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Sounders GM pleased with 32,204 for Rapids on short notice; expects more for Timbers on Saturday

The Sounders-Rapids attendance of 32,204 last night was the smallest ever home crowd for a Sounders playoff game. However, general manager Adrian Hanauer said he was pleased with it, considering tickets went one sale only two days in advance.

Hanauer said the club expects more for Portland, but no decision has yet been made to increase the seating capacity if demand exceeds normal supply.

"The reality is selling these games with two days notice or three days notice is tough," he said. "I’ll imagine you’ll see how tough it is – well, Halloween as well – but see how tough it is in Houston tonight. So, all things being equal, 32,000, I actually thought that was pretty darn good. I think we anticipate a bigger number on Saturday. And the configuration, I don’t know what we’re planning. I assume we’re planning something in our normal configuration. … I am not sure if we’ve made (the decision whether to expand according to demand). I guess if we get close to having to make that decision, that’s when we’ll finally decide."