Chelsea FC trained at the Seahawks' facility in Renton this morning. Afterward, defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Josh McEachran were made available to the press, and each was asked what they know about the Sounders and how big soccer is in Seattle.
CAHILL"Not really. I heard a little bit. I heard that football – or soccer – is getting a lot bigger in the States. They’re producing some good players that are obviously playing in the Premier League. So, no not really. But we’re here – we came in yesterday – so no doubt we’ll learn a little bit about that in the next few days."
McEACHRAN"No, not really. I don’t really watch American football. So, no."
Given that, they may be in for an eye-opening experience Wednesday, when Chelsea opens its U.S. tour at CenturyLink Field. Seattle's average MLS attendance -- 39,590 -- would rank seventh in the English Premier League -- directly behind Chelsea's 41,478 (which represents full capacity of home stadium Stamford Bridge).
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With ticket sales for the friendly topping 49,000 last week, it's certain that Chelsea will play before a larger crowd Wednesday than they do at home. And it's even possible that Seattle will end this season with a higher average home attendance than Chelsea once the unrestricted crowds for the coming games against Los Angeles, Vancouver and Portland come in.