A record crowd of more than 67,000 fans packed CenturyLink Field Sunday night, as the Seattle Sounders downed the Portland Timbers 1-0 on a goal by Eddie Johnson in the 60th minute.
The final tally of 67,385 fans was a home record for the Sounders, beating last October’s match with Portland which was watched by just over 66,000. It’s the second largest stand-alone crowd in Major League Soccer history.
“We would come to the Kingdome and watch the Sounders with all those old British guys playing,” said Adam Bailey as he walked into CenturyLink Field with his two sons, “We had crowds of 35,000 in the 70’s.”
Some fans said they wished the Sounders would open the all the seats at CenturyLink field for every game.
“It’s nice to be in a town where people like ‘real’ football,” commented Sounders supporter Anisa Woodall.
Sunday’s game was also the home debut of American soccer star Clint Dempsey, who was signed by Seattle after playing for several years in England.
The win moves Seattle into fifth place in the Western Conference.