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2013 Top 20 U.S. Soccer Crowds
by Paul Kennedy, November 17th, 2013 5:53AM

TAGS:  argentina, brazil, gold cup, mexico, mls


[ATTENDANCE WATCH] Brazil drew a crowd of 71,124 Saturday night at Miami's Sun Life Stadium to watch it beat Honduras, 5-0, in a friendly. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a soccer match in Florida and almost 11,000 fans more than the Dolphins drew Sunday afternoon for their NFL game against the San Diego Chargers.

Brazil-Honduras crowd was the second largest crowd of the year after the crowd of 81,140 for the Gold Cup semifinals at Cowboys Stadium.

Argentina-Ecuador drew a crowd of 49,165 Friday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. International friendly action continues Tuesday with Brazil-Chile in Toronto, Argentina-Bosnia-Herzegovina in St. Louis and Ecuador-Honduras in Houston.

Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds of 2013 include five MLS games, five Gold Cup games, seven national team friendlies, two Guinness International Champions Cup doubleheaders and one club friendly.

2013 Top 20 U.S. Soccer Crowds
81,410 1. USA-Honduras/Mexico-Panama (Gold Cup semifinals) in Arlington, Texas
71,124 2. Brazil-Honduras (friendly) in Miami Gardens, Fla.
70,540 3. USA-El Salvador/Honduras-Costa Rica (Gold Cup quarterfinals) in Baltimore
67,385 4. Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers (MLS) in Seattle
67,273 5. Real Madrid-Chelsea/LA Galaxy-AC Milan (Guinness Int'l Champions Cup) in Miami Gardens, Fla.
66,216 6. Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy (MLS) in Seattle
62,310 7. Brazil-Portugal (friendly) in Foxboro, Mass.
62,107 8. Mexico-Nigeria (friendly) in Houston
57,920 9. USA-Panama (Gold Cup final) in Chicago
56,822 10. Mexico-Panama/Canada-Martinique (Gold Cup Group A) in Pasadena Calif.
55,107 11. Seattle Sounders-Real Salt Lake (MLS) in Seattle
54,229 12. Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago/Panama-Cuba (Gold Cup quarterfinals) in Atlanta
54,184 13. Real Madrid-Inter Milan (friendly) in St. Louis
53,679 14. Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) in Seattle
50,028 15. San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy (MLS) in Stanford, Calif.
49,165 16. Argentina-Ecuador (friendly) in East Rutherford, N.J.
48,263 17. Manchester City-Chelsea (friendly) in St. Louis
47,359 18. USA-Germany (friendly) in Washington, D.C.
43,345 19. Mexico-Denmark (friendly) in Glendale, Ariz.
41,983 20. Chelsea-Inter Milan (Guinness Int'l Champions Cup) in Indianapolis, Ind.

  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.
    Well we know Miami is a big event town. The problem with that, as we all know, its not a regular season town. Even the 2 time NBA champs don't sell out every game. The Miami Fusion struggled to get 15k in their small stadium. Nothing David Beckham does is going to change that community dynamic.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
    Well, in the short term, you are almost certainly going to have the Beautiful People who will at least be filling some seats, though not watching the game. (The experience in LA.)
  1. Footballer Forever
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
    I went to the Brazil vs Honduras game and it was an electrifying match even if Honduras was no match for Brazil in the second half. Out of the 71,124, easily 30,000 were Honduras while 30,000 Brasilians were on the stands with probably 11000 being football fans from other nationalities. You were not there, no problem, you can still watch and "experience" the lively enviroment and in the meantime you can take a full portugese crash course while watching the entire game in portugese ;)
  1. Footballer Forever
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
  1. Joey Tremone
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.
    Also, Miami's financial success will depend more on whether the luxury boxes are filled than whether the working class stands are.

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