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August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Sounders already guaranteed a team record for attendance in an MLS game

The Sounders have already sold-out the 66,500-seat capacity at CenturyLink Field for Sunday’s 7 p.m. rivalry game against the Portland Timbers.

That means Seattle will set a franchise record for attendance in an MLS game, which was previously the 66,452 that attended last year’s 3-0 home win against the Timbers on Oct. 7, 2012.

The largest crowd the Sounders have ever had is the 67,052 for a friendly against Manchester United on June 20, 2011. That record appears in reach with the team adding additional bleacher seats, standing-room only tickets, plus the attendance in the stadium’s suites.

The largest crowd in CenturyLink Field history is 68,331 for a Seahawks game against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 12, 2007, thought I don’t think that mark is in danger.

The largest crowd for a stand-alone game in MLS history is the 69,255 that attended the Los Angeles Galaxy’s first home game at the Rose Bowl on April 13, 1996. That record also does not appear in reach due to capacity issues, but the Sounders will set a new mark for second place Sunday.

In fact, after the weekend Seattle will boast three of the five largest crowds for a stand-alone game in league history.

Here was coach Sigi Schmid earlier in the week on CenturyLink Field actually being too small for a regular-season game: “It’s a good problem to have. You never would’ve thought that as you started into the career of the Sounders in their second reincarnation here, in MLS. Now to realize that might’ve been the case. Maybe you could’ve sold 75,000 for this week. It’s a fantastic feeling to have.”

Here is a chart from the Sounders on the largest soccer crowds in Seattle history:

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Attendance Date Teams (competition)
67,052 July 20, 2011 Sounders FC vs. Manchester United (friendly)
66,848 Aug. 5, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Barcelona (friendly)
66,830 Aug. 9, 2006 Real Madrid vs. DC United (friendly)
66,722 July 22, 2003 Manchester United vs. Celtic (friendly)
66,452 Oct. 7, 2012 Sounders FC vs. Portland (MLS)
65,289 July 18, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Chelsea (friendly)
64,140 Oct. 15, 2011 Sounders FC vs. San Jose (MLS)
60,908 Aug. 5, 2012 Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
58,218 April 9, 1976 Sounders vs. New York (NASL)
56,416 April 16, 2008 Mexico vs. China (friendly)

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