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Sounders will add to attendance lists Sunday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 20, 2013 at 10:00 am with No Comments »
August 19, 2013 6:16 pm

With a crowd in the 67,000 range expected Sunday for the Sounders-Timbers match at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle is likely to become the site of three of the top 10 MLS all-time crowds. It may also be possible that they’ll top their current record for soccer attendnace.

Here are some attendance-based notes from the club:

Attendance Records Broken
The Sounders FC faithful continue to set the standard for soccer support in America. Having set the average attendance record in each of the first four seasons, Seattle is poised to raise the bar again in 2013. Sounders FC has hosted some of the biggest crowds in MLS history, including four of the top 25 single-game attendances.

Sunday night’s match is sure to feature another memorable and record-breaking crowd as more than 66,500 are expected to attend. The largest crowd for a soccer game in the Pacific Northwest was 67,052 at the Manchester United friendly in 2011, and the largest attendance for an MLS match was 66,452 in last season’s Portland game. The top mark in MLS history was 92,650 for the New England-Chivas USA game in 2006, which featured a doubleheader with Barcelona-Chivas Guadalajara. The largest attendance for a standalone match was 69,255 for the LA Galaxy-New York MetroStars game in 1996.

Top 10 Attendances – MLS History
Team Attendance Result Date
1. Chivas USA 92,650* NE 1 @ CHV 1 08/06/2006
2. Los Angeles Galaxy 92,216* TB 2 @ LA 2 06/16/1996
3. Chivas USA 88,816* LA 1 @ CHV 0 08/10/2005
4. San Jose Clash 73,123* DC 1 @ SJ 1 07/04/1999
5. Houston Dynamo 70,550* LA 1 @ HOU 0 08/09/2006
6. Los Angeles Galaxy 69,255 MET 1 @ LA 2 04/13/1996
7. Sounders FC 66,452 POR 0 @ SEA 3 10/07/2012
8. New York Red Bulls 66,237 LA 4 @ NY 5 08/18/2007
9. Sounders FC 64,140 SJ 1 @ SEA 2 10/15/2011
10 Los Angeles Galaxy 62,703 NE 1 @ LA 0 07/04/1996
*Coupled with international doubleheader.

Top 10 Seattle Attendances
Attendance Date Teams (Competition)
67,052 July 20, 2011 Sounders FC vs. Manchester United (friendly)
66,848 August 5, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Barcelona (friendly)
66,830 August 9, 2006 Real Madrid vs. DC United (friendly)
66,722 July 22, 2003 Manchester United vs. Celtic (friendly)
66,452 October 7, 2012 Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)
65,289 July 18, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Chelsea (friendly)
64,140 October 15, 2011 Sounders FC vs. San Jose (MLS)
60,908 August 5, 2012 Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
58,218 April 9, 1976 Sounders vs. New York (NASL)
56,416 April 16, 2008 Mexico vs. China (friendly)

Attendance in Perspective
Seattle has averaged an attendance of 40,521 this season, besting the LA Galaxy’s average of 21,989. Seattle’s 2013 average is just shy of last year’s record mark of 43,144, and would have ranked in the top 10 in the English Premier League (8th), Serie A (3rd) and La Liga (4th) and 12th in the German Bundesliga last season. Seattle hosted the top single-game crowd of the season when 53,679 attended the June 8 win over Vancouver, which would have been the second-largest attendance in the opening weekend of the EPL last weekend.

Attendance Average – 2013 Season
Team Average GP Total
Sounders FC 40,521 10 405,208
LA Galaxy 21,989 11 241,881
Montreal 20,944 12 251,332
Portland 20,674 11 227,414
Houston 20,114 12 241,362

Big Crowds, Big Wins
The big crowds at CenturyLink Field have translated to big wins for Sounders FC. In games with an attendance of more than 40,000, Sounders FC is 7-0-2 with a plus-15 goal differential (23 goals scored with eight goals allowed). The offense has scored in all nine matches, including multiple goals six times. The team is even stronger in front of bigger crowds, winning all four matches played in front of over 55,000, outscoring opponents 11-1.

Record with more than 40,000 Fans – Sounders FC
Date Result Attendance
6/23/11 SEA 4 vs. NY 2 46,065
10/15/11 SEA 2 vs. SJ 1 66,140
6/20/12 SEA 1 vs. KC 1 46,932
8/5/12 SEA 4 vs. LA 0 60,908
8/18/12 SEA 2 vs. VAN 0 55,718
10/7/12 SEA 3 vs. POR 0 66,452
3/16/13 SEA 1 vs. POR 1 40,150
6/8/13 SEA 3 vs. VAN 2 53,679

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