Last season, Tottenham of the English Premier League averaged 35,808 fans per home game, while Seattle Sounders FC currently draws 42,771.
Sounder Clint Dempsey, who played last season at Tottenham, was asked about the state of the game in England as opposed to Seattle.
"To me I think it’s similar because of the numbers: maybe even moreso here because of the numbers," he said. "The last game we played against Portland we played before 64,000, and there’s not a lot of stadiums that can replicate that. It’s pretty special to be able to play in front of that type of crowd, especially to be playing in the States in front of a crowd like that. Us as players are pretty spoiled here in Seattle."
On if Seattle-like passion can be replicated in other MLS markets: It could be replicated in terms of selling out the stadiums, but I don’t know if all the stadiums can hold those types of numbers. Hopefully the game continues to grow. Obviously with the TV deals you see being done between Univision, Fox and ESPN, the game and the feedback is growing over here. So it’s good.