Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
High Water Mark for U.S. Attendance Rising
Sun Sentinel , July 27th, 2009 4:02PM
Subscribe to Section 2 Around the Net

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Since July 18, 497,846 fans have filled eight U.S. stadiums for games involving a dozen club and national teams. And that's not counting the fans that gathered for the Sunday's Concacaf Gold Cup final and World Football Challenge games. The numbers don't lie about the growing interest for the game in the USA, particularly for high-profile foreign club teams. On Tuesday, 81,224 saw European runner-up Chelsea defeat Serie A champ Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl in the World Football Challenge. The next night in Atlanta, for that same tournament, 53,600 watched Club America beat AC Milan in U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu's debut for the Rossoneri. Even Baltimore sold out the 71,008-seat M&T Bank Stadium for Friday night's Challenge match between Chelsea and AC Milan.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are next with five games scheduled over nine days beginning Saturday. Both clubs have made big splashes in the transfer market this summer. Real Madrid will bring its $284 million trio of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and French striker Karim Benzema for friendlies at Toronto FC on Aug. 7 and D.C. United on Aug. 9.

Madrid is having trouble offloading its excess talent, with Dutch attackers Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar among those on the block. Barcelona, meanwhile, is on the verge of completing a blockbuster deal with Inter Milan that will see Zlatan Ibrahimovic come to Barcelona in return for Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o.

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives