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Sounders to set record for US Open Cup attendance

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Of course, all of you that can be there, will be there.

But have you told your friends who aren't normally fans of the sport that the Seattle Sounders will be defending a championship on their home turf on Oct 5th? Have you been an evangelist for the sport?

At the highest level of professional sports Seattle has not had a back-to-back champion, if even a mid-major championship like the US Open Cup. This is that time. While "Best in MLS" is still to come, this trophy is essentially the "Best in the USA" from amateur through all the semi-pro and professional levels, every team has been involved, and Seattle made the Finals. Seattle HOSTS the Finals.

Press release after the poll and break, share your tales of raising the profile of this trophy and this team

U.S. Open Cup Final Attendance to Break Longstanding Record

RENTON, WASH. - Advance ticket sales for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between Seattle Sounders FC and the Columbus Crew have surpassed the record attendance for that event, set 81 years ago. The match on October 5 begins at 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field and will be nationally televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

More than 22,000 tickets have already been sold. The record attendance for an Open Cup final is 21,583 in 1929 between New York Hakoah and Madison Kennel Club of St. Louis. The record in the tournament's modern era, which began in 1996 when Major League Soccer teams joined, is 19,164 for the 2000 final between the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion.

Tickets start at $15 and will be available by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Qwest Field box office or at www.SoundersFC.com.