Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer indicated no disappointment at the expected crowd of about 55,000 for tomorrow' friendly against Chelsea.
The Sounders drew 65,372 for Chelsea's visit in 2009. They drew 67.052 for Manchester United last season.
"Anytime you have a crowd in the mid-50’s for a soccer game in the United States, I think it’s just another amazing feat," he said. "Obviously we would have loved to have sold it out. But we understand that Chelsea was here in the last few years, so there may be some fans who say they have come out, spent the money, seen Chelsea, and perhaps would have wanted another club. But it will still be a great crowd, great atmosphere, and hopefully once again a home-field crowd for us."
Hanauer was asked if the club still views one major international friendly per season as the best way to go.
"For now," he said. "We’ll absolutely review it at the end of the year. We actually have a big management meeting tomorrow as well, and we’ll go through an agenda, and I’m sure we’ll touch on it at this one. But this one at the end of the year, we’ll assess if it’s a good strategy going forward."