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March 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

How much does Seattle love the Sounders?

soundersYou always knew in your heart that the Sounders have the best fans in all of Major League Soccer.   Well here’s the data to prove it.  You can enjoy tonight’s season opener with the knowledge that among the 15 U.S. markets with MLS teams, Seattle/Tacoma has the highest percentage of folks who either attend or watch the games, and the highest percentage who identify as hardcore fans.

In nationwide surveys conducted between August 2011 and September 2012 by market data firm Scarborough Research, 21.5 percent of adults in the Seattle/Tacoma market said they’d watched on TV or attended a game in person in the past year, and 6 percent said they were “very interested” in the MLS.  That ranks us at the top in both categories.  You can see how all the U.S. markets compare in the chart below; roll your mouse over each bar to see the numbers

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