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Up next for Seattle Sounders’ records pursuit: The Cosmos’ American attendance mark

Oct 29, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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Two quick points to make about the Seattle Sounders and the ongoing tale of brilliant attendance growth:

First, it’s a sign of the times that the properly heralded organization just set yet another MLS attendance record, and yet the domestic soccer world is not making a honking big deal about it.

It’s a story, of course; we had a post about it this very morning at ProSoccerTalk. But it’s more of a low key “raise your glass” celebration than a “pop the champagne” blowout.

(MORE: Seattle Sounders break attendance record)

Thing is, we expect great things from soccer and that city, where the rowdy rave green culture keeps leading the way in our game.

On the one hand, it kind of stinks that we might take something like this for granted. But on the other hand, it’s a little bit wonderful that we take it for granted; expecting great things is a sure sign of progress, right?  It’s like instructing a young athlete to celebrate a goal, a touchdown or a big basket a little less because, you know, “Act like you’ve been there before.”

Either way you feel about it, congrats one more time to Seattle Sounders FC and all their loyal supporters.

Now, here’s the next achievement we’d love to see you guys check off.

The 1978 Cosmos, smack in the middle of that remarkable Once in a Lifetime-ness, averaged 47,856 fans. That’s the all-time best attendance average for a season of soccer in the United States.

Back when Seattle set the first MLS season attendance records, starting in the low 30Ks but growing swiftly into the high 30Ks over the first three seasons, the Cosmos record still seemed quite far away.

Today? Not so much.

The Sounders are going to get there soon enough – maybe even by this time next year.

  1. talgrath - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I think the management for the Sounders might wait a bit to open more seats though, there were a couple of home games during the weekdays that had open seats and they don’t want gaps showing in the crowds nor to lose that party atmosphere a Sounders game has right now. I think the Sounders will definitely set the new attendance record in the near future though, as long as something catastrophic doesn’t happen.

  2. jerichowhiskey - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Just read Wahl’s tweet they averaged 44k this year, so they are getting close.

  3. newmanggrrr - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Who cares about the Sounders? They are rubbish.

    • charliej11 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Is that a rhetorical question, or are you just simple ?

      The article is about the huge amount of fans they have…and you ask what ? You ask who cares about them ? Wow, just when you think you can’t hit new lows.

      Should be another sell out if Seattle wins and plays Portland on Saturday.

      I am going to take the other side of that argument that they are close. I am all for them opening up more seats. I know so many people that went to the game on Sunday, who would go to more games, IT WAS GREAT….BUT, lets say the other games are not LA or Portland, but more like NY, drawing 50k. How many 50k games do you need to get the average up to 48k ? Quite a few.

      Roughly. If they increase the smaller stadium up to 40k ( might not be able to ). It would be 7 games at 40k, 8 games at 50k, and 2 games at 67k ( the home field advantage of Cascadia Cup is rotating, this was a good year for Seattle home games )

      • newmanggrrr - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Simply right, Charlie. Seattle are terrible.

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