[MAKING A LIST] MLS has come a long way from the days it needed a fireworks show to draw a big crowd. The Seattle Sounders have sold more than 60,000 fans for
Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field (TV: Fox Soccer, live, 7:30 pm PT, 10:30 pm ET). The crowd for retiring Seattle goalie Kasey
Keller's final regular-season home match is already assured of ranking among the top 10 single-game MLS crowds in history.
Of the other nine crowds, seven are for July 4 games. The Los Angeles-MetroStars game to open MLS play in 1996 at the Rose Bowl drew 69,225 fans. David Beckham's first game with the Galaxy against New York at Giants Stadium in 2007 drew 66,237.
The Sounders have sold out 48 consecutive matches at a reduced capacity. The listed capacity of CenturyLink Field for NFL games is 67,000.
Many of the highest-drawing crowds in MLS history were part of doubleheaders with international matches.
Top 10 Single-Game MLS Crowds
|YEAR ||GAME ||EVENT ||CROWD |
|1996 ||Los Angeles-MetroStars ||League opener ||69,225 |
|2007 ||New York-Los Angeles ||Beckham
debut ||66,237 |
|2006 ||Los Angeles-New England
||July 4th ||62,703 |
|2002 ||Colorado-Chicago ||July 4th ||61,202 |
|2001 ||Colorado-D.C. United ||July 4th ||60,500 |
|1999 ||Los Angeles-Miami ||July 4th ||60,433 |
|2011 ||Seattle-San Jose ||Keller farewell ||60,000+ |
|2002 ||Los Angeles-San Jose ||July 4th ||55,234 |
|2000 ||Los Angeles-Columbus ||July 4th ||53,844 |
|1998 ||Los Angeles-Kansas City ||July
4th ||53,655 |