With its fourth consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs berth secured, Seattle Sounders FC returns home to host the Portland Timbers in the club’s final Cascadia Cup match of the season on Sunday evening. The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and played in front of an expected crowd of more than 66,000, which would mark the largest crowd for an MLS match at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT.
The Sounders FC invite fans to plan ahead to avoid traffic congestion and delays for this Sunday’s Sounders FC versus Portland Timbers match at CenturyLink Field. General gates open at 4:30 p.m. and first kick is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. More than 66,000 tickets have been distributed for the match, the largest crowd in MLS this season.
Recently retired Sounders FC forward Roger Levesque will receive the “Golden Scarf” during a pre-match ceremony. The “Golden Scarf” ceremony was created to honor a group or individual in recognition of their impact in the soccer community and represents the Sounders FC core values of passion, courage and community outreach.
Fans are reminded that both directions of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from north of the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge around-the-clock from 6 a.m. Saturday through 4 p.m. Sunday.
Attendance Records Broken
With 66,000 tickets distributed for Sunday’s match, Seattle Sounders FC has set the MLS average attendance record at 38,581 and total attendance record at 655,878 with two more home games remaining.* The average attendance is higher than last year’s 38,498 and the total is over 1,400 more than the 2011 record. The match will be the largest single-game attendance since last year’s San Jose home match, and could rank as the second largest crowd for a MLS match in league history. The largest single-game attendance in MLS history for a standalone match was 69,255 for the league’s inaugural match at the Rose Bowl in 1996. The record for a MLS match is 92,650 on August 6, 2005 at the Los Angeles Coliseum for Chivas USA-New England as part of a doubleheader with Barcelona-CD Guadalajara.
*Average attendance is 43,725 excluding Salt Lake and Dallas home games
MLS Single Game Attendance Records
Attendance Date Result Location
92,650^ August 6, 2006 Chivas USA 1 vs. New England 1 LA Memorial Coliseum
92,216^ June 16, 1996 LA Galaxy 3 vs. Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 Rose Bowl
88,816^ August 10, 2005 Chivas USA 0 vs. LA Galaxy 1 LA Memorial Coliseum
73,123+ July 4, 1999 San Jose 2 vs. DC United 1 Stanford Stadium
70,550^ August 9, 2006 Houston 0 vs. LA Galaxy 1 Reliant Stadium
69,255 April 13, 1996 LA Galaxy 2 vs. Metro Stars 1 Rose Bowl
66,237 August 18, 2007 New York 5 vs. LA Galaxy 4 Giants Stadium
64,140 October 15, 2011 Sounders FC 2 vs. San Jose 1 CenturyLink Field
62,703+ July 4, 1996 LA Galaxy 0 vs. New England 1 Rose Bowl
61,572 August 8, 2009 San Jose 0 vs. Columbus Crew 3 Candlestick Park
^ – International Doubleheader
+ – July 4
Sea of Rave Green
All told, nearly one million people (985,857) have attended a Sounders FC match this season, including home and road matches across all competitions and the Chelsea FC friendly (MLS Reserve League not included). There have been 674,387 people who have entered the gates at CenturyLink Field for matches this season, of which 589,878 attended MLS matches.
Three of the top 12 attendances for soccer games in Seattle have been this season, including the LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches as well as the friendly against Chelsea. The largest attendance for a single match this season in MLS was 60,908 for the August 5 game against the LA Galaxy. The largest attendance for a MLS match in Seattle was 64,140 for a 2-1 win against San Jose on October 15, 2011 and the largest attendance for a soccer game in the Pacific Northwest was 67,052 for the July 20, 2011 friendly versus Manchester United.
Seattle Top 12 Attendances
Attendance Date Teams (Competition)
67,052 July 20, 2011 Sounders FC vs. Manchester United (friendly)
66,848 August 5, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Barcelona (friendly)
66,830 August 9, 2006 Real Madrid vs. DC United (friendly)
66,722 July 22, 2003 Manchester United vs. Celtic (friendly)
65,289 July 18, 2009 Sounders FC vs. Chelsea (friendly)
64,140 October 15, 2011 Sounders FC vs. San Jose (MLS)
60,908 August 5, 2012 Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
58,218 April 9, 1976 Sounders vs. New York (NASL)
56,416 April 16, 2008 Mexico vs. China (friendly)
56,256 August 25, 1977 Sounders vs. Los Angeles (NASL)
55,718 August 18, 2012 Sounders FC vs. Vancouver (MLS)
53,309 July 18, 2012 Sounders FC vs. Chelsea (friendly)
Cascadia Cup at Stake on Sunday
The 2012 Cascadia Cup could be decided at CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening. Two points behind Portland, Seattle must win its final derby match of the season to retain the Cascadia Cup. A draw or a loss would secure the Cup for the rival Timbers. The final Cascadia Cup match of the season is October 20 between the Timbers and Whitecaps at BC Place.
All nine regular season MLS matches between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver will be included in the 2012 Cascadia Cup competition. The team with the most points after all matches is the winner. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head points, followed by goal differential and then goals scored.
Cascadia Cup Schedule/Results
May 19 BC Place, Vancouver Sounders FC 2 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
May 26 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 at Portland Timbers 1
June 24 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Sounders FC 1 at Portland Timbers 2
August 18 CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 0
August 25 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 at Portland Timbers 2
September 15 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Sounders FC 1 at Portland Timbers 1
September 29 BC Place, Vancouver Sounders FC 0 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
October 7 CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
October 20 BC Place, Vancouver Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers
2012 Cascadia Cup Standings
Team GP Record (points) Goals For/Goals Against
Portland Timbers 4 2-0-2 (8 points) 6/4
Seattle Sounders FC 5 1-1-3 (6 points) 6/5
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5 0-2-3 (3 points) 4/7
All-Time Series with Portland
The rivalry between Seattle and Portland soccer teams dates back nearly four decades when the Sounders and Timbers first met in the NASL. The sides went on to battle each other in the WSL, USL and U.S. Open Cup before reuniting in the top tier of professional soccer last year. Seattle holds the all-time series lead with 40 wins, 28 losses and 10 draws in 78 matches.
All-Time Series Record
Year League Record
1975-82 NASL Sounders 13 wins; Timbers 8 wins
1985-90 WSL FC Seattle 5 wins; FC Portland/Timbers 6 wins; 2 draws
2001-08 USL-1 Sounders 20 wins; Timbers 13 wins; 5 draws
2009-10 U.S. Open Cup Sounders FC 1 win; Timbers 0 wins; 1 draw
2011-12 MLS Sounders FC 1 win; Timbers 1 win; 2 draws
Totals: 78 matches played; Seattle 40 wins; Portland 28 wins; 10 draws