We're probably looking at a crowd of less than half the usual tonight when Sounders FC plays its first meaningful international competition, meeting Metapan of El Savador at 7 p.m. and on Fox Soccer Channel.
We'll keep this blog open all night for pregame, in-game and postgame updates and comments.
Meanwhile, word from Houston, where the All-Star game is about to kick off, that that game will be a sellout of around 70,000.
Houston’s Reliant Stadium has sold out for the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, between the best of MLS and England’s Manchester United. More than 70,000 fans are expected to attend the game in Houston. Tickets for the game were purchased in 41 states and five countries.
The sellout crowd will be among the highest attendance for an All-Star Game in a major U.S. sport. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the 1996 MLS All-Star Game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 78,416 at Giants Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J. Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game drew a record crowd of 72,086 to Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1981, and last year’s NFL Pro Bowl had an attendance of 70,697 at Land Shark Stadium in south Florida.