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Sounders can break MLS attendance record vs. Timbers

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There's a lot of work to do in a couple days, but Sounders have a chance to get the one record they don't already have.

Jennifer Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The expansion of CenturyLink Field was completed a couple months ago, bringing full capacity to the Seattle Sounders' stadium to right around 69,500. It was about 20 years ago that an announced crowd of 69,255 saw the Los Angeles Galaxy host the New York Metrostars at the Rose Bowl in the first-ever MLS match in Southern California. No one has come particularly close to beating that since.

Although the Sounders are so far being conservative -- they only say they expect a crowd of "over 63,000" -- Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers is their chance to finally break the one MLS attendance record that has so far eluded them. The Sounders already have five of the top seven and six of the top 11 single-game attendances, as well as the top five season averages.

I know attendance has become a somewhat tiresome issue for quite a lot of people. There's something to be said that it's even a bit of a distraction, something the front office can trumpet that doesn't require actually winning trophies.

But breaking the MLS single-game attendance record (not counting double-headers) would be a pretty sweet feather in our fanbase's cap. Doing it against a rival on national TV when the Sounders need a win in the absolute worst way would make it even better.

So put your frustrations aside. Tell your friends. Tell your coworkers. Buy an extra ticket or two if you are able. Let's pack CenturyLink Field like American soccer has never seen before.