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50,000 fans in MLS a big deal says Rapid Vienna's Boyd, Roma's Bradley

USA national team striker Terrence Boyd admits more than 50,000 supporters at a MLS match is a massive deal.

Saturday's league clash between Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps at CenturyLink Field attracted 53,679 fans who saw the home team salute 3-2.

Ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the US and Panama, Rapid Vienna's Boyd, formerly of Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund, says that is a crowd that the German Bundesliga would be proud of let alone America's top flight.

"I heard there were many soccer fans, but I didn't know that much," Boyd told reporters. "This is a great commercial for MLS, what's happening right now. Fifty-thousand? Even in the Bundesliga, this is a big deal."

AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley added: "Anybody who pays attention to MLS sees what a special thing they have going here in Seattle.

"Whether you've been to a game or just watched the highlights on the MLS website, you see how passionate the people here are and how much their team means to them.

"We hope when we step on the field, they can support us in the same way."

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