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.