SEATTLE - JUNE 05: Fans of the Seattle Sounders FC hold signs during team introductions prior to the game against the New England Revolution on June 5, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated the Revolution 3-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
With two months until the match, ECS needed just 28 minutes to sell out their allotment of 430 tickets for the Seattle Sounders' away match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. The tickets were sold as part of a package that also included bus travel to the Jeld-Wen Field and were made available to ECS members only. Each member was allowed to buy just one ticket per membership and they were sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"I thought that more people would balk at the tickets being coupled and then we'd have to adjust in a week or after a few days," ECS co-President Keith Hodo said. "I think that our selling out so many tickets so quickly indicates that the demand is there. Remember, we only sold our allocation to ECS members, so who knows how many people from the general public would want to go and they can't."
In addition to the 430 tickets sold through ECS, other Sounders supporters groups distributed 70 more. Gorilla FC distributed 45, while North End Faithful handled 25. Those two groups also sold to members only.
This week, of course, marks the official renewal of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry when the two meet as MLS teams for the first time on Saturday. The Timbers are expected to bring at least 500 of their own fans to the match.