Top 10 single-game MLS crowds

[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
1 comment about "Top 10 single-game MLS crowds".
  1. R.a. Vizcarra, October 14, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.

    OMG!!! Seattle is not number 1, or 2 or 3...but 6th!! The humanity, seattle fans thought they were tops, NOT.

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