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2012 Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds
by Paul Kennedy, December 28th, 2012 1:16AM

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[ATTENDANCE WATCH] Brazil attracted 2012's top three U.S. crowds for friendly games it played in late spring. The Seattle Sounders drew nine of the 20 largest crowds, seven for MLS regular-season matches and one each for the MLS playoffs and a friendly against Chelsea.

2012 Top 20 U.S. crowds
ATT.  GAME
84,519 1. Mexico-Brazil (friendly) in Arlington, Texas
81,994 2. Argentina-Brazil (friendly) in East Rutherford, N.J.
67,619 3. USA-Brazil (friendly) in Landover, Md.
66,452 4. Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers (MLS)
60,908 5. Seattle Sounders-Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
57,748 6. Chelsea-AC Milan (friendly) in Miami
55,718 7. Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS)
53,309 8. Seattle Sounders-Chelsea (friendly)
51,615 9. Mexico-Colombia (friendly) in Miami
51,240 10. Mexico-Bosnia (friendly) in Chicago
50,391 11. San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy (MLS) in Stanford, Calif.
49,474 12. Real Madrid-AC Milan (friendly) in Bronx, N.Y.
46,932 13. Seattle Sounders- Sporting KC (MLS)
44,735 14. Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy (MLS playoffs)
44,438 15. USA-Scotland (friendly) in Jacksonville, Fla.
42,273 16. Liverpool-Tottenham (friendly) in Baltimore
40,128 17. Mexico-Venezuela (friendly) in Houston
39,312 18. Seattle Sounders-Real Salt Lake (MLS)
39,060 19. Seattle Sounders-Colorado Rapids (MLS)
39,002 20. Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy (MLS)



1 comment
  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: December 28, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.
    80,000 to watch Argentina - Brazil in New Jersey, but no RedBulls games among the top twenty biggest crowds. So if MLS isn't making that DP money back in attendance, it better be selling jerseys. Lots of them. And every MLS crowd listed here but one, San Jose - LA, was a Sounders game. So lets go into debt to finance a team in Brooklyn or the Bronx? It will be 15 years before MLS is looking at the quality of play those 80,000 fans watching Argentina-Brazil demand. So why not take take that money and invest In fully funded coaching courses run by Spanish - not British - UEFA licensed coaches, and put the rest in youth development. MLS doesn't need more debt, and it doesn't need greedy corporate sponsors dictating league decisions. Fans will come when quality is there.

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