Seattle Sounders GM Hanauer welcomes Montreal Impact crowd competition

Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer has welcomed competition from Montreal Impact for the most popular club in MLS. Montreal is now ahead of Seattle averaging about 40,000 a game.

Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer has welcomed competition from Montreal Impact for the most popular club in MLS.

Montreal is now ahead of Seattle averaging about 40,000 a game.

Hanauer told the Seattle Times: "It's exciting. It's exciting for the league. I don't think they'll stay there very long, which is unfortunate.

"Again, big crowds, more excitement and more engagement within the league is just a good thing. I'm very happy with our 39,000 per game, so if somebody gets to 42- or 44- or 46 (thousand), we'll try to compete and our fans, I'm sure, will take that as a challenge. But ultimately, it's good. It's a good thing."

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