.
Week 30’s average attendance figure of 18,224 ranks 16th when compared among the other 29 weeks of the season.
Sporting Kansas City got the week off to a roaring start, playing to 113.8 percent capacity for its huge 2-0 win over the Eastern Conference rival Chicago on Friday night. The New York Red Bulls followed this up in the first match on Saturday evening, hosting 25,017 for a 4-1 demolishing of Toronto FC. New York’s second sellout crowd of the season—and first since Week 16—was treated to a brilliant display from designated player Thierry Henry during which he scored one goal and provided three assists.
Houston, Vancouver, Portland and San Jose registered the remaining four sellouts of the week.
Week 31 begins on Wednesday, October 3 when Chicago hosts Philadelphia at 8:30 pm EST.