The Seattle Sounders are about to set yet another Major League Soccer season attendance record.
More than 53,000 fans are expected for the Sounders’ regular-season-ending match Sunday against Real Salt Lake, when CenturyLink Field will be opened to its full capacity. That will send the Sounders over the existing club and league record.
The 2014 season was the only one that the Sounders haven’t set an MLS season attendance record. The Sounders drew more fans in their 2009 expansion season than any MLS team before them. They it in 2010, then again in 2011, and again in 2012, and again in 2013. Last season was the exception, when the Sounders once again led the league, but fell just short of their 2013 total remains the MLS high-water marks: 748,652 total, 44,038 average.
The Sounders’ current average attendance of 43,547 is second in the Western Hemisphere behind only Mexican club Monterrey, and 28th in the world -- directly behind Liverpool, which the Sounders will pass Sunday.