“Keep ’em coming. Keep those big crowds coming.”
Coach Sigi Schmid couldn’t wait to get those words out. In fact, he interrupted the reporter’s question to say as much.
Another big crowd (this one of 55,107). Another big win.
Here are some updates on the relevant figures:
Sounders are 9-0-2 in front of home crowds over 40,000. Goal differential: 25-8.
Sounders are 8-0-1 in front of home crowds over 45,000. Goal differential: 22-6.
Sounders are 7-0-0 in front of home crowds over 50,000. Goal differential: 17-3.
Sounders are 6-0-0 in front of home crowds over 55,000. Goal differential: 14-1.
Let’s be honest. That’s pretty amazing.
“Our team reacts well to that — the energy, the excitement,” Schmid said. “I think the noise was fantastic. The amount of people that stayed at the end of the game was fantastic. I think the crowd definitely helps us, and it’s a big plus for us. I don’t think we’ll always have (Seahawks quarterback) Russell Wilson in the stands, because he drew a pretty big ovation. We wish him and the Seahawks best of luck for Sunday, but I think we are creating something in our own right, as well.”
Added Mauro Rosales: “Winning in front of our fans is always is always the best feeling that we can have.”
Sounders FC’s average attendance is up to 43,180 this season with one more game scheduled to be at full capacity (Oct. 27 versus the Los Angeles Galaxy).
DeAndre Yedlin said “it’s amazing to have over 55,000 fans for a non-Cascadia Cup game. It’s incredible. These are the best fans in the league, some of the best fans in the world, and it’s great to get this win for them.”