The Sounders may have lost to the Galaxy in the MLS Playoffs, but we beat them in the U.S. Open Cup. And as data summarized in the Seattle Times show (see below), we absolutely killed them, in terms of attendance. In the MLS attendance league standings, Seattle ranked first, with almost twice as many fans as the LA Galaxy, who came in a distant second (36k vs 21k).
Not much surprise there, but good to know. More interesting was our ranking elsewhere in the world. The Sounders rank 10th in attendance in the English Premier League. That’s right, 10th, which is a pretty amazing statistic. Placing us–the fans–ahead of some famous teams, including Spurs and West Ham. We also rank 2nd in France, 3rd in Italy, and 5th in Spain. Now that’s something I can tell my Dad and skeptical friends in England.