Seattle Sounders FC: Succeeding On and Off The Pitch

Christopher CantwellContributor IApril 10, 2009

SEATTLE - MARCH 28:  A fan of Seattle Sounders FC shows her support during the MLS match between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders on March 28, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated RSL 2-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seattle Sounders FC are winning on-the-pitch, and winning big off-the-pitch.

The Sounders announced today that their next two home matches, the Quakes on the 25th and the Galaxy on May 10th, have sold out. Their May 30th game against the Champion Columbus Crew has just about 1,000 tickets remaining.

Seattle has now sold out its first five matches at Qwest Field. There has been some outcry by Sounders' fans asking for Qwest Field to be opened up beyond the 27,000 limit put on Sounders' games.

I understand the complaint, but completely agree with Seattle's choice to cap at 27,000. This is the intimate setting Don Garber envisioned when he took over as Commissioner of Major League Soccer.

I sat high up at RFK stadium for LA Galaxy at DC United two summers ago, David Beckham's first MLS match appearance. And as great of a time I had, my times in Columbus, inches from the pitch in every seat, part of the Hudson Street Hooligans and Crew Union, is the feeling I want everyone to take home from an MLS match.

It is great to see the demand high in Seattle, a supply and demand scenario only seen elsewhere in Toronto.

This only excites me more for MLS Cup 2009 at Qwest Field, although I think I will have a tough time finding tickets this year.

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