Sounders Break MLS Record
The Sounders broke the MLS attendance record for the second straight year after 36,242 fans showed up, in the rain no less, to watch Seattle throttle DC United 3-0. The total for this season’s home attendance at CenturyLink Field is 553,987, which surpassed last season’s record setting number and there are still 2 more home matches remaining!
The Sounders have rewarded their fans this season with their solid play and with 4 matches left in the MLS season they are in 2nd position in the Western Conference and have qualified for the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.
On top of that they are in the top of the Group D table for the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
After the DC United match when the Sounders broke the record Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid stated, “It’s great. They come out in our liquid sunshine as well. Our fans are always there for us. I’m just happy that we can go out there and put on a performance like we put on today and, I think, reward them for their support and give them
something to leave and be happy about and be able to hoist a beer to. Our fans have been phenomenal but as I said the other day, the front office and everybody that puts all the effort into doing the whole ticket sales, getting people here, the marketing effort, I have not been with a better organization in this league. There is no better organization in this league.”
Not only do the Sounders own the record for MLS annual attendance, but they also set the record twice for largest crowd for a soccer match when they hosted Barcelona in 2009 and broke the record again when they hosted Manchester United in front of 67,052 fans.
The Sounders have lost in the Conference Semifinals for both years they have been in the MLS and look to improve upon that this post-season, but you can be sure the crowds will be there rain or shine.