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Sounders see new MLS attendance record in reach

The tarps are off, and a crowd of around 55,000 is expected at CenturyLink Field tonight when the Sounders host the league-leading LA Galaxy.
The tarps are off, and a crowd of around 55,000 is expected at CenturyLink Field tonight when the Sounders host the league-leading LA Galaxy. Staff writer

The Seattle Sounders seem on their way to setting yet another Major League Soccer season attendance record.

That had been the rule in previous Sounders seasons since joining MLS: a league record in 2009, bettering it in 2010, bettering it again in 2011, and again in 2012, and again in 2013. The run stopped last year -- barely -- when the Sounders once again led the league, but fell just short of their 2013 totals, which remain the MLS high-water marks: 748,652 total, 44,038 average.

Through 15 home dates this season, the Sounders have drawn 640,660 fans, a league-leading average of 42,711. (The newcomer expansion teams are second and third: Orlando City averaging 32,202 and New York City averaging 28,695.)

However, both of the Sounders last two home matches – today against Los Angeles and Oct. 25 against Real Salt Lake – will be played with CenturyLink Field opened to its full capacity.

To set the new league records, the Sounders will have to draw 107,992 fans over the final two games. The club expects around 55,000 today. That would put them less than 53,000 from another record, and the club seems to believe they’ll get that for the season-ender, especially with that game figuring to have some kind of high stakes: whether for the Supporters Shield or playoff qualification or playoff seeding.

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