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Sounders to show appreciation for record setting fans

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The Seattle Sounders FC announced today the team will recognize and thank the fans at the final regular season home match versus the LA Galaxy on Sunday, October 27 at CenturyLink Field. First kick is set for 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN.

Throughout the match, the team and its partners will celebrate the loudest fans in the MLS by awarding prizes to fans and sections. Fan giveaways include the following:

March to the Match activities begin at 4:15 p.m. at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square with performances by the band Helio Sequence, an alternative rock duo from Beaverton, Oregon who recently released their fifth studio album, Negotiations.

Sounders FC will give away 500 $5 concessions vouchers in Pioneer Square's Occidental Park prior to the team's March to the Match. Distribution of vouchers will be made available to ticket holders who show their MatchPass on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Limit one voucher per MatchPass. Fans can redeem the voucher at any concession stand at the stadium on October 27, 2013. The voucher excludes alcoholic beverages.

Sounders FC season ticket members will receive 30% off any purchases made at The Pro Shop located at CenturyLink Field or Downtown at 4th and Pike on Sunday, October 27. Fans will receive 15% off Sounders FC outerwear including jackets, hoodies and track jackets, also an additional 30% off all clearance items.

There are plenty of transportation options for fans to access CenturyLink Field. Visit the team's transportation guide at

Fans are invited to check-out the new Brougham Beer Hall, located on the main concourse at the southwest corner of the stadium, to take advantage of the $5 domestic beers and $6 craft pints promotion. The promotion is also available at all concession stands from the time gates open until 30 minutes before kickoff.

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Below, some more club-provided notes on Seattle soccer attendance:

Sounders FC to Set Attendance Record on SundayWith over 64,000 expected in attendance on Sunday evening, Sounders FC will set the MLS average attendance record for a fifth straight season. Seattle currently averages a league-best 42,652, and Sunday's attendance will raise the average enough to best the 2012 mark of 43,144. Sounders FC has set the average attendance record in each of its first five seasons, and the 2013 average would rank in the top 10 in the English Premier League (6th), German Bundesliga (10th), Spanish La Liga (3rd) and Italy's Serie A (3rd).

Attendance Averages - 2013 SeasonTeam GP Average TotalSounders FC 16 42,652 682,436Los Angeles 17 21,770 370,084Portland 17 20,674 351,458Montreal 17 20,603 350,259Vancouver 16 20,041 320,653

Top-10 All-Time MLS Attendance Averages

Year Team Average2012 Seattle Sounders FC 43,1442011 Seattle Sounders FC 38,498 2010 Seattle Sounders FC 36,1732009 Seattle Sounders FC 30,8971996 Los Angeles Galaxy 28,9162008 Los Angeles Galaxy 26,0092007 Los Angeles Galaxy 24,2522005 Los Angeles Galaxy 24,2041996 MetroStars 23,8982004 Los Angeles Galaxy 23,809

Sea of Rave GreenFor the fourth time this season, Sounders FC will open the entire seating manifest at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night. In the previous full-stadium games, Sounders FC drew crowds of over 53,000, including 67,385 on August 25 against Portland, marking the second-largest attendance for a standalone match in league history. Overall, Sounders FC has opened the entire stadium seven times in club history, with an average attendance of 60,484, and Seattle has hosted three of the top 10 single-game attendances in league history.

All-Time MLS Single-Game Attendances - ClubAttendance Teams (Competition) Date67,385 Sounders FC 1 vs. Portland Timbers 0 August 25, 201366,452 Sounders FC 3 vs. Portland Timbers 0 October 7, 201264,140 Sounders FC 2 vs. San Jose 1 October 15, 201160,908 Sounders FC 4 vs. LA Galaxy 0 August 5, 2012 55,718 Sounders FC 2 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 August 18, 201255,107 Sounders FC 2 vs. Real Salt Lake 0 September 13, 201353,679 Sounders FC 3 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 June 8, 2013

Top-10 All-Time MLS Single-Game AttendancesAtt. Match Date Location*92,650 Chivas USA vs. New England 8/6/06 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum*92,216 LA Galaxy vs. Tampa Bay 6/16/96 Rose Bowl*88,816 Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy 8/10/05 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum *73,123 San Jose vs. DC United 7/4/99 Stanford Stadium*70,550 Houston vs. LA Galaxy 8/9/06 Reliant Stadium69,255 LA Galaxy vs. MetroStars 4/13/96 Rose Bowl67,385 Sounders FC 1 vs. Portland 0 8/25/13 CenturyLink Field66,452 Sounders FC 3 vs. Portland 0 10/7/12 CenturyLink Field66,237 New York vs. LA Galaxy 8/18/07 Giants Stadium64,140 Sounders FC vs. San Jose 10/15/11 CenturyLink Field*International doubleheader

Big Crowds, Big WinsThe big crowds at CenturyLink Field have translated to big wins for Sounders FC. In games with an attendance of more than 40,000, Sounders FC is 8-0-2 with a plus-16 goal differential (23 goals scored with seven goals allowed). The offense has scored in all 10 matches, including multiple goals seven times. The team gets stronger as the crowds get bigger, winning all six matches played in front of over 55,000, outscoring opponents 14-1.