The Sounders confirmed today that they have sold more than 57,000 tickets for their regular-season home finale Saturday against San Jose. (The game was part of the three-game ticket plan that included the Manchester United friendly.)
However, while this will be the largest crowd ever to see the Sounders in an MLS match, it remains about 10,000 short of that Sounders-Man U crowd, and about 12,000 shy of the MLS record.
Here are some attendance-related details from the club:
More people come to see Sounders FC than any club in MLS, and on Saturday night comes the biggest crowd of all to date. Ticket sales have already far-surpassed the club's record for an MLS game-46,065 for New York on June 23. That is also the best attendance in MLS for 2011.
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Seattle supporters have broken season average attendance marks in 2009 (30,897) and 2010 (36,173). Going into the final match they are averaging 36,893.
The top crowds ever to see matches in Seattle have been for friendlies involving international teams. On July 20, the Sounders FC-Manchester United match pulled 67,052. The largest attendance for a competitive match was 56,256 on August 25, 1977 at the Kingdome for the NASL semifinal second leg featuring the original Sounders and the Los Angeles Aztecs.
The largest single-game attendance in MLS history is 69,255 for the L.A. Galaxy's inaugural home game at the Rose Bowl in 1996. There have been a total of 13 crowds in excess of 60,000 with five of them international doubleheaders. The record for an MLS match is 92,650 on August 6, 2005 at the Los Angeles Coliseum for Chivas USA-New England as part of a doubleheader with Barcelona-CD Guadalajara.
Seattle Top 10 Attendances67,052 Sounders FC v Manchester United (7/20/2011) 66,848 Sounders FC v Barcelona (8/5/2009)66,830 Real Madrid v DC United (8/9/2006)66,722 Manchester United v Celtic (7/22/2003)65,289 Sounders FC v Chelsea (7/18/2009)58,218 NASL Sounders v New York (4/9/1976)56,416 Mexico v China (4/16/2008)56,256 NASL Sounders v Los Angeles (8/25/1977)50,305 Mexico v Ecuador (5/28/2011)49,606 NASL Sounders v New York (8/9/1980)
MLS Top 10 Single Game Attendances69,255 L.A. Galaxy v NY/NJ MetroStars (4/13/1996)66,237 New York Red Bulls v L.A. Galaxy (8/18/2007)62,703 L.A. Galaxy v New England Revolution (7/4/1996)61,202 Colorado Rapids v Chicago Fire (7/4/2002)60,500 Colorado Rapids v D.C. United (7/4/2001)60,433 L.A. Galaxy v Miami Fusion (7/4/1999)55,234 L.A. Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes (7/4/2002)53,844 L.A. Galaxy v Columbus Crew (7/4/2000)53,655 L.A. Galaxy v Kansas City Wizards (7/4/1998)53,250 NY/NJ MetroStars v L.A. Galaxy (6/9/1996)