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Seattle crowd 'feels like heaven'
by Mike Woitalla, October 8th, 2012 4:51PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Seattle coach Sigi Schmid hailed his team's fans after a club record 66,452 came out to watch the Sounders beat Northwest rival Portland, 3-0. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* "This is what heaven must be like,” Schmid said emotionally. “In my imagination of heaven, this is it: packed house, beating Portland by three, fans going crazy, it can’t get better than that. This has been the best thing that has happened to me in soccer and I’m thankful every day I’m here." (video below)

* The crowd of 66,452 was the largest in Sounders club history and upped their 2012 average 43,755.

* The Sounders, with two home games left, will set the MLS single-season attendance record for a fourth straight year:
2012 -- 43,755 (2 home games left);
2011 -- 38,496;
2010 -- 36,173;
2009 -- 30,897.

* The Sunday night crowd at CenturyLink Field ranks as the second-highest single-game attendance for a regular-season game in league history, trailing the attendance of 69,255 for the Los Angeles Galaxy's inaugural MLS game at the Rose Bowl on April 13, 1996.

* The league-wide average after 303 games is 18,655.

* MLS's highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996.

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 31
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  16,375  16,183  14,273
Chivas USA (19)  13,009  13,153  14,830
Colorado (13)  15,281  15,157  14,838
Columbus (14)  13,566  14,318  12,185
Dallas (15)  --  14,099  12,861
D.C. United (17)  --  13,483  15,196
Houston (4)  21,178  20,916  17,694
Kansas City (7)  --  19,403  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  27,000  22,895  23,335
Montreal (2)  --  22,945  --
New England (18)  --  13,281  13,222
New York (11)  21,157  17,848  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  17,079  18,023  18,259
Portland (5)  --  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (8)  --  18,998  17,591
San Jose (16)  --  13,542  11,858
Seattle (1)  66,452  43,755  38,496
Toronto FC (9)  15,232  18,280  20,267
Vancouver (6)  17,777  19,380  20,406
Leaguewide  22,191  18,655  17,872


 * Attendance figures, provided by MLS, reflect tickets sold and distributed.

Schmid interview ...



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