Interesting attendance note in from the Sounders:
Sounders FC is on track to set a new MLS average attendance record of 36,932, surpassing their 2010 mark of 36,173. The 2011 average is over 14,000 more than their nearest MLS opponent (L.A. Galaxy) and would rank 10th amongst Major League Baseball teams and eighth amongst English Premier League clubs. Sounders FC would currently rank seventh in Spain's La Liga, fifth in Italy's Serie A and 13th in Germany's Bundesliga.
MLB average attendances:1. Philadelphia Phillies 45,4402. NY Yankees 45,1073. San Francisco Giants 41,8094. Minnesota Twins 39,2635. LA Angels 39,0706. St. Louis Cardinals 38,1967. Milwaukee Brewers 37,7738. Boston Red Sox 37,7039. Chicago Cubs 37,25810. Seattle Sounders FC 36,932
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EPL average attendances:1. Manchester United 75,4672. Arsenal 59,9683. Manchester City 46,8684. Newcastle United 45,2715. Liverpool 44,8886. Chelsea 41,5527. Sunderland 38,9158. Seattle Sounders FC 36,9329. Tottenham Hotspur 36,13910. Everton 33,106
And while on the topic, the Sounders also announced that they have gone over 29,000 in advance sales for their U.S. Open Cup final Oct. 4 against Chicago. That puts them in seemingly easy striking range of the tournament record 31,311, which turned out in Seattle last season for the Open Cup final. Tickets are available at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets and the CenturyLink Field box office.