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MLS Teams Unveil Alternate Jerseys; Player Poll Gives Sounders Best Stadium Atmosphere
Published February 27, 2013
HEADING TO THE POLLS: SI.com's Grant Wahl conducted a preseason player poll and asked which MLS stadium had the best atmosphere. The Sounders' Qwest Field led with nine votes, followed in second by the Timbers' Jeld-Wen Field, with eight votes. Wahl wrote, "No surprise at all here. The only question was going to be which Pacific Northwest team edged out the other. Seattle has bigger numbers (more than 43,000 fans per game), while Portland may have an even harder core." He also asked which stadium had the worst atmosphere. FC Dallas Stadium led with six votes, followed by Gillette Stadium (Revolution) with four, and The Home Depot Center (Chivas USA), Columbus Crew Stadium and RFK Stadium (DC United), which each garnered two votes. Wahl: "Dallas has clearly not taken advantage of having its own soccer stadium for the team. New England has also gone stagnant from an atmosphere perspective. ... The Revolution crowd seemed more festive back in the earlier days of the league" (SI.com, 2/26).