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SOCCER FINAL HAS SHOT AT RFK ATTENDANCE MARK

Here's an amazing fact: On Sunday, the Washington Redskins will be playing at home in front of more empty seats than D.C. United.

United's game against the Colorado Rapids for the Major League Soccer championship has been the fastest soccer sellout ever at RFK Stadium.

More than 56,000 tickets have been sold for MLS Cup '97, and organizers were scrambling on Wednesday to arrange extra bleacher seats to threaten the all-time RFK record of 58,012 that witnessed a United States-Portugal soccer game in last year's Olympics.

By mid-afternoon Sunday, there will be some 132,000 people packed into two stadiums roughly five miles apart in the Washington area. The MLS Cup starts at 3:30 p.m., by which time the Redskins-Baltimore Ravens game, which is expected to draw about 76,000 at the 80,000-seat Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, should be in the fourth quarter.

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