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The final, impressive numbers on Sunday’s attendance in Seattle

Aug 26, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

Both Seattle playoff matches at home so far fell well south of this swell attendance number; this was the final regular season match at CenturyLink. Both Seattle playoff matches at home so far fell well south of this swell attendance number; this was the final regular season match at CenturyLink.

We knew CenturyLink Field would be stacked and packed to record levels for Sunday’s Cascadia Cup frenzy. Indeed, the club established a franchise record with a crowd of 67,385. The facts:

  • It was the largest crowd ever to see a soccer game in Seattle.
  • It was the second-largest crowd for a stand-alone game in MLS history (that is, a match not attached to an international doubleheader).
  • As The Seattle Times points out, the team is 8-0-2 in home games where the attendance is over 40,000.
  • And it was the third largest soccer attendance in the world this weekend. Yes, in the world. Here’s the list:

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  1. techvet - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    OK, so it was #2 overall in MLS history. Would it be too hard to us what was #1?

    • krazymunky - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Soccer_attendance#Individual_game_highest_attendance

      you can also easily search it yourself on the interwebs.

    • dhagentj - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Galaxy home opener in 1996, the first year of the league.

    • talgrath - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      #1 was the very first match in MLS, between the LA Galaxy and the New York Metro Stars, a record unlikely to be broken (albeit, that mostly comes down to the fact that the maximum attendance in Century Link is 67K). The attendance was approximately 69,000 for the inaugural match of MLS, played in New York’s old Giants Stadium, which had over 80,000 seats, no MLS teams plays in such a large stadium today.

      • randomhookup - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Actually, 1st match in MLS was DC United at San Jose Clash and it drew about 32k.

        Other sources confirm that 69,255 showed up for the LA Galaxy’s home opener against the Metro Stars that same year.

      • talgrath - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Sorry, I seem to recall having read that was the opener and that it was in NY (both stadiums held about 80k). Either way, no team in MLS currently plays in a stadium large enough to beat that crowd.

  2. creek0512 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Two post later you guys say there were 75,032 at Old Trafford today, I guess you are using the definition of “this weekend” quite literally.

  3. talgrath - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    It’s also worth noting the Sounders are 5-0-0 when playing at homes against audiences of 50k or greater.

  4. hildezero - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    This is why Club América and the Mexican league are a joke. They got themselves a 100 grand seater and they sometimes have trouble of going over 20,000. Now don’t let me get started with Guadalajara… Yikes.

    • geojock - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Too bad they have good TV ratings in America. That’s where the cash is.

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