There will be another massive crowd on hand to see what could be anything from the franchise's crowning achievement to its biggest failure when the Seattle Sounders close out the regular season against the LA Galaxy on Oct. 27. With about a week-and-a-half until the game, the Sounders announced that they've already distributed more than 64,000 tickets for the match (tickets still available). That will likely end up being no worse than the third-highest attended match in Sounders history and has an outside match of breaking the team's single-game record of 67,385 earlier this year against the Portland Timbers.
Even if that ended up being the final number, that would push the Sounders' average attendance to 43,908. That would top last year's record-breaking average of 43,144. It would also mark the fifth straight year the Sounders had set a new attendance record. They would still trail the all-time attendance records for the United States, though, as the New York Cosmos drew 47,856 in 1978 and 46,690 in 1979. The total attendance of about 1.47 million over two years is more than the Cosmos' best two-year total of about 1.41 million, though.
Depending on how the results go this weekend, something even bigger could be decided: the winner of the Supporters' Shield or even who makes the playoffs.
While unlikely, there is a scenario in which the winner of the Sounders-Galaxy match will also claim the Supporters' Shield. That would likely require the Portland Timbers-Real Salt Lake match to end in a tie and for the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City to each drop points in one of their final two games. The Sounders and Galaxy would also have to win their matches this weekend.
On the other side of the coin, if the Sounders and Galaxy both lose this weekend, there's a chance a playoff spot could also be on the line. That would require the Colorado Rapids to claim at least four points in their two games against the Vancouver Whitecaps and for the Earthquakes to win both of their final two matches.
The good news for the Sounders is that they've gone 4-0-0 with a 10-1 goal-difference in the previous games with at least 60,000 in attendance.