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Seattle Sounders Set To Break Another Record

The Sounders are already known for breaking attendance records and selling out their season tickets. Now Seattle is set to break another record: for a crowd attending the U.S. Open Cup final.

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Record attendance for this game was set 81 years ago, when the final between New York Hakoah and Madison Kennel Club of St. Louis played in front of 21,583 in 1929. Since Major League Soccer joined the cup competition in 1996, the attendance has peaked at 19,164 in 2000 for the final between the Chicago Fire and the Miami Fusion.

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This year’s Open Cup takes place at Qwest Field on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. With the chance for the Sounders to repeat as champions—something that hasn’t been done since 1982 and 1983, when New York Pancyprian-Freedoms won back-to-back titles—fans are snapping up tickets to the match. More than 22,000 have been sold with three weeks to go.

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Provided that these ticket holders show up (and I see no reason why they wouldn’t) Seattle will break the U.S. Open Cup attendance record. Now to sell out the stadium …