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Sounders to open up CenturyLink for five games

Sounders will open up the full stadium four matches this season - Vancouver, Portland, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake. The Manchester United - Club America Friendly is a full stadium match as well.

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Sounders announced today that the club will open up the whole stadium for five matches this year. The club plans to average 60,000 fans at Century Link for the games. Starting with the Manchester United - Club America friendly on Friday, July 18th as part of the International Champions Cup.

The remaining four matches will be major regular season matches going down the stretch. Both remaining home Cascadia matches, Saturday, August 1st versus Vancouver and Sunday, August 30th against Portland. If the Sounders keep up their winning streak in Cascadia, the match against Portland could be the deciding match for the Cascadia Cup. If not, then the final match for the Sounders is September 19th in Vancouver.

The other two matches will be the remaining home matches against Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake. These are the only two home games in October, the 4th and 25th. While both sides are currently sit outside of the playoffs, they always show up for games against the Sounders and late in the season and could still potentially be major players in the playoffs.

If one were to ask the fans to rank Seattle's rivals, these four teams would almost certainly come out on top.

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