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MLS Cup in Seattle will pack some 70K into CenturyLink

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Nearly 70,000 people are expected to pack into CenturyLink Field for Sunday's MLS Cup Final. That puts it in on track to be the most attended soccer match in Seattle history.

This is the third time in four years that Seattle and Toronto are playing against each other for the championship. Seattle is hoping for a repeat of 2016 when the team won. And this time, the Sounders have home field advantage.

"Our fans just deserve this," said Mercer Island native and Sounders forward Jordan Morris at a press conference Thursday. "They deserve the chance to have this game at home, and obviously if we get a win, it will mean a lot for this city."

Raúl Ruidíaz helped clinch the game against LAFC last week, scoring 2 of the 3 goals. He said the team would play just as aggressively against Toronto.

The Sounders beat Toronto in 2016 in the league championship, but lost to them in the 2017 MLS Cup.

Sunday's championship game is sold out, and almost 70,000 people are expected at CenturyLink Field.

Even the Space Needle has gotten into the spirit and hoisted a giant Sounders flag — although the flag remained listless for most of Friday because of the weather.

In July 2017, Ashley Gross became KNKX's youth and education reporter after years of covering the business and labor beat. She joined the station in May 2012 and previously worked five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.
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