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Sounders-LA ticket sales reach 59,000; Hanauer sees no lasting problem with CCL crowd

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm with 5 Comments »
August 4, 2012 6:57 am

The Sounders have topped 59,000 ticket sales for their 6 p.m. Sunday match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and a crowd of over 60,000 is expected.

Meanwhile, general manager Adrian Hanauer said today that the CenturyLink-record-low crowd of 7,767 for the CONCACAF Champions League opener last night reflects on that tournment’s current profile and does not indicate any bloom coming off the attendance rose for Sounders FC. (Here’s full TNT story.)

“(The tournament) needs some TLC,” he said. “It’s confusing and foreign to our fans. I know CONCACAF has a new general secretary … who’s a marketing guy and who I think understands some of the challenges with the tournament. … The early rounds are just going to be a real challenge. But the deeper we get into the tournament — especially if we start playing against Mexican teams or MLS teams — I think the tournament will increase in support.”

Hanauer said if CONCACAF allowed it, the Sounders would play early CONCACAF games at Starfire, and then nobody would be asking questions about empty seats.

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  1. jimkingjr says:

    What it means is that Sigi took the group play so unseriously last year that fans were not sure the game would be worth it. It was worth it, and it is a shame that so many fans missed it. That is why Sigi has to put consistently good product on the field.

  2. exSlacker says:

    In fairness to Sigi…he put out mostly reserves this time around like he did last year. The difference is that our depth has improved. Part of this is due to the first-half injuries we’ve dealt with. It has mean that guys like Rose and Caskey have become much better players than they otherwise would have. Make no mistake though – they would have been on the field even if they hadn’t. We needed to save the guys who don’t regenerate super quickly for 4 very important games in the 16 days after Caledonia (LA, Open Cup, San Jose, Vancouver). Playing anything resembling a starting 11 wasn’t an option. Luckly for us, after starting 26 lineups in 27 games, we have LOTS of guys who could be argued as “starting 11″…and so when we throw our reserves at a game in 2012 – it just doesn’t feel as much like reserves.

  3. stifflfootball says:

    My son & I were a part of the small crowd last night. It is a great opportunity for fans that aren’t season ticket holders or don’t have a ton of cash to go see the lads play for a price that isn’t an arm and a leg. I think the biggest issue is the almost total lack of promotion of the CCL by the Sounders organization. If you don’t advertise it, how do you expect people to come?

  4. elmocatt says:

    I was planning on going to the match, since I love the completely different vib that these have (and they are dirt cheap too). But, ended up with other plans on such a lovely evening.

  5. EverydayFan says:

    You can blame a bunch of folks for the low crowd numbers … just NOT anyone from the Sounders.

    Sigi and Sounders take this game and tournament more seriously than any other MLS Team (Sigi calls it the most important competition).

    Sounders FO pays for a few print ads “there are times for friendlies, etc.” while CONCACAF does nothing but publish a bizarre website that no one sees. Love the fact that CONCACAF is hiring someone who actually knows marketing – but bad marketing precedent isn’t exclusive to Soccer – look how bad the Pac10 had been and how it’s completely transformed with the arrival of their new President.

    The game _was_ exciting, well played, and salted away in the 1st half with no injuries to our workhorses… any fan who pays attention knows it was as picture perfect as you get.

    Great game Sounders … if you keep building it, they will come.

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